FoodPrints Curriculum

Investigating Plant Traits


Habitats & Life Cycles

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

3rd Grade


Fall / November


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand that all plants have characteristics that they inherit from their parents. Students will compare traits among pumpkins, search for plants with traits that support survival in the garden and imagine the offspring of a number of different plants based on the traits they observe.

Big Idea

Plants inherit traits from their parent plants.

Guiding Questions

  • How do plants inherit traits from their parents?
  • Why is understanding plant traits important for farmers?

Instructional Video to Support Teaching This Lesson