How Does Your Garden Grow?

Seventy thousand different types of soil exist in the United States alone. Young scientists learn about the importance of soil to the food supply. They test soil for a variety of factors and determine the best place to set up a community garden. A presentation rounds out the instructional activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss different soil types by geographic location
  • Invite a farmer to speak to the class
  • Look at the needs of the local food shelter and how a garden might help
Classroom Considerations

  • If your school already has a garden, research community garden options
Pros

  • Follows a 5E format
  • Includes multiple options for a final evaluation
  • Supported by the USDA best practices
Cons

  • None