Step 1: Underground Meeting
Read about soil - its definition, types, creatures found in it, function, and its characteristics. Use the links found in the Resources section above to acquire information about soil. Write in your Soil Journal the characteristics of each type of soil. You may even draw each type so you could remember how it looks.
Step 2: All Soiled Up
Go to your garden and observe the types of soil that you can find. Wear gloves and use a shovel in collecting soil for each type. Place your samples in a container.
Did you find any organism or creature when you dug the ground? Visit the Field Guide in the Dirt on Soil website for a list and photos of what crawls and creeps in the soil. But those creepie-crawlies are not just there for nothing - they serve special purposes for the soil. Learn more about them by clicking on the link.
Step 3: Matching Type
Using the samples that you have collected, spread them on a flat surface, analyze how they look, and compare them with the ones found in your journal. Identify the type of soil that you have gathered by referring to this link: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/soil/name_soil.html
Step 4: Garden in a Box
Browse through a variety of resources in making a terrarium following the instructions from the site above. You may come up with a themed terrarium, if you wish. Simply browse through the link, and decide on a theme that you would like to use for your terrarium. However, make sure to include all the types of soil that you were able to collect previously.
Step 5: Presenting: The Inside Story on Soil
Make a PowerPoint presentation about soil by using the information that you have gathered. Include all the essential subtopics, such as types of soil and their characteristics, creatures found in the soil, preservation of soil, and substances that make a soil rich.