Virtual Field Trips

Living Lab Extensions

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is excited to offer new online extensions of our in person Living Lab program! These STEAM-focused educational videos are designed for K-5 students.

Our first extension series topic is SUPER SOILS!

Below you will find descriptions, suggested grade levels, and correlations to Next Generation Science Standards, for each video program.

Super Soils Extensions

K-2: Soil Story

In this extension, watch a reading of the book Soil Basics, by Mari Schuh. Afterwards, consider taking a walk through the Garden or your neighborhood to see all the life soil supports. Grab a handful of soil on your walk, then watch the next video to try a hands-on soil experiment.

LINK TO: Teacher Guide, Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Correlations

WATCH: Soil Basics Book YouTube Video (2:32 min)

 

 

 

WATCH: Soil Suspension Experiment Video (3:15 min)

 

 

2nd Grade: Rocks and Soils at the Garden

Watch to see how woodpeckers help make healthy soil, how gardeners use rocks, and how gnomes make cement for their homes. In this extension, students listen to a reading of the book Soil Basics, to prepare them for an exploration of rocks and soils at the garden in the subsequent two videos. Scientific vocabulary learned from reading is applied during the garden video tour. Viewers are invited to complete an imaginative drawing, and to try a simple, hands-on experiment to observe components of soil.

Glossary:   Download this soil glossary before viewing the book reading to learn vocabulary and read along.

LINK TO: Teacher Guide, Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Correlations

Videos (All four videos total 18 minutes):

WATCH: Soil Basics Book YouTube video (2:32 min)

 

 

 

WATCH: Intro to Soils Video (7:54 min)

 

 

WATCH: BBG Rocks Video (3:25 min)

 

 

WATCH: Soil Suspension Experiment Video (3:15 min)

 

 

4th/5th Grade: Soil Sleuths

You might get a bit dirty doing this detective work. Through a hands-on experiment, video, and reflection questions, students learn about the PNW forest floor. The formation of minerals, rocks, and layers of sediment over time are also explored.

Link to Teacher Guide, Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Correlations

WATCH: Soil Sleuth Video  (8:16 minutes)

 

 

4/5th Grade: Soil Chemist

Combining science with art, this lesson teaches basic concepts of soil acidity through exploration of the hydrangea. Students learn to conduct hands-on experiments involving mixtures and solutions.

LINK TO: Teacher Guide, Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Correlations 

WATCH: Soil Chemist Video (13 min) Supplies needed: Blank paper and colored pencils for art with video.

 

 

Soil Chemistry Experiment

Soil Chemistry Experiment Instructions
Supplies needed: white vinegar, baking soda, container and soil.

Cabbage Water Test

Cabbage Water Test Instructions
Supplies needed: red cabbage, distilled water, clear container and soil.

 

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