Soil/Water/Energy Educational Materials
Soil Education Resources
Is soil an important ingredient in your every day life?
The answer is yes, and here are a few reasons why:
A Few Facts about Soil
Soils Education Materials
NACD has been working with the Smithsonian and Soil Science Society of America in the development of soils materials to compliment the “Dig It! The Secrets of Soils” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (http://www.forces.si.edu/soils/<;/span>). These materials can also be used in conjunction with 2009 NACD Stewardship Week, which is also themed “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” or in addition to your conservation education outreach projects and programs. The soils education materials were designed to teach students (K-8) as well as adults about the importance of soils in their everyday lives. The exhibit will be in Washington, D.C. until January 2010 and then will travel to ten cities around the United States through 2013.
Soil Materials Preview Flyer - Download a flyer of the “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” materials.
NACD Marketplace - The "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" education materials are available for to purchase at the NACD Marketplace.
2009 Soils Material Planning Sheet - A one-page overview of all the soils education materials available for purchase. Download the planning sheet and start planning your soil education order today!
2009 Soil Stewardship Week Page - For more than 50 years, NACD has sponsored "Stewardship Week", a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. The program relies on locally-led conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation activities. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. The theme for NACD’s 2009 Stewardship Program is “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.”
Soils Educators Guide (1.2 MB, PDF) - This online interactive guide is full of great resource to use in a classroom or other educational programs. It contains activities, science standards that complement the
Dig It! student booklets, literature connections, links to additional soils outreach materials and more. The printed educators guideis also available in quantities of ten from the NACD Marketplace.
Soil Activity Worksheets (linked below) - The K-7 soils education worksheets listed below complement the Dig It! student booklets or are great for use with soils outreach programs.
Soils Topic Book List (PDF) - Looking for books to read to students or add to your library collection? Download this list of books that will give students a better understanding of soils in their everyday life.
Fun Facts about Soil and Worms (PDF) - Use these fun and informative facts as part of an exhibit or question and answers with student or adults. This activity covers the importance of worms and our soil.
2009 NACD “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” Poster Contest - Check with your local conservation district to see if they are sponsoring a local, area or state contest utilizing the DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil theme for a poster contest. Additional information can be found on our poster contest site.
Additional Soils ResourcesDig It! Logo and Soils Images - Several images that go along with the 2009 Stewardship theme,"Dig It! The Secrets of Soil," use on your website, promotions or publications.
Smithsonian DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil Exhibit
News Article: "DIG IT! Soils Takes Center Stage at Smithsonian" (PDF)
Soil Science Society of America - This site contains soil lesson plans and more.
Scoop on Soil
This site has a variety of soil education information from USDA-NRCS and University of IL Exension including fundamental soil concepts, soil biology printer, soil quotes, a help stop soil erosion activity and more.
Dr. Dirt! - Great selection of hands on soil activities to share with students.
Soil Paint Recipe | PDF |
Soil Presentations - Keep the attention of the students and community members you are educating through these catchy presentations on soils!
Soil Texture Lesson - A soil texture lesson, a soil texture analysis experiment and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available from the Soil Science Society of America athttps://www.soils.org/lessons/plans/lessons/texture.html<;/span>.
Soil Color Lesson - A soil color lesson, a soil crayons experiment and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available from the Soil Science Society of America athttps://www.soils.org/lessons/plans/lessons/color.html<;/span>.
Water Education Resources
Is water important to your daily life? The answer is yes, and here is why: We use water each and every day. Some of the direct uses are cooking, cleaning and brushing our teeth. There are many indirect uses that sometimes we forget how much water is needed to produce items we use everyday. The food you eat each day relies on water and good soil to produce it. About 4,000 gallons of water are needed to grow one bushel of corn, 11,000 gallons to grow one bushel of wheat and about 135,000 gallons to grow one ton of alfalfa. It also takes 30,000 gallons of water for to manufacture 1 ton of finished steel to build the vehicles we drive.
Water is important to us each and every day, and we all must work together to take care of it.
A Few Facts about Water
Water Education Materials
Catalog - Review our Water Is Life catalog before you shop the NACD Marketplace and place your order.
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Water Education Educators Guide - Activities and information tailored around water use in our everyday life to use with students and adult programs. | PDF |
Activity Supplements (Activities in educators guide)
"Where’s the Groundwater" Vocabulary - A vocabulary list of groundwater-related words and definitions to supplement, Water Is Life Intermediate (Gr 2-3) activity "Where’s the Groundwater." | PDF |
"Clean the Water" Vocabulary - A vocabulary list of words and definitions for the "Clean the Water" activity, Advanced (Gr 4-5). | PDF |
Exhibit, Field Day and Classroom Activities (adaptable for all ages)
Healthy Water Hopscotch Activity - Participants in this printable activity learn about their own impacts on the quality of the water. This activity is great for field days, exhibits or school lesson plans.
Additional resources needed: 11”x17” paper for printing.
Water Cycle Spinners - This printable activity goes along with Project WET’s “An Incredible Journey” and is great for field days, exhibits or school lesson plans. | PDF |
Additional Water ResourcesUrban Water Garden Project - This project, courtesy of Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, has lessons and activities about rain gardens, teaching students what rain gardens are and how they can plant their very own.
Action Class Project on Water Outreach Information – This resource includes interactive sites, water games, videos and lesson plans, articles and quizzes compiled by students in the classes of Peggy Pennington, ACTION Teacher at the Nevada Middle School and Truman Elementary located in Nevada, Montana. The school works with the Vernon County SWCD, and they are past winners of the Lexus and Scholastic Environmental Challenge
Energy Education ResourcesEach day we read about the need for energy conservation and alternative energy sources. Energy plays a large role in our daily lives. We need energy to have electricity and run our automobiles. It even takes energy to make our bodies move. Conservation’s Power education materials explore these important topics and more. NACD’s education booklets and educators guide will assist you in your promotion of wise energy use and its importance to each person.
A Few Facts about Energy
Energy Education MaterialsEnergy Educators Guide (PDF) – Energy is an growing topic for education and outreach. This guide will assist in your planning for energy education outreach. Information for youth as well as adults. Provided are links to a variety of energy education material.
Educators Guide Addendum (PDF) – This addendum to the Energy Educator’s Guide includes additional links to energy information and energy efficient facts.
NACD Marketplace - NACD has developed student booklets our NACD Marketplace that cover many of the topics in the Energy Educators Guide as well as an activity sheet/placemats and more. Click here to browse the energy education materials available at the NACD Marketplace.
The activities listed below are for use in classrooms, field days and other outreach events.
Energy Squares - Developed by NEED, the National Energy Education Development Project (www.need.org), this project is suitable for grades K-1, this activity is also adaptable for grade 2-3, 4-12 and for adults.
Energy Bumper Stickers - Developed by NEED (www.need.org), this project is suitable for grades K-1, this activity is also adaptable for grade 2-3, 3-8 and for adults.
This Week in Energy Conservation - Developed by NEED (www.need.org), this project is suitable for grades K-1, this activity is also adaptable for grade 2-3, 4-12 and for adults.
Don’t Use it all Up - Developed by FLP, Food, Land & People (www.foodlandpeople.org), this project is suitable for grades K-1, this activity is also adaptable for grade 2-3, 4-5 and for adults.
Additional Energy ResourcesThe Basics on Renewable Energy - This November/December 2006 NACD News and Views feature story is all about renewable energy. It explores the different sources of renewable energy and its future potential as well as stories of districts who are working with renewable energy.
Homegrown Energy—America’s New Power Plants (2007) - The way we farm is rapidly changing rural America and agricultural policy must adapt to new social, economic and environmental forces. Leading the way are clean, renewable biofuels.