Hey Kat and Squirrel Fans! We’ve created, for your teaching pleasure, another super fun science unit. This one is about diversity in the Earth’s habitats.
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.