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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.
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. (secondaryto 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)
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)
Natural vs. man-made
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?