Lesson Plans

Welcome to Claude’s world – the world of soil.

May 2006

If you ask Claude, EVERYTHING begins (and ends) with soil. He’ll give you the ‘scoop’ on soil in this interactive and educational game and learning activities. Pop the game into your computer and use your mouse to move the cursor around and investigate Claude’s underground adventure. Just click on different areas of the screen to be transported to a new world with amazing facts about soil!

“Conservation” isn’t just about recycling aluminum cans--it’s about protecting our natural resources. Join Claude as he explores the landscape and looks into our own lives where he uncovers the different ways we are all connected to this incredible resource. Soil is the foundation of life. Play Claude’s game and learn about the wonderful, dirty substance!

Scoop on Soil
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The “Scoop on Soil” CD game answers all your questions about dirt...

There’s SO much to discover about SOIL!!!  You won’t believe it!


Who is Claude?
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Claude is a smart little clod of soil (or “dirt” as some call it).
As the game’s narrator and tour guide, Claude answers all those
you’ve had about soil and he offers new information
about dirt that you probably never knew.



What Happens in the Game?
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The game starts in Claude’s room. From there, kids can visit the Soil Erosion Room, go up top to the outside world to see Soil at Work or venture down deeper to the amazing Soil Factory. Each area includes cool photos and video clips that explain basic soil concepts. By using the arrows at each side of the bottom of the screen, kids can roam within Claude’s world to explore and learn more. No matter where you go in Claude’s world, there are wild things to see and lots to learn!

For Users Who Want to Dig Deeper…
Within the game are opportunities to learn more. Periodically, an icon that reads “Do you want to know more?” pops up. If selected, Claude provides more technical information on the subject. View included educational materials to learn even more.

This game can be used by educators in a classroom setting or by children and families at home. It can be used by one person or in group settings. It can be posted onto a website to be used online or downloaded for private use.

The purpose of the game is to raise awareness about the importance of our nation’s soil resources.

Age 3 – 103. “Scoop on Soil” can be used and enjoyed by everyone! For educators, NRCS recommends use of the game for grades 4, 5, 6, and 7.

System requirements
The game program will operate on PC or Macintosh platforms. File size is 22.1 MB for storage on the hard drive.

Time needed: Most users can explore all areas of the game within 10 minutes. Many find they like to stay longer or revisit favorite places.

More Information on the game and CD…

Educational Soil Information, Lesson Plans & Fun Activities
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Also included on this CD are a number of soil facts, photos, fact sheets, lesson plans, PowerPoint shows and school activities that teachers or parents can use to further explore real world facts about this amazing natural resource. These activities are “teacher tested and kid approved,” and are guaranteed to be fun and educational. These are available as PDF files or in html format. Included on the CD are the following:

  1. Ten Key Soil Messages (available in PowerPoint and PDF formats)
  2. Classroom activities and Lesson Plans on –
  • The Color of Soil
  • Soil Crayons
  • Soil Erosion Demonstration
  • Soil Organic Matter
  • Soil Air
  • Particle Size Demonstration
  • Soil Texture
  • Power of Raindrops
  • How to Make a Soil Monolith
  1. Factors of Soil Formation
  2. From the Surface Down – an NRCS publication on soil science
  3. Soil Biology Primer – an NRCS publication on the biological elements found in soil
  4. State soils – descriptions and photos of soils from every state in the nation
  5. Soil Orders – see differences and similarities in soils across the globe
  6. Quotes about soil – 50 great quotes from past and present
  7. Soil songs – no music, but great lyrics students can sing
  8. Soil Quality Indicator Sheets and Rangeland Quality Indicator Sheets

More Information
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For more information regarding this CD, visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov and contact the Public Affairs Department.

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