Soil Unit


Want to save time planning your soil lessons and have access to resources that students love? This Soil Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, hands-on activities, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included.

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Soil Unit

This Soil Unit will provide you with detailed lesson plans and fun, hands-on activities for teaching soil formation, soil components, and the importance of soil! With everything you need in this unit, you will save time planning and your students will love learning about science with engaging activities.

To take a closer look at some of the activities included in this unit, click the preview images at the top of the page.

What will students investigate with these detailed lesson plans?

  • Why soil is important and how it supports life
  • How soil is formed
  • The different components and types of soil
  • What type of soil is best for growing plants

This Soil Unit also comes with two bonus lessons about the layers of soil and soil conservation. The information from these bonus lessons is not included on the assessment found in this unit, but these lessons provide some additional hands-on activities that can be used to reinforce the concepts listed above. These bonus lessons are optional and are meant to enhance the standard.

What comes in this Soil Unit?

  • 4 Detailed lesson plans (and two bonus lessons)
  • Worksheets
  • Entry/exit tickets
  • Sorts
  • Foldable
  • Passage and questions
  • Center activities
  • Student investigation book
  • Quiz
  • Test
  • Lots of engaging, hands-on activities and experiments
  • 2 Sets of Word Wall Cards: One set of word wall cards with pictures and another set with only the term on each card.
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities and experiments included within this set and provides links to websites featuring videos of concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys

What key terms are used throughout the unit?

  • Soil
  • Nutrients
  • Humus
  • Clay
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Weathering

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Soil Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

This Soil Unit closely aligns with most science standards related to teaching soil although it is specifically aligned to the 2018 Virginia Science SOL 3.6.

What are other buyers saying about this science unit?

  • “This is a very thorough resource. I love how laid out everything is for me to follow. The students love how many hands-on ideas are included. Thank you!” (Megan W.)
  • “Your science units are always my favorite! Thanks for another high quality, complete unit aligned with the SOLs! I can’t wait to use this with my students.” (Arianna T.)
  • “I love using these units! They’re easy to follow and prepare for. I love the hands-on experiences for the students.” (anonymous buyer)
  • “I love how easily this unit is laid out. I also love all of the hands-on activities for the kids!” (Amy D.)
  • “Great resource to use to help students understand the components of soil.” (Terry S.)
  • “This is a great resource!” (Elizabeth P.)
  • “Great and complete resource!” (Susan S.)

Want to save money?

This Soil Unit is included in my 3rd Grade Science Unit Bundle for a discounted price!

Don’t Miss Out!

This Soil Unit is perfect if you are low on planning time or have no idea where to begin. Students will also have fun learning about soil formation, the components of soil, and the importance of soil as they complete all of the activities!


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