The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 10 lesson + science journal compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 2nd Grade Compilation (10 lessons and Journal).
This lesson about Seed Dispersal integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about how seeds are dispersed.
1. Introduce the engineering design problem to solve: What models work to mimic the way plants move their seeds to new places?
2. Use From Bird Poop to Wind: How Seeds Get as a Read-Aloud book. Students will look for key details in the text as it is read.
3. Develop models to mimic how seeds are dispersed and test them.
4. Communicate how the models illustrate seed dispersal by writing an explanation of how their seeds traveled.
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