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CKSci Grade 2 Unit 2: Organisms and Their Habitats

Subject Science — Biology, Life Science
Grade Level Grade 2
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Students will investigate the dependence of plants on air, water, nutrients and minerals, and light for growth, and on the dependence of animals to pollinate flowers and disperse seeds. Students will also observe the diversity of life in different habitats, and will plan a butterfly meadow that will come back and spread year after year. 

Students explore concepts including:

  • Plants depend on air, water, minerals, and light to grow.
  • Plants depend on animals for pollination and to move fruits and seeds around.
  • There are different kinds of living things in any area and they exist in different places on land and in water.
  • Designs can be communicated through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.

Engineers and engineering designers use knowledge of the habitats of organisms as they use materials in design solutions and make things that are useful to people. This series of lessons incorporates learning goals that support the principles and practices of engineering design, such as defining problems, testing materials, and evaluating possible solutions.

Number of Lessons: 4, each lesson is divided into 3-5 lesson segments. 

Instruction Time: We recommend that you plan for about 30-45 minutes for each lesson segment. We further recommend that you spend a minimum of nineteen days and a maximum of twenty-eight days teaching the Organisms and Their Habitats unit so that you have time to teach the other units in the Grade 2 CKSci series.

 

 

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Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
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.
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.
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

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