I plugged science reading into my language arts block as a way to get it all in and give my students more exposure to informational reading. After we examined soil and figured out what it was, we went into our science book to do some nonfiction reading on the topic. Using our textbook allows students to have some experience with using tables of content, glossaries and indexes. It also exposes them to nonfiction text features like the headings, illustrations and labels. We found this great diagram of the layers of soil and we decided to recreate it.
We made a flipbook that includes the major soil layers or horizons. I had a parent volunteer cut and staple the books together and I typed up the descriptions of each one. (See below)
Students then proved that they understood what would be found in each layer of soil by illustrating.
Here is an example of a finished product. Now it is ready to go home to be studied. Our "make and take" for this unit is a soil bag (big ziplock). It will include this flip book, vocabulary cards and some note sheets and diagrams.
Here is the Soil Horizon printable if you would like your students to create a flip book similar to this one. Check back...we also got in another investigation of the comparison of soil types this week. Will post that one next!