FoodPrints Curriculum

Plants and their Families


Understanding Plant Parts

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

2nd Grade


Fall / September


The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore plant families. Students will study characteristics of different plant families and look for examples of each one in the school garden. They will create observational drawings that focus on the differences between plant families and use seed catalogues to create a poster of plant families. This lesson supports the DCPS 2nd Grade ELA Unit From Seed to Plant and the Science Unit Organisms – Needs and Interactions.

Big Idea

Plants have families.

Guiding Questions

  • How are plant families similar to and different from human families?
  • Why do scientists group plants into families?

Instructional Video to Support Teaching This Lesson