These 22 inquiry-based activities and experiments are perfect for 2nd grade classes focusing on these Next Generation Science Standards:
2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
2-LS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
2-LS2-2: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
2-PS1-2: Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
Students will practice inquiry skills of researching, teaching and sharing information, planning experiments and making observations. Students will focus on comparing and contrasting habitats, observing plant life, seed dispersal, and manipulating environments for plant growth!
Students will be able to...
-research and write about different habitats
-examine plants, animals, insects, weather, temperatures, etc., in their own environments
-ask research questions about different habitats
-compare and contact different habitats
-study different types of seed dispersal
-model different types of seed dispersal
-read and demonstrate self vs cross pollination
-create and test different conditions to prove why plants need water and sunlight to grow
-read, observe, and model different parts of plants
-read and discuss why humans need plants
-"create" a habitat that can withstand tests of weight, water, and wind
-explain their self-made "habitats" and the critter that lives in it
-read and research animal and habitat diversity
-measure, compare, and graph different plants
-examine different characteristics of leaves
Advanced warning: I highly recommend having iPads or other computer access in the classroom to use for research.
paper towels/cotton balls
plastic wrap/foil/wax paper