Earth & Space Science: Session 1
Children's Ideas About Soil
Below are common ideas children in grades K-6 have about this topic, compiled from research on children's ideas about science (see the Session 1 Children's Ideas Bibliography).
Consider what evidence might refute this idea, and why a child would be likely to believe this? Once you've entered all your answers you can click "printable page" at the bottom of this form to be taken to a page with all your answers formatted for printing. You can also click "see possible response" for any question to see one possible response from the series content advisors.
1. Soil is ‘just dirt’ or ‘any stuff’ in the ground.
- Happs, J. “Some Aspects of Student Understandings of Soil.” Australian Science Teachers Journal 28, no. 3 (1982): 25 – 31.
- Happs, J. “Soil Genesis and Development: Views Held by New
Journal of Geography 83, no. 4 (1984): 177 – 180.
- Driver, R., et al. “Materials and Their Properties.” Leeds National Curriculum Support Project, Part 3, Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds, U.K. (1992).
- Russell, T., Bell, D., Longden, K. and McGuigan, L. Rocks, Soil, and Weather: Primary SPACE Project Research Report. Liverpool, U.K.: Liverpool University Press, 1993.
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