This resource is a 5-minute animated video and accompanying webpage that explores our current understanding of soil ecosystems including all the microorganisms and life within soil, the ways in which we can derive antibiotics from soil, and the ways in which we destroy and can restore soil health. This resource is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
7.RI.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
6.SL.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
8.ESS3.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
7.LS2.4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
HS.LS2.6 Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
HS.LS2.8 Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.