Information For Teachers and Students
Alaska Envirothon —
S.K.Worm teaches soils
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it—S.K.Worm, the official annelid,
or worm, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service answers students'
questions about soil. Even their teachers can't wiggle their way out of this
one! Slither your way through these soiled questions and earn a very special
diploma. You might even get hooked on Soil!
Ten Key Messages to
Help People Understand Soils
Key messages to understanding soils have been added to the the soil education
site and to an educational CD entitled "Helping People Understand Soils-Tools
for Educators, Version 2". The educational CD will be released at the National
Science Teachers Association conference in Atlanta, Georgia the first week of
April 2004 by NRCS, USDA. The CD will be made available on request following the
release in April.
Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations — New Soil Education Publication
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announce the release of
Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations. This lively, 129-page softbound book, a
bestseller when it debuted at the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis, will soon
assist educators across the nation in teaching scientifically accurate soil and
soil conservation information in an enjoyable way. The book is available from
NSTA by calling 1-800-277-5300 (7/24/01)
- The book's target audience is Kindergarten through Grade 4 teachers. Dig
In provides classroom-tested lesson plans, stories, and activities about soil
formation, habitats, and land use. The book also discusses animals and plants
that depend on soil. The book's activities are interesting and fun and lead to
a greater appreciation of the value of soil. Activities meet National Science
- NSTA is the world's largest organization promoting science teaching and
learning for all. The 53,000-member association publishes four journals, a
newspaper, and many books and publications for teachers.
A series of lesson plans to teach students about Backyard Conservation through
hands-on studies that promote field investigation and action. Lesson plans are
available for elementary grades 3 to 5, middle school grades 6 to 8 and high
school grades 9 to 12.
PLANTS Database The PLANTS Database is
a single source of standardized information about plants. This database focuses
on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and