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Soil Science | Dirt in a Jar Science Experiment

Tom Durrant
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(321)
In this experiment based one-time class, students will collect and analyze a local dirt sample. We learn basic soil science and all about soil health as our dirt jar stratify, revealing the secrets of the earth.

Class experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about the composition of dirt. They'll learn about soil microbes and the soil ecosystem. We'll talk about the importance of healthy soil, and learn how to determine soil make-up and health.

Students will practice basic geology skills, separating and analyzing the soil in their sample.
I have a Bachelors in Environmental Science & Policy from Florida State University, and a minor in Geology. I have a passion for geology and as a gardener and permaculturalist, I have become very aware of the importance of soil education. This course is a basic geology experiment that will prepare students for further learning in geology and earth sciences. It's also a great class for kids who love to garden and be outdoors!
Please prepare by filling a mason jar (or similar) 1/2 way with a sample of dirt from near your home. I suggest gathering dirt a from a few places around the home, to get a nice mixture of sandy soil, small rocks,  and dark rich soil. Fill the jar with water about 30 minutes before class. 

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(321)
Hello Outschoolers!

I've spent the better part of the past decade teaching young learners and adults. Here on Outschool I hope to guide students as they understand the natural environment and the human experience, through the lens of... 
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per class
Meets once
30 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(17)
Completed by 59 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 7-12
4-12 learners per class

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