Students explore the connection between healthy soils and regenerative farming. They review their knowledge of soil health before looking at some of the practices associated with regenerative farming. They work in groups to create an artwork showing how regenerative farming can positively affect farms and our environment.
- understand that regenerative farming is a method of farming that can secure food for humans and organisms living in their environment.
- create a soil food chain
- describe the benefits of regenerative farming to humans and the soil.
Lesson guides and printables
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - Year 4 Science
Students learn to:
- explain the roles and interactions of consumers, producers and decomposers within a habitat and how food chains represent feeding relationships (AC9S4U01)
- write and create texts to communicate findings and ideas for identified purposes and audiences, using scientific vocabulary and digital tools as appropriate (AC9S4I06)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards:
Students identify the roles of organisms in a habitat and construct food chains. They communicate ideas and findings for an identified audience and purpose, including using scientific vocabulary when appropriate.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Target 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
UN SDG 15: Life on land
Target 15.3: By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.
- About Regenerative Agriculture - Information Sheet
- Drawing materials
- Student Worksheet - one copy per student.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - lead students in class discussions and oversee the creation of the cutaway images.
Special thanks to:
This lesson has been developed with the support of the Macdoch Foundation.
Cool's curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.