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Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Kansas Lesson Plan

Soil Diversity

Lesson Plan
Students use an apple to represent the Earth and discover how our land resources are used. Through critical thinking, students discover why topsoil is a nonrenewable resource, the importance of soil to our food supply, and the factors that impact topsoil distribution in different regions.

Suggested Grade Level



60 minutes


Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Language Arts


  1. List the parts of the Earth's surface
  2. Explain land use
  3. Describe the ecosystem in soil
  4. Explain the impact of human activities on ecosystems
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