The Grade 2, Unit 1: Growth and Changes in Animals activity packet is designed to supplement your unit on the growth and changes that animals go through. This resource features full-length lesson plans, readings, and activities for students to complete that are engaging, and informative. This resource is designed to meet the overall and specific expectations outlined in the 2007 Ontario Science curriculum document.
This unit was fully updated on 03/31/2020.
Focus of the Unit:
This resource has students focus on investigating the distinct characteristics of animals related to appearance, behaviour, growth, and change. Students, throughout the unit, explore a variety of animals and identify similarities and differences among them. Students also explore the ways in which human activities have an impact on specific animals and their survival, and ways in which the animals’ environment has an impact on their development.
The big ideas of this unit are:
- Animals have distinct characteristics.
- Humans are animals.
- There are similarities and differences among different kinds of animals.
- Humans need to protect animals and the places where they live.
There are lessons included in this resource. Please note that these lessons do, in most cases, require the use of more than 1 period.
Lesson 1.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 1.2: Characteristics of Animals
Lesson 1.3: Characteristics of Animals
Lesson 1.4: The Life Cycle of Animals
Lesson 1.5: The Life Cycle of Animals
Lesson 1.6: Animal Adaptations
Lesson 1.7: Animal Adaptations
Lesson 1.8: Animal Research Project
Lesson 1.9: Humans and Animals
Lesson 1.10: Helpful and Harmful Actions
Lesson 1.11: Human Impact on Animals
There are, in most cases, whole-group activities to ensure students understand key concepts, and understand what is asked of them to do during the core learning activity. An example is the comparison of two life cycles (goose vs. chicken), and brainstorming the similarities and differences between the life cycles. This sets up students for success when they choose two animals to compare the life cycles of.
For the lessons on the characteristics of animals, as well as the life cycle of animals, and animal adaptations, students are asked to split themselves into small groups. Students are then to move around to each of the centres and learn about a given animal, animal life cycle, or the adaptations an animal has. There are recording booklets for each of these centre activities that only require printing, cutting in half, and stapling.
For the final assignment, students are asked to research an animal, and identify the basic pieces of information about the animal (i.e., life cycle, location of animal, physical and behavioural characteristics of animal, and the adaptations of the animal).
Are there Answer Key Included?
There are a few answer keys included, but most activities require students to complete open-ended responses. Rubrics, and assessment recording sheets are included where applicable.
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