Plant and Animal Needs & Life Cycles Second Grade Science Unit NGSS

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Linda Kamp
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This second grade Plant & Animal Needs & Life Cycles resource is a comprehensive 3-week science unit carefully designed with literally everything you need to teach NGSS and many state science standards all in one, in-depth resource.

It addresses NGSS Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems and these standards: 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3. It includes 17 days of high interest, hands-on science lessons.

This unit is also available bundled with a digital version of the student activities and narrated audio lessons. CLICK HERE.


Lesson 1: Plant Life Cycle

Lesson 2: Plant Needs

Lesson 3: Animal Life Cycles

Lesson 4: Animal Needs

Lesson 5: Interdependence: Ways Plants Rely on Animals

Lesson 6: Interdependence: Ways Animals Rely on Plants


  • Plant and animal interdependence
  • Plant needs and their lifecycles
  • Animal needs and their life cycles
  • Seed dispersal
  • Pollination and pollinators
  • Parts of a seed, plant, and flower

Each ready to teach lesson comes with an in-depth instructional PowerPoint, detailed, scripted lesson plans, response journal activities, differentiated quizzes, hands-on investigations and simple lab activities that are actually do-able in your classroom.

The lessons also include vocabulary posters, guiding questions, and learning objectives display cards as well as related videos for each lesson. Literacy and math based science centers make it easy to integrate science and reinforce the lessons during other subjects.

Assessments are easy to differentiate using one of two quiz formats: the fill in the blank option or the short, written response format. At the end of the unit students are assessed with a comprehensive unit test.

What’s included:

  • A complete Teacher’s Guide with a flexible 3-week Pacing Guide that can be shortened to fit your schedule
  • 17 Days of detailed, scripted lesson plans.
  • An in-depth Teaching PowerPoint with embedded videos
  • 8 Hands-on lab investigations and STEM activities with guided lab procedures and step-by-step directions with photos.
  • Essential questions posters and learning target cards
  • Student science journal/workbook with follow-up practice pages for each lesson
  • Science based reading passage
  • Vocabulary cards + full page vocabulary posters
  • Full page life cycle posters
  • Quizzes for each lesson in 2 formats (short written response or fill in the blank) with answer keys
  • Final unit test with optional pages for differentiation
  • Answer keys
  • Standards alignment pages for each lesson
  • Teacher planning binder with cover and sections
  • Videos for each lesson – You will need access to YouTube to view the videos.
  • BONUS Bulletin board set

STEM Labs, Experiments and Investigations

Students explore the interdependence of plants and animals, plan and carry out simulations, build models, and conduct investigations in 8 high interest labs to answer these scientific questions:

  • What’s Inside a Seed?
  • Can Plants Grow Without Sunlight?
  • How Does Water Move Through a Plant?
  • What Care Do Animals Need?
  • How Do Animals Move Seeds?
  • Pollination Simulation: How Do Animals Help Plants Reproduce?
  • Breathing Leaves: How Do Leaves Produce Oxygen?

5 Literacy and Math-Based Science Centers

Reinforce science content as students practice these literacy & math skills:

  • Cause & Effect
  • Organizing Data
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Applying Vocabulary
  • Math word problems using science content

This unit is also available in a yearlong bundle of 2nd grade science curriculum > > CLICK HERE.

*Please see the preview for details and pictures of all resources included in this unit.

CLICK HERE for a list of materials needed to do the labs.

Note: This is a very large unit that downloads as a zipped (ZIP) folder with 5 separate files inside. You will need to “unzip” the folder to access and open the files correctly. CLICK HERE for directions to open a ZIP file.

Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

Around the Kampfire

Click here to see all 3rd grade science units.

Click here to see all 2nd grade science units

2nd grade science units available:

Scientists & the Scientific Method: An Introduction to Science

Structure & Properties of Matter

Habitats & Ecosystems

Earth Changes & Landforms

Plant & Animal Interdependence

Engineering Design

Life Cycle of Plants

Butterfly Life Cycle

2nd grade DIGITAL units with audio lessons:

Properties of Matter

Habitats & Ecosystems

Scientists & Scientific Method

Landforms & Earth Changes

Engineering Design

Plant & Animal Interdependence & Life Cycles

Related 2nd grade science readers & passages:

Properties of Matter

Habitats & Ecosystems

Landforms & Earth Changes

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232 pgs. + 100 slide PowerPoint
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


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