FoodPrints Curriculum

The Magic of the Garden


Habitats & Life Cycles

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

2nd Grade


Spring / April


The purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize and appreciate the almost magical complexity and beautiful patterns of plant life cycles. They will compare two versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and write their own version of the folktale. Students will engineer a trellis that can successfully support a growing bean plant and observe plants at different stages of growth in the garden. This lesson supports the DCPS 2nd grade ELA Unit Got the Message: Fables and Folktales.

Big Idea

Growing vegetables can be magical.

Guiding Questions

What can we learn about plants at different stages of their lifecycle? 

What is magical about a plant as it grows?