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

Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
2nd, Homeschool
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  1. This second grade science bundle includes both print and digital versions of Plants and Animal Needs & Life Cycles NGSS. It includes literally everything you need to teach, practice, experiment, and assess 17 days of NGSS aligned lessons on plant and animal interdependence, the plant life cycle,
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This second grade science resource a complete plants and animals unit that addresses NGSS Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems for 2nd grade science.

The resource includes high engagement, hands-on science lessons that are thoughtfully designed and scripted to make planning and teaching an in-depth science unit easy, effective, and fun.

Topics include:

· Plant and animal interdependence

· Plant needs and their lifecycles

· Animal needs and their life cycles

· Seed dispersal

· Pollination

· Pollinators

· Parts of a seed

· Parts of a plant and flower

Students are engaged through 6 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.

DISTANCE LEARNING: I have added directions for adapting and digitizing the student pages and Power Point lessons for distance learning and Google Classroom. All student activities and the teaching Power Point are also available separately in a ready to use digital version.

CLICK HERE for a digital, narrated Google Slides version of the teaching slides and student activities only. *NOTE: The labs and printable materials are not included in the digital version. CLICK HERE for the print + digital BUNDLE.

Aligned to both NGSS and CCSS this flexible 17-day unit includes detailed, scripted lesson plans, teacher’s notes, and procedures with pictures for each lesson and lab. A multitude of high quality science focus wall resources, posters, lesson objective cards and more support each lesson.

Unit Components

- Teacher Guide with Unit Overview and Pacing Guide

-6 Detailed, step-by-step, scripted lessons

-6-Lesson Teaching Power Point with extension activity slides after each lesson.

-8 Hands-on lab investigations/ STEM activities

-Guiding Questions, Learning Target posters, Lesson objective cards

-Full page vocabulary posters

-Full page life cycle posters

-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

-Answer keys for all resources

-Unit materials list

-Related read aloud book list

-Video links to support each lesson

-Bulletin board set

Lesson Topics

Lesson 1: Plant Life Cycle

Lesson 2: Plant Needs

Lesson 3: Animal Life Cycles

Lesson 4: Animal Needs

Lesson 5: Interdependence: Plants Rely on Animals

Lesson 6: Interdependence: Animals Rely on Plants

Lab Experiments/ 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?

Included Science Centers

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

Cause & Effect

Organizing Data

Sorting and Classifying

Applying Vocabulary

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 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

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Additional 2nd Grade Science Units:

Scientists & Scientific Processes: An Introduction to Science

Landforms & Earth Changes

Habitats & Ecosystems

Life Cycle of Plants

Butterfly Life Cycle

Landforms Writing Project

2nd Grade DIGITAL Science Resources:

Properties of Matter Digital Lessons & Activities

Habitats & Ecosystems Digital Lessons & Activities

Scientists & The Scientific Method Digital Lessons & Activities

Habitats Leveled Reading Passages PRINT & DIGITAL



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Total Pages
232 pgs. + 100 slide PowerPoint
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. Assessment is limited to testing one variable at a time.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
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.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


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