First you and your class will build your background knowledge and gain a common understanding of habitat vocabulary and the diversity of life within habitats. Then you’ll go on a magic carpet ride with Kat and Squirrel to visit some of these habitats and ‘show what you know’ through dramatization. The lessons wrap up with a fun “baseball card” like design activity using common house plants as the focus of each card.
This product includes:
collaborative lesson ideas
science vocabulary work
comparing and contrasting
a fun new interactive Kat and Squirrel story
rubrics for observational assessment throughout the unit with a final grading sheet
Goals of the lesson
2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Students who demonstrate understanding can: 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.]
This unit includes lessons ideas and materials to teach the following Next Generation Science Standard for 2nd Grade:
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. The following standards are not included in this unit:
2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.