Camp Kawartha

Mom, it’s not Dirt, it’s Soil!

One cubic centimeter of soil contains more life than people on earth! Learn all about the creation of soil, the critters that inhabit it, and its importance in terrestrial ecosystems.

Season Availability: Fall, Spring

Feel free to contact us about modifying any of our outdoor education programs to suit older or younger students.

Grade 3 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Soils in the Environment

Overall Expectations
1.   assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and of society and the environment on soils;
2.   investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and other living things.

Specific Expectations
1.1   assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and suggest ways in which humans can enhance positive effects and/or lessen or prevent harmful effects
1.1   assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and suggest ways in which humans can enhance positive effects and/or lessen or prevent harmful effects
2.1   follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations
2.2  investigate the components of soil (e.g., nonliving things such as pebbles and decaying matter; living things such as organic matter, bacteria, earthworms, and insects), the condition of soil (e.g., wet, dry), and additives found in soil (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, salt), using a variety of soil samples (e.g., sand, clay, loam) from different local environments, and explain how the different amounts of these components in a soil sample determine how the soil can be used
2.4   investigate the process of composting, and explain some advantages and disadvantages of composting
2.5   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including clay, sand, loam, pebbles, earth materials, and soil, in oral and written communication
3.3   describe the interdependence between the living and non-living things that make up soil
3.4   describe ways in which the components of various soils enable the soil to provide shelter/ homes and/or nutrients for different kinds of living things

* Curriculum links & expectations for this program are based on “The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology”