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 thermometer

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 Inquiry Kit

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.

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