Lesson 10. What’s In Soil? (Page 57)

  • Students will analyze soil samples and identify the five components of soil
  • Students will predict how organic matter breaks down to form healthy soil
  • Students will assemble “ingredients” and create the beginnings of soil

  1. Students will be able to list the various beneficial minerals for soil.macro_and_mrico_400x163
  2. Students will be able to list various food sources of common, important minerals, iron, sodium, potassium, calcium and describe how they benefit human bodies and plants.

Dirt Cups



10 minutes

PREP 10 Minutes

COOK 0 Minutes



  1. Also need 8 to 10 (7 oz.) Clear plastic Cups.
  2. Decorations: gummy worms, gummy frogs, candy flowers, chopped peanuts.
  3. Pour milk into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add pudding mix.
  5. Beat with whisk until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in whipped topping and half of the crushed cookies.
  8. Place 1 tablespoon crushed cookies into bottom of cups.
  9. Fill cups 3/4 full with pudding mixture.
  10. Top with remaining crushed cookies.
  11. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  12. Decorate with the candy.

 Core Curriculum Standards

Reading Standards for Informational Text: (RI)

  • 1.1- 6.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • 1.2- 6.2: Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • 1.3- 6.3: Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • 1.7- 6.7: Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Reading Standards: Foundational Skills: (RF)

  • 1.4- 6.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Writing Standards: (W)

  • 1.2-6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Speaking and Listening Standards: (SL)  

  • 1.4- 6.4: Report on a topic or text, or present an opinion.
  • 1.1- 6.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Language Standards: (L)

  • 1.1-6.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.