Soils and Us is a unit designed for levels two to four, focusing on the relationship between people and soil resources in the Waikato region. The unit includes activities looking at what soil is made of, how we use soil, types of soil and how we can improve and look after our soils.
This unit is curriculum linked to Science, Social Studies, English, Health and Physical Education, The Arts and Technology. It covers a range of essential skills, such as, communicating, problem solving, self management and co-operating.
You can print a copy of Soils and Us off this website by opening the PDF files below (split in to chapters). These units can be used in conjunction with our Impacts on Waterways teaching resource.
Introduction and background information about soils
(499 kb, 71 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Getting Started - what is soil?
(207 kb, 29 seconds to download, 56k modem)
What types of soil have we got?
(177 kb, 25 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Digging deeper - finding out more about soil
(205 kb, 29 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Finding out about compost
(92 kb, 13 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Finding out about soil and water, and erosion
(81 kb, 11 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Acknowledgements, references and glossary items
(45 kb, 6 seconds to download, 56k modem)
Disclaimer: This resource is out of date. The curriculum links are not current. However we believe the content and activities are still of value to teachers.