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Soil Exhibit and Outreach: The Soil Health Connection Teaching Units and Resource Matrix
Through a grant from the South Dakota Office of the National Resource Conservation Service, the SD Discovery Center is developing an interactive soil exhibit to be located in the SD Discovery Center. In conjunction with this exhibit, outreach deliverables also are being developed. The primary outreach deliverable is The Soil Health Connection Teaching Units and Resource Matrix.
This set of curricular resources supports educators in meeting standards while teaching the important ideas about healthy soil. Soil makes a compelling phenomenon because it’s everywhere, all students have some experience with it, and it offers many surprises and mysteries. Where possible, a South Dakota connection is made with the learning. Once this curriculum is fully developed, the SD Discovery Center will provide professional development to both formal and informal educators and SD NRCS staff.
SD Discovery Center
SD Natural Resources and Conservation Service
SD Soil Health Coalition
SD Agriculture Museum
Develop a K-8 Soil Health Connection Teaching Units that
align with SD Science Standards
apply applicable three dimensions of the science framework: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts
use the 5E Instructional Model
provide resources for the teacher background information
use household materials for activities
Create a Soil Connection Resource Matrix that includes
individual lessons aligned to SD Standards for each grade level
title, brief description and link to each lesson
list of and links to supporting resources such as websites, videos, books, posters, models, power points, presentations, extension activities and more
Coordinated the initial meetings of collaborators
Facilitated initial discussions with exhibit designer KidZiBits