Soil Curriculum Outline

Soil Curriculum Outline

The Soil Regeneration Project aims to bring social-soil communities to the center of the educational conversation on ecosystems and climate change. This is because, without us acknowledging it, soil is what binds individuals, ecosystems and life processes together. We as biological beings are an inextricable part of these systems. We believe by delving into and broadening our understanding of soil, it becomes evident that there’s a busy world beneath our feet that props up the world as we know it!

To support this objective, we have designed a curriculum, consisting of 10 lesson plans, that teases out and explores this intricate, interlaced web of life. Our approach is exploratory and inquiry based in nature.  In each lesson participants work individually and in groups to examine a theme with the assistance of hands-on as well as multimedia activities. Each learning activity will be followed by and heavily rely on debrief discussions, intended to encourage students’ own voices and engage their critical analysis skills to absorb as well as draw out the materials.

This curriculum has been designed for participants aged 13 and above.  All lessons are 1.5 hours in duration, with the exception of one learning journey to a farm or project that is 2.5 hours (lesson 9 “Soil + Community”). 

Each lesson observes the following structure:

  1. Learning objectives
  2. Guiding questions
  3. Materials required and preparation
  4. Activity instructions
  5. Activity discussion guiding questions
  6. Closing thoughts
  7. Journal prompt
  8. Checklist

To communicate the flow and cadence of the lessons, as well as provide an outline, we have tabled the topics of the Soil Curriculum below:

Lesson TitleTopicsOverarching Question 
Lesson 1: Soil + SelfA group learning space and agreement What do I know about soil and what are my attitudes and thoughts towards it?
Lesson 2: Soil + LifeSoil structure, properties  and tactile engagementWhat is soil?
Lesson 3: Soil + the Web of LifeSoil food web, microorganisms, interconnectednessWhat keeps soil alive?
Lesson 4: Soil + Life Building ProcessesRhizosphere, humus, glomalin, aggregatesHow does soil rejuvenate itself and remain fertile?
Lesson 5: Soil + WaterWater cycleWhat is the water cycle and what are some of our local watersheds?
Lesson 6: Soil + CarbonCarbon cycleWhat is the carbon cycle and how are we a part of it?
Lesson 7: Soil + PlantsPlants, nutrients, absorption, and compostHow do plants play a part in the soil ecosystem and how are nutrients cycled?
Lesson 8: Soil + Regenerative AgricultureFood system, regenerative agriculture and its principlesWhere does our food come from and how can our food system be restorative instead of extractive?
Lesson 9: Soil + CommunityVisit a local farm/project, connect the soil ecosystem with the social web of lifeWhat role do I and the networks that surround me play in the food system?
Lesson 10: Soil, Self + Moving ForwardReflect on previous lessons, categories, and resilience How can we be more intentional and mindful of our social-soil communities?

The Soil Curriculum is ready to be administered, with the option to discuss customisation. We are seeking out partners, educators and programs with which to collaborate. Interested parties may contact us at education@soilregenerationproject.com and aditipunjsood@gmail.com