Horticulture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help you teach your students about horticulture. Students will learn about the career of a horticulturist as well as the vocabulary terms associated with horticulture.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Describe a career as a horticulturist.
  • Use correct terminology to discuss horticulture.
  • Experiment with growing plants.


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Access to internet research tools
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Sample job descriptions


  • Activate prior knowledge by asking students the following question:
    • What is horticulture?
  • Write student responses on chart paper.
  • Read the lesson Horticulture Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts as a class.
  • Pause after reading the ''Learning to Be a Horticulturist'' section.
  • Help students connect to the text by discussing the following prompts:
    • Think about a time you have visited or helped in a garden.
    • What types of things affect how well plants grow?
    • How would a horticulturist know if he/she was doing a good job?
  • Continue reading the remainder of the lesson.
  • Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.


Horticulturist Job Description

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Provide each group with access to materials.
  • Show students a couple of sample job descriptions.
  • Explain that job descriptions provide information about expectations for workers that work for a particular company so that when people apply for those jobs, they understand what they will be asked to do and how they will be compensated for that work.
  • Have each student do a two-minute, quick write to get their ideas about what a horticulturist might be expected to do.
  • Have students within each group share their writing and do additional research to answer any questions they might still have about the job.
  • Have groups work together to create a job description for a horticulturist.
  • Have the groups choose a spokesperson to present their job description to the class.

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