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[Channel-talkearthspace] digging into dirt

From: Cindy Lee Duckert <duckert@focol.org>
Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 12:00:24 EDT
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At our museum (Weis Earth Science Museum), we introduce dirt from the
state symbol - we, as do other states, actually have a state soil
along with wildlife animal, bird, fossil and state rock and
mineral. Few teachers, let alone students are aware that we have a
state soil. It is a wonderful place to start a discussion - why
would it be worth noting, what makes it special, do we have it around
here, what are the characteristics of soil around here. The fact
that most of the kids who are doing earth science have already done
(biological) decomposers at some time earlier in their academic
careers makes it easier to add in the "decomposed rock" to the soil.

states I am ware of that have official State Soils:
Alabama California Connecticut Delaware Florida Illinois Iowa
Kentucky Maine Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Nebraska (New Jersey)
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma (Pennsylvania) Puerto Rico South Dakota
West Virginia Wisconsin

and this just in

For classroom use, I have been able to borrow many wonderful things
from our Soil Conservation Office in the County (sometimes part of
the Department of Agriculture or Natural Resources, sometimes part of
the University Extension Office.) They have posters, tools, maps, speakers!

Cindy in Wisconsin

At 11:00 AM 6/14/2006, others wrote:

>Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:59:23 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Beverley James <bjbj8282@yahoo.com>
>The last thing a teacher of mine would have spent time
>on is a lesson on dirt. After all - she would think -
>who doesn't know what dirt is? I am in complete
>agreement with dirt being the starting place to
>discover the dynamics of our planet and even on to the
>solar system. As I have discovered through this
>course, dirt comprises all the element we need to
>provide the foundation for the concept of dynamic

>--- Melissa McCann <mkmcc74@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I think my knowledge about soil comes mostly from
> > observations. I do not recall ever having formal
> > instruction about soil.
> >
> > Melissa
> >

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