In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ideas about the components of soil.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • recognise that inorganic mineral particles are components of soil
  • recognise that organic matter (including living organisms) is a component of soil
  • recognise that water and air are components of soil
  • justify their choices about what makes up soil.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student worksheet.

Acknowledgements:
Pebbles by Joanbanjo. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Drops Impact by Marlon Felippe. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Clay-ss-2005 by Siim. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Leaf litter by Mokkie. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Concrete Casting Defect Blowhole by Elgewen - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons 1.0
Two diamonds by Washington Diamonds Corporation/Inbal-Tania Studio. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Turtle plushie by Anil Öztas. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de
Microbes, earthworms and dead insects, © University of Waikato

    Published 14 July 2015