Walk in the Woods

In Walk in the Woods students "accompany" a soil scientist named Asmeret as she walks through the woods. Students see the world through a soil scientist's eyes as Asmeret searches for evidence of decomposition. As Asmeret guides students through the forest, several important ideas emerge: soil is made of living and non-living things; small organisms help decompose dead plants and animals; and through decomposition, soil is made. It shows how scientists look for evidence to help answer questions about the world. Walk in the Woods provides a real-world context for the study of decomposition and soil habitats.