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Activities

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Dig A Hole

In the picture book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Mac Barnett, Walker Books 2014), Dave says, “We won’t stop digging until we find something spectacular.” In this activity, dig a hole to find something spectacular.

In this activity, challenge your students to find something spectacular. Use the opportunity to explore the science capability: gather and interpret data – learners make careful observations and differentiate between observation and inference.

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Milk, Meat, Wine & Wheat

Enhance your knowledge of soils and their uses. This activity matches 6 of the 15 major New Zealand soil orders with products we grow on them.

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Observing Soil Differences

If you did the activity, Dig a Hole, you’ve probably noticed that soil changes a bit as you dig deeper. But, have you wondered if the soil changes as you travel around your local area?

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Soil Animals

Healthy soils are full of life. The article Life Under The Ground mentions some amazing facts about the soil:

• Soils are home to 1/4 of the Earth’s biodiversity.
• The weight of earthworms under our native forests is greater than all of the other animals living in the forest.
• One teaspoon of healthy soil has more living things than there are people living on the earth.

This activity involves observing soil animals – either outside in the real world or virtually, online.

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Soil Microbes

This activity explores soil microbes and the work they do for us. Part one explains how to build a habitat for some very colourful microbes. Part two demonstrates some the crucial work these microbes do – by soft-boiling an egg in a compost bin!

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Test Your Knowledge

Use the articles from the Soil: The World Beneath Our Feet website to answer the following questions about soils.