Genius Plants - CA - Second Grade

Genuis Plants
A Classrooms Unleashed Program
for Second-Grade Students

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How do plants survive and spread their seeds far and wide? This unit focuses on the structures of plants, seeds, and the many different seed dispersal methods. In addition to a 2 1/2-hour field study at a local natural area, we provide three 75-minute hands-on lessons that support the Genius Plants curriculum. This unit is backwards designed from Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for second grade and includes pre- and post-student assessments.


program Overview

LESSON 2: Traveling Seeds

Your botanists will learn about the different seed dispersal methods by observing different seeds and experimenting with different ways to make them move during this 75-minute lesson.

LESSON 1: Parts and Their Purpose

During this 75-minute lesson, your students become botanists, exploring the plants in their schoolyard and observing the different parts of each and their purpose.

LESSON 4 : Botany and Engineering

In this 75-minute lesson, your botanists will use their understanding of seeds to design and “build” a seed that can be dispersed by attaching to animals’ fur.

LESSON 3: Field Study

During this 2 1/2-hour field study, students will explore Camp Pollock, a local nature area on the American River, with a focus on the plants, their structures, and the many different seed dispersal methods they use. Your botanists will learn to make observations with a hand lens, make a scientific drawing, and experiment with different seeds to determine how they help plants reproduce.




Teacher Information

COMMON CORE
ELA: 2.SL.1 

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
2-LS2-2, ETS1.B