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Project Hero


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Ebooks
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 5 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Outdoors

Regional Focus


Project Hero Soil Quest - Uncover: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Soil

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  • Students will uncover the differences between healthy and unhealthy soil and the important role healthy soil plays in ecosystems by reading digital text, watching a video, and answering questions. 
Teaching Tips


  • The animated video is engaging and connects the topic to students' own yards or gardens.
  • The Points to Ponder help students solidify their understanding of the information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is the beginning of the Uncover stage of the Project Hero Soil Quest. The prior two stages are called Introduction and Questions.
  • Click on the book icon for links to additional resources. 
  • There is an optional activity for students to investigate soil and compare to their initial findings in step two. Teachers can bring soil inside for this or take their students outside.


  • Teachers can ask students to bring a soil sample from home or somewhere in the community to use for the "Up Close with Soil" investigation. 
  • The Points to Ponder can be used for class discussion, small group conversation, or individual written reflection.
  • Students can use this lesson or this video to further explore connections between soil and ecosystems.
Scientist Notes

This resource is essential to deepen students knowledge on soil health, carbon cycle processes and interactions within the soil and atmosphere, and to differentiate between a healthy and unhealthy soil (as well as its importance in hosting an healthy ecosystem). This resource is ideal for classroom.

  • Science and Engineering
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
      • R.6-8.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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