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What Lies  Beneath?


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This WebQuest addresses  the following
Georgia 3rd Grade Standards:


S3CS1. Students will be aware of the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works.

a. Keep records of investigations and observations and do not alter the records later.

b. Offer reasons for findings and consider reasons suggested by others.

c. Take responsibility for understanding the importance of being safety conscious.


S3CS3. Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating objects in scientific activities utilizing safe laboratory procedures.

a. Choose appropriate common materials for making simple mechanical constructions and repairing things.

b. Use computers, cameras and recording devices for capturing information.

c. Identify and practice accepted safety procedures in manipulating science materials and equipment.


S3CS8. Students will understand important features of the process of scientific inquiry.

Students will apply the following to inquiry learning practices:

a. Scientific investigations may take many different forms, including observing what things are like or what is happening somewhere, collecting specimens for analysis, and doing experiments.


S3E1. Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and soils.

a. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.

b. Recognize the physical attributes of rocks and minerals using observation (shape, color, texture), measurement, and simple tests (hardness).

c. Use observation to compare the similarities and differences of texture, particle size, and color in top soils (such as clay, loam or potting soil, and sand).

d. Determine how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time using observation and research.


Diagram of Soil Layers
Print Out and Label

Soil Science Basics

Soil Microbes

Difference between
Soil & Dirt

Soil Science Education


What do you know about soil?

What's in soil?

Four things that make up soil.

Underground Adventure

Soil in Georgia

How much soil is there?

Finding out the dirt on soil.

SKWorm can answer all of your questions.

Kid's Valley Garden

Creepy Crawlies, or
"It Came from beneath the Earth"

Wildlife in the Soil

Soil Safari

Get your hands dirty!

Create a Soil Map

Pollution & Soil

Seed Experiment/
Soil Conditions