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Label a Soil Profile – Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 3 - 4

Identify and label different layers with this soil profile worksheet.

Practice Labeling the Different Soil Horizons 

Do your students know the different layers of soil? This science worksheet will encourage students to recognize the five different soil layers:

  • Humus
  • Topsoil
  • Subsoil
  • Parent Rock
  • Bedrock

Students will use the provided word bank and descriptions to help them identify each soil layer.

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy! 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students who need a bit of a challenge, use the editable version of this resource, delete the characteristics of each layer, and encourage students to fill each box in.

For students who need additional support, invite them to reference anchor charts and presentations from previous lessons.  Additionally, this activity can be completed in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group. 

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Mellissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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