Celebrating Earth Month: Soil

Photograph of tile belonging to Lisa Payne; tile produced by Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

How Does Soil Help Plants Grow, Decompose And Cycle Carbon?
Without healthy soil, plants do not thrive and animals cannot graze. Soil is mostly made up of rock, sand and silt; but healthy soil is also alive! In this lesson, you will explore the soil in your yard and discover that there’s life in that “dirt”!

From the Bible

Matthew 13:1-9
When you reap the harvest in your field and forget a swath, do not go back to pick it up; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake. When you beaThat same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed,some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” – New Oxford Annotated Bible

Query from Faith & Practice

“Do we intentionally explore and live our conviction that there is that of God in all creation?

From early Quaker, John Woolman

The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury to the succeeding age. – John Woolman, c. 1760

From the Onondaga Nation

All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth. – Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation

Essential Activity: Pre-K- 2nd grade

Essential Activity: Grades 3-6

Essential Activity: Grades 6-8+

Essential Activity: Grades 8-12

This week’s video picks

More Videos

Kids Go Green: Reducing Food Waste

Learn about the impact of food waste on the environment in this video animation from WNET. In this clip, students discover ways to reduce food waste. Refer to the accompanying discussion questions and teaching tips for ideas on using this video to help students consider ways to conserve food.

A very inspiring sermon by Bishop Curry!

Watch “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life” and be inspired! The Soil Story: A must watch for hope and inspiration!

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