Dirt and Plants
Age 8-10: Concept 1 - Interdependence: Unit 1

In this unit, your child will follow the life cycle of a plant and experiment with various soils and environments to grow plants. She will explore the layers of the earth and the interdependence that exists among living things and the earth. She will also invent a new species of plant and describe its habitat and relationship with other living things.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit, Little House in the Big Woods.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Soil (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Plants (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Seeds (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Photosynthesis
  • Lesson 5: Trees (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Compost and Decomposers
  • Lesson 7: Plants, Animals, and People
  • Final Project: A New Species of Plant

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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