Grade Two

Introduction- Thanks for checking out the grade 2 resource package for our unit on plants! In grade two science curriculum, our students focus on many different aspects of the plant. They will be able to identify the parts of the plant, distinguish the differences in how the seeds are planted, as well as understand and appreciate nature in its most beautiful form! This unit is developed over the course of four weeks and can be adapted on any occasion. Please take a look at how our grade two students are going to explore the beautiful and spectacular parts of plants!

Week One: in the first week of the unit the students will be learning how to identify and describe the parts of a plant. As the week progresses the students will learn how to compare and contrast different types of flowers, stems, and leaves of plants. Finally, the students will observe and record the changes in the plants as they continue to grow.

Recommended Activities Week 1

Week Two: Following in the second week, the students will learn how plants reproduce. They will be observing and comparing different seeds and identifying the conditions required for seeds to germinate.

Recommended Activities Week 2

Week Three: Finally, students will learn and recognize the role of agriculture in our society. The students will be able to identify the different types of grains or seeds grown for food as well as the different parts of plants that are used for food.

Recommended Activities For Week 3

Week Four: In our final week the students will be taking a field trip to the Native Prairie Area located next to the First Nations University to explore and identify the native grassland and wildflower species. This is a great opportunity for the students to discover and understand the traditional uses of plants by the First Nations people and the plants native to our area. This trip will help the students build strength in comparing plants in all the different forms. Most importantly students will experience the beauty of native plants grown naturally and freely.

In our final week I would also like to invite a First Nations elder into the classroom to speak about plants and how they are used for medicine and spiritual healing in their culture. This activity will be a follow up to our adventure at the First Nations Native Grasslands at the University of Regina. The students will make connections to how we use some plants for food in our society to how First Nations use some plants as a special part of their culture.

The white and yellow quadrants in the Four Directions Medicine Wheel.  We also see the Buffalo Rock in the middle.

A windbreaker with two rows of chokecherry and a bed with native shrubs and trees have been planted during the summer of 2007.

Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata) and prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) are two abundant species found in the Native Prairie Area.

Cross Curricular Activities:

Math

Use the different parts of the plants for sorting, counting, adding and subtracting, and measuring.

Recommended Math Actvities

Arts Education

Use the different seeds to create musical instruments. Have the students learn different rhythms, dances, and acts by incorporating different seeds from plants.

Recommended Math Actvities

Physical Education

Have the students engaged in activities involving movement skills and practices.

Recommended Physical Education Activities

Health

Have the students make connections to our emotions and growth to the plants growth and well being.

Recommended Health Activities

Recommended Lesson Plans:

Plant Growth

Inside A Seed

Seed Sort

Songs About Plants

Spring Potted Plants

Resources:

The Carrot Seed written by Ruth Krauss

– A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits patiently for it grow while everyone else insists that “it won’t come up!”

Jack’s Garden written and illustrated by Henry Cole

– Come to the garden that Jack planted. You will see seeds and seedlings, buds and leaves. You will meet birds and bugs and butterflies. And best of all, you will watch the garden bloom!

A Dandelion’s Life written and illustrated by John Himmelman

– The life cycle of a dandelion, describing its germination, the growth of its flower head, visits by various insects, and the withering of its stem in winter.

The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds:  A Book About How Living Things Grow by Scholastic Inc.

– Good ol’ Ms. Frizzle and her class learn about the life cycle of plants.

How a Seed Grows written by Helene J. Jordan, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

– A simple informational text encouraging experimentation and discovery.

Something is Growing written and illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop

– A rare seed planted in the city concrete creates an explosion of growth which overtakes the urban landscape, cleaning the air and water, and inspiring the imagination.

Assessment and Evaluation

-Checklists

-Science Journals

-Personal Evaluation

-Rubrics

-Observation

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