School Garden Soil Resources
This post is the second in a series of posts with resources for teachers teaching across the curriculum in their school gardens. This post lists some of the resources shared on the topic of soil science in school gardens from session two of the garden classroom series. If you are interested in participating, you can learn more about which districts are hosting the series here.
Related post: School garden weed resources
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Soil resource books for grades K-3
We need soil by Ji-jyeon Lee
Dirt, the scoop on soil by Natalie M. Rosinsky
Up in the garden, down in the dirt by Kate Messner
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
My Mud Kitchen is Rad by Allison Bakkum
Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman
Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground by Samantha Grover
Soil resource books for grades 4-7
Soil erosion and how to prevent it by Natalie Hyde
The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
Different kinds of soil by Molly Aloian
Micro life in soil by Natalie Hyde
How is soil made? by Heather L. Montgomery
What’s sprouting in my trash? by Esther Porter
Why do we need soil? by Kelley MacAulay
Composting: Nature’s Recyclers by Robin Koontz
School garden soil resources for teachers
Common mushrooms of the Northwest by J. Duane Sept
A little bit of dirt: 55 science and art activities to reconnect children with nature by Asia Citro
Soil science resources for teachers available on the nutrients for life website
Soil Inquiry Kit
This kit is available from Canada’s Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store. The kit includes a 10 page PDF with book specific lesson sparks, guiding questions, and curricular connections for playful explorations of soil in your school garden or school yard. The kit also includes 8 curated picture books as well as multiple resources for hands on exploration and learning. It supports student learning across the curriculum, with a specific focus on how soil is different from dirt, and the importance of soil in our daily lives.
Soil Study & Inquiry Podcast!
If you’d like to learn more, listen in on a one hour podcast recorded with Green Teacher and CBEEN hosts Jade and Ian on the Green Teacher Earthy Podcast.