Gardening Month: Elementary Level Activities

April 01, 2015 | 7:04 am

Celebrate National Gardening Month and Earth Day in your classroom with some fun soil and crop nutrient science activities! These hands-on learning experiences link gardening to soil science, with some fun mixed in! From send-home family activities to worms in classroom to fun soil trivia, our top 10 elementary soil activities have got you covered.

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Edible Soil Layers Activity 

The process of soil formation is gradual, but it eventually produces a series of horizontal layers, or horizons. Explore soil horizons with this fun, edible activity!

Grow a Garden Guide Family Activity

Kids love to get their hands dirty. So why not dig in together and plant a family garden? Vegetable, flower, or butterfly, this guide will help your students’ families learn about the soil near your home and let you reap the benefits of what you sow. Also available in Spanish.

Under Your Feet: First and Second Grade Reader

Introducing the basics of soil’s role in producing food, the 1st and 2nd grade Under Your Feet reader encourages students to grow their own plants from seed and categorize fruits from vegetables. Students perform experiments, read correspondence between a student and farmer about growing food, and observe with their five senses what plants need to grow. Next, a diagram outlines nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K)’s role in healthy plants. Finally, students compose a few sentences about why soil is important.

 Our Food Supply Family Activity

Show students how their food gets from farm to fork. The food-supply chain has many necessary steps to provide food for the population. Learn more about these steps with this engaging activity that you can send home for families to do together! Also available in Spanish.

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Worms! 

Show your elementary students the important role that earthworms play in healthy soil! This demonstration will captivate the students’ attention and enforce your soil science lessons. When teaching students about the essentialness of healthy soil in growing plants, these worm jars will help enforce the concepts about properties of soil, plus air and space in soil.

Soil And Human Health Family Activity

How do farmers across the U.S. participate in sustainable farming and how does that farming affect our family? Learn more about how healthy soil affects everything we grow and everything we eat. Also available in Spanish.

Fun Facts about Soil

Science is about discovering the world around you! See if you can incorporate some of these fun facts into your science lessons.

Seed Logic Puzzle

Students can use problem solving and elimination skills to learn about seeds in this logic puzzle, featuring content from our elementary curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century.

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NPK Bracelets

Sting plant essential nutrients, NPK, together to make a fun bracelet! Each essential nutrient plays a vital role in plant health. This activity will reinforce concepts about nutrients’ role in plant health.

Family Farm Trip Family Activity

Tractors that run without drivers, cows milked by robots, smartphones irrigating crops at the push of a button? It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. Share this activity with your students’ families! Also available in Spanish.