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Project Hero

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 9 seconds

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Global

Project Hero Soil Quest - Uncover: Soil & Climate

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Synopsis
  • This resource details how healthy soil is able to sequester carbon and release less carbon into the atmosphere. 
  • Students will consider how important soil is in minimizing carbon release into the atmosphere, the benefits of healthy soil, and how soil plays a role in carbon cycling. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is a great introduction to the relationship between soil, carbon, and our climate. 
  • The videos and chart are easy to understand and engaging. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some prior knowledge of carbon and soil. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes that are discussing ways governments can help the environment and communities. 
  • Science classes can connect this resource to lessons about the ecosystem benefits of forests and natural environments, erosion, the benefits of organic and regenerative farming, and the carbon cycle.
  • Try using the "Questions to Consider" at the end of the resource as group work. Groups of students can tackle each question in an in-depth way, then teach their peers.
  • Other related resources include this carbon cycle coloring page, this lesson plan about soil, and this video about the importance of soil.
Scientist Notes

The resource emphasizes how soil affects climate. It highlights the fact that unhealthy soil releases more carbon that has been sequestered, particularly when it is broken up by inversion tilling, deep plowing, sub-soiling, or bulldozing. The material is suggested for teaching because it is informative in gaining a greater understanding of the relationships between soil, carbon, and climate.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • 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.6-8.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
      • 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.
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