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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 41 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global, Europe

Why Is Soil One of the Most Amazing Things on Earth?

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  • This video is about the importance of soil to biodiversity and the Earth's food chains. 
  • Students will learn about microorganisms, fungi, carbon storage, soil nutrients, earthworms, medicines from soil, and other soil-related topics. 
Teaching Tips


  • It has engaging animation, is informative, and is under five minutes.
  • It covers topics that can be applied to classes at elementary levels as well as middle school levels.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A transcript of the video's introduction is available below the video.
  • The accompanying webpage includes links to other kid-friendly resources about soil.


Scientist Notes
This resource is a 5-minute animated video and accompanying webpage that explores our current understanding of soil ecosystems including all the microorganisms and life within soil, the ways in which we can derive antibiotics from soil, and the ways in which we destroy and can restore soil health. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-8 Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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