Describe how small pieces of rock and dead plant and animal parts can be the basis of soil and explain the process by which soil is formed.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 2
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Earth Structures - Humans continue to explore the composition and structure of the surface of Earth. External sources of energy have continuously altered the features of Earth by means of both constructive and destructive forces. All life, including human civilization, is dependent on Earth’s water and natural resources.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020030: Science - Grade Two (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720030: Access Science Grade 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5020090: STEM Lab Grade 2 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.2.E.6.Pa.1: Recognize the ground in the environment.
SC.2.E.6.In.2: Identify components of soil, such as dead plants and pieces of rock.
SC.2.E.6.Su.2: Identify small pieces of rock in the soil.

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Lesson Plans

What Soil!:

In this activity, students will analyze different kinds of soil.

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A Tour of Soils:

With teacher guidance students will have an opportunity to discover the makeup of different kinds of soils.

Type: Lesson Plan

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Soil Composition and Classification:

This unit builds on the previous lessons about rocks to explore soil. Different types of soil samples are observed, classified by various attributes, and manipulated by adding water. Finally, the "Cement" lesson involves synthesis of information learned from previous lessons in an engineering design lab that asks students to build a wall from their own mortar mixture creation that will withstand the force of a rolling ball.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

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