This second grade habitats & ecosystems unit is designed with high engagement, hands-on science lesson plans. This resource enables you to easily plan and teach an in-depth unit that is both effective and fun. Students learn about land and water habitats and identify ecosystems within these biomes. They compare habitat diversity and discover its importance. Students identify adaptations living things develop to survive on land and in water. They learn about communities and populations within ecosystems and ways they depend on each other for survival.
Students are engaged through 7 high-interest lessons in a vividly detailed teaching Power Point, science journal and center activities, partner discussion questions, and hands-on lab investigations for each lesson. Assessments are differentiated for each lesson and the final unit test. I've included an easy-prep unit binder with section dividers and tabs that makes it easier than ever to plan and teach an organized unit.
Aligned to both 2nd grade NGSS Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems and CCSS, this flexible 3 week unit includes detailed, scripted science lesson plans and teacher’s notes with pictures for each lesson and lab. The unit can easily be shortened to 2 weeks depending on the number of labs you choose to do. A multitude of high quality science focus wall resources, posters, vocabulary and objective cards, science center activities and more support each lesson.
-Unit planning binder with dividers and tabs
- Teacher Guide with Unit Overview and Pacing Guide
-7 Detailed, step-by-step, scripted lessons
-7-Lesson Teaching Power Point with extension activity slides after each lesson.
-Guiding Questions, Learning Target posters, Lesson objective cards
-Student science journal with follow-up practice pages for each lesson
-Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in the blank)
-Final Assessment with optional pages for differentiation
-Easy grade answer keys for all resources
-Related read aloud book list and video links media guide
Lesson 1: Identifying Habitats & Ecosystems
Lesson 2: Exploring Land Habitats
Lesson 3: Adapting to Land Habitats
Lesson 4: Exploring Water Habitats
Lesson 5: Adapting to Water Habitats
Lesson 6: Habitat Diversity & Interdependence
Lesson 7: Protecting Habitats
Lab Experiments/ Investigations
Students explore micro-habitats, simulate adaptations, build models, and conduct investigations in the following labs:
What Lives At School? Exploring Micro-habitats
How Do Fish Breathe Underwater? Gill demonstration
Build a Model Water Plant
Design & Build a Land and Water Habitat on a Plate
How Do Water Animals Stay Warm? Blubber Demonstration
Comparing Habitat Diversity with simple models
Deserts, rainforests, deciduous, coniferous, and temperate forests, grasslands, tundras, oceans, tide pools, coral reefs, wetlands, swamps, marshes, rivers, and streams.
Students explore ecosystems, micro-habitats and urban habitats. They discover ways ecologists, engineers, and other scientists collaborate to protect and restore endangered habitats.
Included Science Centers
Reinforce science content as students practice these math & literacy skills:
Cause & Effect
Sorting & Classifying
Math word problems using science content
Please see the preview for details and pictures of all resources included in this unit.
Note: This is a very large unit that downloads as a zipped (ZIP) folder with 3 separate files inside. CLICK HERE for directions to open a ZIP file.
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