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Soil Science | Dirt in a Jar Science Experiment

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.
Tom Durrant
312 total reviews for this teacher
17 reviews for this class
Completed by 59 learners
30 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Fri Sep 9

Meet once (1 day)
7pm - 7:30pm

Thu Sep 15

Meet once (1 day)
1pm - 1:30pm
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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.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Tom DurrantConnecting learners to the nature of their worlds
312 total reviews
223 completed classes

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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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