Soil and Plant Investigation

This field trip takes students on a hike to identify plants and see how their different features help them to survive. Students will observe and investigate a wide variety of local plants, from trees to mosses, in their natural environment. Students will also collect and study various soils. Investigations will include determining: soil composition, nutrients, and organisms living within the soil. Conclusions will be made on how the type of soil influences the plants that grow in an area.

Day of the Trip
This field study is designed for Grade 3 students and may be done at one of the followings sites:

The teacher may choose an extended half day or full day depending on their student's ability. Students and teachers will need to pack a healthy lunch with plenty of liquids. Details of what materials to bring will be discussed at the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist.

This trip requires a minimum of 3 parent volunteers

Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century

Excellent resource for Plant Science Classroom Material with downloadable lesson plans.


Curriculum Connections


Grade 3 Science

PL3.1 Investigate the growth and development of plants, including conditions necessary for germination.


PL3.2 Analyze the interdependence among plants, individuals, society, and the environment.


ES3.1 Investigate the characteristics, including soil composition and ability to absorb water, of different types of soils in their environment.


ES3.2 Analyze the interdependence between soils and living things, including the importance of soil for individual, society, and all components of the environment.

  Social Studies

DR3.1 Use various model representations of the earth.

  Phys Ed

PE3.1 Apply a repertoire of strategies for developing components of health-related fitness, (Cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength), through movement activities during scheduled times in school, at home, and in the community.

  Phys Ed

PE3.2 Evaluate the role of participation in movement activities in providing opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, social interaction, increased skill competency, stress reduction, active work life, use of leisure time, contact with nature, and involvement in communities.

  Phys Ed

PE3.7 Select and use effective movement skills, tactics, and strategies while participating in:

Alternate environment activities

  Phys Ed

PE3.8 Demonstrate positive interactions with others in cooperative and competitive movement activities.

  Phys Ed

PE3.9 Evaluate personal commitment to assessing risk factors and applying safe practices while participating in a variety of movement activities.

Soil Texture by Feel333.2 KB
Exploring Soils - Pre and Post Trip Activities315.15 KB
Soil Triangle128.51 KB
List of Common Organisms23.75 MB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist Spring & Fall Half Day Trips73 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist Spring & Fall - Ext Half & Full Day76 KB