Soil Profile

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In this activity, learners will create a soil profile in a bottle. They will learn about the organic and inorganic matter found in soil and observe as it separates into layers in the bottle. Activity includes step-by-step instructions and interactive questions to engage learners in creative thinking.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • An empty jar or plastic bottle with a lid that you can see through (transparent)
  • A spot you can safely dig up soil
  • Garden tool or big spoon for digging and scooping soil


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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  • Free access


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  • COSI Connects


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