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Science

Life Science

Power Standards
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. (2-LS2-1)
  • Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. (2-LS2-2)
  • Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. (2-LS4-1) Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.

Critical Content

Content and Skills

*Power Standard Content

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  • Plants depend on water and light to grow. (2-LS2-1)
  • Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. (2-LS2-2)

ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions  

  • The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their functions. (2-LS2-2)
  • Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people. (secondary to 2-LS2-2)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

  • There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)

Critical Language (Science & Engineering Practices)

Language Usage

  • A student in second grade can plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question. (2-LS2-1)

 

Content-Specific Vocabulary

  • Plants
  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Model
  • Mimics
  • Functions
  • Animal
  • Disperse
  • Seeds
  • Pollination
  • Diversity
  • Life
  • Habitats
  • Stability
  • Natural vs. man-made

 

Process-Specific Vocabulary

  • conduct
  • communicate
  • investigate
  • observe
  • compare/contrast
  • model

Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Living things depend on other living things to survive and grow.
  • Diversity of life exists in different habitats.

 

Factual Guiding Questions

  • What are living things?
  • What do living things need to grow and survive?
  • What do living things depend on?
  • What are structures?
  • Why do structures exist as they do?
  • Where could living things not exist?

 

Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • How do plants depend on animals?
  • How do animals depend on plants?
  • Why do some living things live in water and some on land?

 

Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • Would people be able to live on Earth without plants?
  • Why do some species become extinct while others survive in the same environment?