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Lesson Overview
  • 120 Minutes
  • 1 ,2 ,4, 5, 6, 9
  • 5th - 12th Grade
  • State Standards:
    NGSS: Partially meets 5ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, 5-pS1-3, MS-EES2-4, MS-PS3-5, CCSS; RI.5.7, RST.6.8.3, W.5.9, WHST.6.-8.7, SL.5.5, Math: MD.6, RP.6.A.1, Social Sciences: Partially meets 5.7, 6.12, 7.8, HS.14

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Materials List


  • Italian salad dressing spice packet
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Clear jar
  • Watch with second hand
  • Pencil and paper
  • Soils Horizons & Oregon’s State Soil Worksheet
  • Soil auger
  • Several 1 liter clear bottles
  • Water
  • Long handle spoons

Soil Horizons & Oregon’s State Soil

Categories:  Science ,  Soils

This two part hands-on lesson teaches students what the soil is made of in their area and what a local soil profile looks like. A student reading sheet Soil Horizons & Oregon’s State Soil follows this lesson. It is an excellent tool to reinforce key concepts about soil horizons and the state soil.


For instructions, please download our PDF