Soil and Plant Investigation

  • Grade 3
  • Students will go on a hike to explore different features and needs of plants, to participate in soil testing related to soil composition, nutrients and organisms in the soil, and to make conclusions on the relationships between different types of plants and soils.
  • full day field trip
  • This trip is not accessible by wheelchair 

Related Documents:

Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist - Spring 
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist - Fall
Exploring Soils - Pre and Post Trip Activities
Soil Pyramid
Soil Texture by Feel
List of Common Organisms


Online Resources:

Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century - an excellent resource for Plant Science classroom material with downloadable lesson plans

Curriculum Connections 




Grade 3


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 (e.g., hiking, cross country skiing, orienteering, aquatics, snowshoeing, skating, canoeing, tobogganing, cycling).

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.