Students in grades 3-8 will locate types of soil using several resources provided in the lesson plan:
Students will engage in ten methods of inquiry to study the various types of soil collected. Soil is an important part of our ecosystem and various types of soil are useful for specific reasons. Using inquiry students will discover the differences in the types of soil and how each type interacts within the environment, how various types of soil provide things needed for our survival, and how we can preserve and care for our soil. While engaged in observation, collection, and interaction with various types of soil and their properties, students will engage in scientific inquiry as specified in the standards.
"Science as inquiry is basic to science education and a controlling principle in the ultimate organization and selection of students' activities. The standards on inquiry highlight the ability to conduct inquiry and develop understanding about scientific inquiry. Students at all grade levels and in every domain of science should have the opportunity to use scientific inquiry and develop the ability to think and act in ways associated with inquiry, including asking questions, planning and conducting investigations, using appropriate tools and techniques to gather data, thinking critically and logically about relationships between evidence and explanations, constructing and analyzing alternative explanations, and communicating scientific arguments. The science as inquiry standards are described in terms of activities resulting in student development of certain abilities and in terms of student understanding of inquiry. " https://www.nap.edu/read/4962/chapter/8#105