The Dirt on Soils

The Dirt on Soil

Available: September, October, May, June

Come explore various ecosystems such as forests, riverbanks and rotting logs around the Rouge Park. Experimenting with different instruments such as soil samplers, will help students understand the composition of soils.  As the day continues, students will have the opportunity to further investigate how plants, animals and soils are interdependent.

During the day, students are likely to get a little dirt under their nails!

Itinerary: Students will investigate how soils differ in composition and characteristics.  Throughout the day together, we will also explore the interdependence between living and non-living things.

Overall Expectations:

Science and Technology: 
  • 2 investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils 

Specific Expectations:

Science and Technology: 
  • 2.2 investigate the components of soil, the condition of soil, and additives found in soil using a variety of soil samples from different local environments, and explain how the different amounts of these components in a soil sample determine how the soil can be used. 
  • 2.4 investigate the process of composting, and explain some advantages and disadvantages of composting 
  • 3.3 describe the interdependence between the living and non-living things that make up soil