Genius Plants - CA - Second Grade

Genuis Plants
A Classrooms Unleashed Program
for Second-Grade Students


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

ELA: 2.SL.1 

2-LS2-2, ETS1.B