The Soil Center

Welcome to Utah Agriculture in the Classroom's Soil Center! Here you will find all the resources you need to teach core curriculum with engaging, hands-on lesson plans and activities. 

Dirt: Secrets in the Soil - Fourth Grade Soils Lesson Collection

Designed specifically for Utah fourth-grade students, this collection of soil science lessons covers topics like soil texturing, living and nonliving components of soil, erosion, and more. Each lesson includes hands-on activities that are sure to keep students entertained and motivated. Create your own “Dirt Binder” by printing each of the files below and placing them in a large three-ring binder with tabs to mark each of the lessons.

These lessons accompany a six-segment video program, which is available for purchase or free viewing on YouTube.

Opening Pages
Cover Page
Title Page and Acknowledgements
Table of Contents

It's Your Food, Dude!
The Soil Chain

Soil Isn't a Dirty Word
What's in Soil?
What Makes Up Your Profile?
Types by Texture

The Dust Bowl Is Not Played on New Year's Day
Dark Days
Caring for the Land

Slip Slidin' Away
Soil Texture and Percolation
Keeping Soil in Its place

Hitting Pay Dirt
How much Is Dirt Worth?
What Land Works Best?

Healthy Food from Healthy Soil
Secrets to Healthy Soil
The Rotten Truth
Working Worms

Dirt: Secrets in the Soil Video Review Questions
What I Know About Soils!

Additional Fourth Grade Soils Lessons

Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Color in the Garden
Vermicomposting

First Grade Soils Lessons

The following lesson plans are designed or can be adapted for use in the first grade classroom.

Texturing: The Big Picture
Vermicomposting