FoodPrints Curriculum

Exploring Soil


Soil Health

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:



Fall / October


The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to soil and to explore its different components. During this lesson, students will examine soil from different areas around the school and dissect soil samples from the garden. Students will also work to prepare the garden for winter by protecting the soil. 

Big Idea

Soil is made of many different ingredients.

Guiding Questions

  • What are the different ingredients that create soil?
  • How can we tell if soil is healthy?

Instructional Video to Support Teaching This Lesson