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Soil can be black, brown, red, yellow, or gray. It can be dry and crumbly or wet and sticky. There are many different types of soil, but they all have one thing in common--they are made mostly from rock! Inside this book, readers will discover how soil is formed and what ingredients make up soil. How do hard rocks become soft soil? How do plants become part of the soil when they die? And is animal poop really one of the ingredients in our gardens? Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of an early elementary audience, this colorful, fact-filled volume gives readers a chance not only to learn, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. With its stunning photographs and surprising, high-interest facts about a material that most of us take for granted, the book makes learning about soil a lively, engaging experience.

 
Interest Level Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF051080
Copyright 2016
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781627248341, 9781627248976, 9781627249577
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 631.4
Dimensions 10 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Guided Reading Level L
Lexile Reading Level 570
Author Ellen Lawrence
 

Booklist Review - What's Soil Made Of?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and see
some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.
Though the titles don’t have to be read in any particular order (especially since some of the information
overlaps), the best place to start is still What’s Soil Made Of? This close-up look at soil explains that it is
composed of eroded and weathered rocks, plant matter, and poop. The books are neatly laid out, with
simple text captioning the many color photographs. A good gambit is used to get kids to turn pages: each
spread ends with a question. All of the books end with a science-lab feature that offers simple experiments
for budding scientists. Full of useful information, this series makes the most ordinary of substances

NSTA Recommends What's Soil Made Of?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book introduces young scientists to the components of soil. It starts by explaining clearly that a primary component of soil is the broken up pieces of the underlying rock layer in an area and how that rock is broken into small pieces. Then there is an introduction of the organic materials as soil components followed by the importance of air and water in the soil.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the “Science Words” section using both pictures and text. There is a “Science Lab” section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the “Science Labs” section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

School Library Journal Review for Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil

What’s Soil Made Of? provides an overview of organic components, rock weathering, animals living in soil, and different types. Animals focuses on excretion and decomposing bodies and mentions how earthworms and larger animals loosen soil. Plants mentions vegetation that grows without soil but concentrates on how most receive nutrients through roots. Is All Soil the Same? notes variations such as clay, volcanic soil, and peat. Dirt or Soil focuses on a distinction in terminology that could be explained in a couple of sentences. Curiously, none of these offerings includes basic terminology such as topsoil or humus. There are many photos here, some of which appear in more than one volume, and the selections all conclude with an activity suggestion.