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Scoop on Soils Program Resources

Recommended Reading

Image result for muddy maxMuddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch illustrations by Mike Lawrence
Grades: 4-6
Lexile Level: not available

Selected because
Graphic novel about a boy who gets superpowers when muddy. Good information about soil as a system, positive message about getting dirty. Format accessible for alternative learning styles.

Suggested activities:

Image result for planting the trees of kenya the story of wangari maathaiPlanting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola
Grades: K-3rd
Lexile Level: AD870L

Selected because
True story of human use changing the land – desertification in Kenya – and the subsequent halting of that issue via the efforts of local women planting trees. Value of soil intrinsic to the story, as is erosion caused by lack of vegetation.

Suggested activities:
Prior to reading, make a water and soil map of the schoolyard. Where do students see bare soil? Where do they see evidence of water (gutters, downspouts, stormdrains…) Are there any connections between bare soil and water? Read the story and revisit the maps/schoolyard. Why do students think the soil is bare in places? What are the possible consequences? How could they help?