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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Climate Action

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  • Digital Text
  • Worksheet
  • Project
  • Video, 2 minutes, 54 seconds
  • Activity - Outdoors

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Project Hero Soil Quest - Solve: Site Survey

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Project Hero

  • In this resource, students investigate soil health in their community by completing a Site Survey where they look for missing or unhealthy soil in a variety of locations. 
  • The survey helps students determine the location for their community project which will be continued in the next steps. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource gets students out into their community and taking action to fight climate change. 
  • Students are empowered to use their investigative skills to explore locations of their choosing. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is part of the Solve section of the Project Hero Soil Quest and it is recommended that students complete the prior steps before beginning this step.
  • The Virtual Student Guide is a video that explains the survey activity to students.


  • The Points to Ponder and Questions to Consider can be used for whole-class discussion, small group conversations, or individual written reflection.
  • Students can work on the site survey individually or with a small group. 
  • Teachers should consider brainstorming a list of places students could explore in the community. Students should be encouraged to select a variety of locations for their site survey.
  • Connections can be made with social studies and geography classes because students will be constructing maps of the areas they explore in their community. 
  • Check out these other climate action projects that students could complete like school board resolutionscommunity gardens, and lights-out days.
Scientist Notes

This resource contains activities to spur students to create a project on soil health restoration in their community. The guide contains basic steps for students to design their projects to solve issues relating to soil health restoration. This is recommended for the classroom.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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