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Save the Soil!



Save the Soil!

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.02

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     challenging words:    mulch, dirty, erosion, rocks, overnight, limbs, farmland, covering, blowing, somebody, rows, quickly, chips, form, appear, dead


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Save the Soil!
By Erin Horner
  

1     It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Someone needs to help save the soil. Soil is an important resource. It is made from small pieces of rocks, tree limbs, dead bugs, and dead leaves. It contains nutrients that plants need. Many animals survive by eating plants. Other animals, including people, survive by eating plants or eating the animals that eat plants. About ninety-nine percent of the world's food supply comes from soil.
 
2     You can help to save the soil by planting grass and other plants. These help to keep soil from washing away. Covering healthy soil with mulch helps to save it too. Wood chips and grass clippings make great mulch. Newspaper does too. Farmers help to save soil by planting .....
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