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What on Earth is happening?

East Campus first-graders embarked on soil project and learned the differences between sand, silt and clay.

Ms. Holli Wilkins, the teacher, said she brought soil from her backyard and students brought samples as well as part of the science project. “They observed, compared, described and sorted components of soil by size, texture and color,” Ms. Wilkins said in explaining the lesson plan.

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The plan also includes students watching a video on “What’s on Earth?” and a worksheet on the types of soil activity.

The first-graders also learned about loam, a mixture (as for plastering) composed chiefly of moistened clay. Soil is often referred to as the foundation of life because nearly every material we use comes from it, according to Earth Day Network, which supports the environmental movement.

Photo by Ms. Wilkins


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