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Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] digging into dirt

From: Beverley James <bjbj8282@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 15:00:28 EDT

How would a class go about taking the steps to put a
state soil into place?

--- Cindy Lee Duckert <duckert@focol.org> wrote:

> 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
> http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=304062&page=1
>
> 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
> >Earth.
>
>
>
> >--- 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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Regards, Beverley James

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