Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)

Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
Animal and Plant Habitats (Second Grade Lesson)
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Lesson Topic: Animal and Plant Habitats (Topic 3 of 3)

This is one lesson in the Life Science unit. You can buy the entire Life Science unit or the entire curriculum at Paw-some Resources.

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Special Note: The NGSS standards are heavy on Inquiry-Based skills. This lesson is designed to put the learning in the hands of the students while the teacher is the facilitator; therefore, they are rigorous in nature. A specific lesson plan is included. The generic lesson plan flowchart provides additional facilitation tips.
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General Notes:

• Detailed lesson plan based upon:

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

• Lesson formulated using the backwards-design curriculum model:

1) Started at the Standard
2) Made an assessment task
3) Made a lesson sequence with activities aligned to standards/assessment

• Lesson plan includes the following details:

o Possible Lesson Pacing noted (Your students may need to go faster/slower, depending upon their needs.)
o NGSS and CCSS Standards noted
o NGSS Vocabulary Words listed
o 3-Dimensional Learning: Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices noted
o 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.)
o Possible I Can Statements noted
o Possible Questions noted

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.)
• Science Talk flip book cards (for any science lesson)
• Science Detective graphic organizer (for any science lesson)
• Editable Teacher Vocabulary Word cards (could be put on a word wall)

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Specific Lesson Details:

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

Life Science 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 lesson
-editable habitat recording sheet
-editable rubric for writing piece

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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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Lessons are also sold separately. 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

Unit bundles can be found here:

Physical Science Unit
Earth Science Unit
Life Science Unit

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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If you are looking for resources for all second grade subjects, check out my Second Grade MEGA Bundle.
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