I created these 5 centers before Amplify was adopted by my school. My students were really able to show their understanding of the different topics and learn from each other through these centers. These centers also made it really easy for me to assess students and check in with them in a small group.
Center 1: Students observe a picture of a bee on a flower. They write their ideas about how the bee helps the plant. Then they discuss with the group and add to their answer if they changed their opinion. This is a good base assessment to see what they know about pollination.
Center 2: Students read with a partner from their group about one type of seed and how it travels (there are 3 to choose from). They then draw a comic strip that shows how this type of seed travels.
Center 3: Students sort pictures into three groups based on how the seeds are moved: Seeds that are buried, seeds that are eaten, seeds that hook onto animals. I print out an extra set of cards to keep on hand as an answer key in a folder for students to self check. After sorting once, students can race to sort and make it a game.
Center 4: Students chose a seed card. They use materials in a bin (usually what I have left over from STEM kits ex. felt, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, masking tape, cups, pom poms etc.) to design their own tool to help pick up this type of seed and move it to another location. There is an exit ticket that goes along with this center where students can jot a few sentences about their tool. I printed one out and wrote a sentence starter on it for my students to use as a reference. I laminated it and kept it in the folder at the center.
Center 5: Students read about how bats pollinate flowers as a group or with a partner. They use what they learn about how bats pollinate to finish a comic strip about how bees pollinate. This center was a little challenging for students. While the pollination process is the same, many students get hung up on bees making honey. I usually spend a good amount of time in discussion with this group. The final product from this group can also be used as an assessment to compare to what they did in center 1.
Each center can be 15-20 minutes. As a science cluster, I only have 50 minutes each week to teach so this made for 2 weeks of lessons for me and the kids loved it! I've also used Center 1 as a "in case you finish early" discussion piece instead of an actual center and that worked well also. This can be a great resource for Amplify Grade 2 Unit 1: Plant and Animal Relationships. It touches on a few other ways that seeds can travel, like burrs, and how seeds are made etc.
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