Lesson Plan: Soil with Soul

Students take soil samples to identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy soils.

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Lesson 5.3: Soil with Soul


In this lesson written for grades 7-8, students learn how the simple act of composting their plant-based wastes can help create a sustainable future in several vital ways. Then they take a microscopic look at a variety of soil samples to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy soils. Along the way, they learn the value of topsoil, why it is threatened, and what they can do to help protect it.


Estimated time needed: 55 minutes


All lessons are mapped to CCSS, NGSS, EFS, and TEKS standards.




Students will be able to…

  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy soil.
  • Explain why we need to think sustainably about soil.
  • Describe how they create healthy soil.


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