Walker students meet with soil scientist

Nov 19, 2012
Fourth graders with Kersbergen.

Liberty — Students at Walker School in Liberty participated in a unit that both encouraged them to dig into a good book and dig into soil studies. As part of this project, kids received a set of "mystery soil samples" for their classrooms. They were given clues about the characteristics and uses of the various soil types over a two week period. Students used these clues as they investigated the soils and ultimately correctly classified them.

To culminate the project, students met with soil scientist Rick Kersbergen, who works as an educator for the University of Maine extension service. Kersbergen met with every class individually in the school greenhouse. Through hands-on activities, students were able to learn how the properties of soil can affect crop growth as well as erosion into lakes.

After meeting with Kersbergen, all students selected a free book to take home and enjoy. The project was developed as part of the school's Reading is Fundamental Program (RIF) with the aid of the school Food Corp Volunteer. There will be two more RIF events held at Walker this year.

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