Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eating Dirt - Summer School Day 1

Summer school has arrived! This is my first year teaching summer school and I'm focusing on Earth Science. To start our fun for the summer, we ate dirt. I got a lot of questionable looks when I said, "Welcome to summer school! Today, you're going to eat dirt." In fact, I got several "EWWWWW" responses. It was wonderful. 

We started our class with a read aloud,  Dirt: The Scoop on Soil. I like this book because it outlines ALL the layers of soil and fun experiments to try at home. 

After reading a little bit about soil, we made our own tasty version of dirt. 

We focused on three parts of the soil for our yummy treat. The bottom layer was made of hand crushed graham crackers and it represented the sand. The middle layer was a pile of chocolate pudding to represent the clay layer. On top, students sprinkled hand crushed oreos to represent topsoil. 

Today, we're moving onto erosion. Stay tuned! 


  1. What a fun and awesome lesson! If I ever teach soil, I will be sure to use this!

  2. Already added the book to my Amazon wishlist! Now, I'm off to eat dirt. :)

    The Teaching Thief


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