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 two-and-a-half-hour field study at a local natural area, we provide three 75-minute hands-on lessons supporting 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.
LESSON 1: PARTS AND THEIR PURPOSE
During this 75-minute lesson, students will explore the plants in their schoolyard, observing the different parts of each plant and their purpose.
LESSON 2: TRAVELING SEEDS
During this 75-minute lesson, students will learn about the different seed dispersal methods through observing real seeds and their structures.
LESSON 3: FIELD STUDY
During this 2 1/2 hour field study, students will explore a local natural area with a focus on the native plants, seed structures, and the many different seed dispersal methods. Students will learn to make observations with a hand lens, make a scientific drawing, and collect different seeds.
LESSON 4: BOTANY AND ENGINEERING
During this 75-minute lesson, students will use their understanding of seeds and their structures to build a seed that can be dispersed by attaching to animals’ fur.
BOOK YOUR 2nd GRADE PROGRAM
We offer Genius Plants to Sacramento region 2nd grade classes throughout the school year.
To book Genius Plants, please click on the state where your school resides. When prompted to choose grade/program, please select 2nd - Genius Plants.
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