FoodPrints Curriculum

A Recipe for Plant Survival


Soil Health

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:



Spring / April


The purpose of this lesson is for students to identify and describe patterns of what plants need to survive, as well as investigate what helps plants thrive. Students will prepare soil for spring gardening and search for plants in the garden that are not healthy, that are surviving and that are thriving. Students will also create a guide about how to care for plants. This lesson supports the DCPS Kindergarten Science Unit Living Things and Their Habitats.

Big Idea

We can help plants thrive in our school garden.

Guiding Questions

  • What does a plant need to survive?
  • How can we improve the health of plants that are not thriving?

Instructional Video to Support Teaching This Lesson