2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit

2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
2nd Grade NGSS Aligned Life Science Unit
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Are you searching for an NGSS Aligned 2nd Grade Life Science Unit that promotes hands-on/minds-on learning, while reinforcing ELA standards? Then, this unit* is for you! This unit is part of my Second Grade NGSS Curriculum Bundle. If you need more NGSS aligned units, please check out my full curriculum bundle here.

Second Grade NGSS Science Curriculum

See the green links in the bottom of this description for other buying options.

***Most, not all, items are EDITABLE. Tasks and other EDITABLE word documents do not contain graphics due to the fact they are editable. Each editable item is an individual word document or Power Point/Smart Board lesson so you can edit them to fit your and your students' needs. See product preview for an example.***


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Special Note: The NGSS standards are heavy on Inquiry-Based skills. The lessons in this unit are designed to put the learning in the hands of the students while the teacher is the facilitator; therefore, they are rigorous in nature. The lesson plans provide facilitation tips.

Additional Note: PowerPoint versions are now included for all Smart Board slides to meet the needs of buyers. The majority of the PowerPoint slides are the same as the Smart Board slides. Some of the PowerPoint slides are tweaked due to the differences in the two programs.

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General Notes:

• Suggested Unit Pacing is noted. (Your students may need to go faster/slower, depending upon their needs.)

• Detailed Unit Plan based upon:

1. NGSS standards and ELA CCSS standards (See below for specific standards for each lesson.)
2. inquiry-based learning (This encourages minds-on/hands-on learning.)
3. the 5 Es:
Step 1: Engage
Step 2: Explore
Step 3: Explain
Step 4: Elaborate
Step 5:Evaluate
(These steps help with the inquiry process.)
4. cross-curricular aspects (Reading and Writing aspects are intertwined.)
5. 3-Dimensional Learning Required by NGSS (See top of unit plan for specific info for each lesson.)
-Science and Engineering Practices: These are thinking about and doing science.
-Core Ideas: These are what we traditionally think of as content/facts.
-Crosscutting Concepts: Students should be looking for these as they complete the lessons.

• Curriculum formulated using the backwards-design curriculum model:
1) Started at the Standard
2) Made an assessment
3) Made lessons with activities aligned to standards/assessment

General Items included:

Science Lesson Flowchart FREEBIE: This is a generic lesson plan flowchart based upon NGSS and the 5 Es-See above. (This document gives general facilitation tips for any NGSS inquiry-based lesson.)
• Editable Science Talk flip book cards (for any science lesson)
• Editable Science Detective graphic organizer (for any science lesson)
• Editable Teacher Vocabulary Word cards (could be put on a word wall)
• Editable Student Vocabulary Science Journal

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EACH lesson plan has:

• A detailed 5 Es Lesson Sequence
• Possible Essential Question(s) noted
• Possible Lesson Pacing noted (Your students may need to go faster/slower, depending upon their needs.)
• NGSS and CCSS Standards noted
• NGSS Vocabulary Words listed
• 3-Dimensional Learning: Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices noted
• Possible fiction and non-fiction Teacher Read-Alouds/Story Connections are noted (You can substitute with what is available to you in your classroom/school library if necessary.)
• Possible I Can Statements noted
• Possible Questions noted

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Specific Lesson Details:


Life Science Unit (Unit 3 of 3*):

Please Note: This unit contains all the previously listed curriculum and unit items as well as the specific lesson items below.

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Lesson 1/What Plants Need:

Objective: Students will plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

NGSS Standard(s):
• Life Science: 2-LS2-1
ELA Standard(s):
• Reading Informational: 2.RI.4, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7, 2.RI.10
• Writing: 2.W.2
• Speaking and Listening: 2.SL.1

Other:
-editable Smart Board slide(s) (PowerPoints slide(s) are now included. See special note above.)
-editable plant observation notes sheet
-editable rubric for writing piece
-editable plant template (It can be used on a bulletin board in combination with the writing prompt.)

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Lesson 2/Plants and Animals:

Objective: Students will develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

NGSS Standard(s):

• Life Science: 2-LS2-2
• Engineering: K-2-ETS1-2
ELA Standard(s):
• Reading Informational: 2.RI.4, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7, 2.RI.9, 2.RI.10
• Speaking and Listening: 2.SL.1

Other:
-editable lesson t-chart for comparisons
-editable rubric for model

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Lesson 3/Animal and Plant Habitats:

Objective: Students will make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

NGSS Standard(s):
• Life Science: 2-LS4-1
ELA Standard(s):
• Reading Informational: 2.RI.4, 2.RI.5, 2.RI.7, 2.RI.10
• Writing: 2.W.2
• Speaking and Listening: 2.SL.1

Other:
-Smart Board slide(s) (PowerPoint slide(s) are now included. See special note above.)
-editable habitat recording sheet
-editable rubric for writing piece
(Each lesson topic contains phenomenon/an engaging hook to anchor and promote student-directed investigation. See engage step on lesson plan.)


***You can also purchase each lesson separately.***


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Additional Notes:

Biggest Shifts with NGSS:

• Science should be multi-dimensional (Previous science education has typically been 1-dimensional. It has mostly focused on the content/facts.)
• Exploration is the key: Science should be more about thinking/doing, not just facts. (Direct instruction can be utilized; however, students should explore and start putting the pieces together themselves first. Then, direct instruction can be used to clear up any student misconceptions.) The 5 Es lesson format helps with exploration.

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Purchasing Choices:

All of my second grade NGSS lessons are sold separately. If you are looking for a single lesson, you can find each individual NGSS aligned lesson here:

Physical Science Lessons:
Sorting Matter
Testing Matter
Building Matter
Changing Matter

Earth Science Lessons:
Earth’s Events
Wind and Water Erosion
Land and Water
Earth’s Water

Life Science Lessons:
What Plants Need
Plants and Animals
Animal and Plant Habitats

My second grade NGSS lessons are also bundled into units. If you need more than a single lesson, unit bundles can be found here:

Physical Science Unit
Earth Science Unit
Life Science Unit

If you are looking to purchase all the lessons, my curriculum bundle is the best deal. The full second grade NGSS aligned science curriculum (3 units, 11 lessons total) can be found here:

Second Grade NGSS Science Curriculum

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Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
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