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Author

Project Hero

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 1 minute, 14 seconds
  • Interactive Media
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos, 1 minute, 4 seconds

Regional Focus

Global

Project Hero Soil Quest - Teach: Report & Extend

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Synopsis
  • This resource provides students with a digital form to submit their soil project report online to the Captain Planet Foundation and a list of citizen science projects that students can get involved in.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The form provides students with questions that will help them explain the impact of their soil quest.
  • The Extending Your Quest section supplies students with several soil projects that they can join to continue their quest to make the soil healthier.
  • At the end of the Soil Quest, students can click the "Find a New Quest" button to start a new Project Hero Quest.

Additional Prerequisites

Differentiation

  • The links to various citizen science websites in the Extend Your Quest section could be useful for any science class wanting to make their lessons applicable to real-world situations.
  • Students can work in small groups to answer different questions from the form. When they are finished, groups can peer edit other groups' responses before pasting the responses into the digital form.
  • At the end of Project Hero Soil Quest, students who want to continue working on environmental projects can start an environmental club. The club can use the Extending Your Quest section to find their first project.
  • Other resources on this topic include this project on cleaning up trash in the community, this tree planting activity, and this project on starting a school garden.
Scientist Notes

Students will be motivated to point out the difficulties, achievements, and steps they took to restore soil health in this resource. Others will be inspired to research and take the initiative in soil restoration and climate change. It is advised to use this resource when instructing.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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