In this movie, you’ll learn about soil. You'll explore how soil is made up of living and nonliving things, such as bits of plants, rocks, and even dead animals. You’ll find out how plants and animals can decompose or break down to become part of the soil. You'll learn about the different layers of soil, including topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock, and how we depend on soil to grow crops. You'll explore how rich, dark soil has a lot of humus and can hold water well, while sandy soil is loose, dry, and drains water. Clay soil is red and it can hold a lot of water. Find out why soil is so important!

How Soil is Formed Lesson Plan: Soil Sample Experiments

In this multi-day lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore how soil is formed. Students will also explore some of soil’s components through various experiments, books, and online resources, and explain the process of soil formation verbally and in writing using web 2.0 tools. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Soil Movie Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about soil and dirt. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Soil. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning.  See more »

Soil Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about soil and dirt. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Soil topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »