Soil Pollution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about soil pollution. Students will watch a lesson defining soil pollution, explaining how it occurs and ways we can prevent it. Hands-on activities, discussion questions and a quiz are provided to make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define soil pollution
  • explain how soil pollution occurs
  • describe the impact of soil pollution
  • discuss ways to prevent soil pollution


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Access to the video lesson Soil Pollution Lesson For Kids
  • Trash can from your room (with trash!)
  • Table surface large enough to hold trash from your classroom trash can
  • Newspaper
  • Soil
  • Fast-growing seeds such as beans
  • Plastic bags
  • Small clay pots, two for each lab group
  • Data sheet to record daily observations of plants

Key Vocabulary

  • Soil pollution
  • Pollutants
  • Decompose

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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