Interrelationships between soil, plants, animals, humans, and environment

THEME: The Living Soil–The Living Plant: We are all Interconnected and Related
STRAND: Biodiversity and Interdependent Relationships

Key Concepts

Describe how living things are interconnected with each other and with the environments they live in.


Explore plant relationships with companion planting (ex: 3 sisters-corn, beans, squash).

Investigate, observe and identify plant/animal relationships in the garden. Draw a picture or describe one relationship.

Observe and discuss the activity and interaction of birds, mammals, and invertebrates in the garden.

Use the garden as a model to observe and identify how soil, plants, animals, insects, and humans interact; draw or describe one of these relationships.


Tell or read the story of The Three Sisters.

Students write or draw a story about an interrelationship they have observed in the garden. Share.

Read Jo MacDonald Had a Garden by Mary Quattlebaum; Mollyʻs Organic Farm by Carol L. Malnor & Tina L. Hunner

Read Pulelehua and M maki by Janice Crowl; show native plant and native Kamehameha butterfly (including life cycle phases).