This unit was designed specifically to address the NGSS 2nd grade standards for LIfe Science. (2-LS-2, 2-LS-4). A variety of activities are included in this unit:
Activity 1: Sprouting Seeds: Students plant seeds in Ziploc bags and watch the sprouting process. They compare their seed to seeds that don’t receive water, or sunlight.
Activity 2: My Plant Project: Students choose from 4 seed types to plant. They then keep a journal and observe differences between their plants and those of classmates.
Activity 3: My Plant Journal: Students keep a journal on their plant and record observations in words and pictures.
Activity 4: Plant Life Cycle: Students examine pictures of plant growth and put them in order.
Activity 5: Seed Travels: Students conduct 3 experiments to investigate how seeds travel by animal fur, wind, and water.
Activity 6: Animals Need Plants: Informational reading to show that animals depend on plants.
Activity 7: Parts of a Plant! Students learn about and label the different parts of a plant.
Activity 8: I Eat Plants: In this fun activity, students taste different plant parts. They follow up by making a graph of favorite parts.
Activity 9: Animal and Plant Bingo: To help review vocabulary from this unit, students play bingo.
An optional post test and grading rubric are also included.
If you like this unit, check out the Structures and Properties of Matter Unit addressing NGSS standard for 2nd grade: 2-PS-1:
Structure and Properties of Matter
And the 2nd grade unit on Processes that Change the Earth addressing 2-ESS-1:
Processes that Shape the Earth
If you'd like to purchase the 2nd grade Entire Year Bundle that includes all 3 major units along with informational readings and engineering activities, check this out:
2nd Grade Entire Year Bundle
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