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March, 2009

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historys exhibit about soil.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


http://forces.si.edu/soils/

CONTENT
This site is a part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historys Forces of Change series. It explores the importance of soils and how they surround and support people everyday in both obvious and hidden ways. .
SITE DESIGN
The site has a nice simple design with featured topics listed on the right side of the page and links to other areas across the top of the page.
 

REVIEW
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil focuses on exploring the world of soil. Visitors to the site can learn more about soil from the Bureau of Land Management's podcast featuring the developer of the site. In addition to information about the museum exhibit the front page includes such featured topics as what soil is, how it forms, how it stays alive, what different types look like, and where they are found. Visit the Exhibition section to learn about critters that live in the soil and help to create and sustain it, explore ways to protect the soil, and understand how soils touch our daily lives. The For Educators section provides activities and extensions that can be used in the classroom or at home. Included are a media library and a list of resources for further study.

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03/27/2009