Unit of Study
Goals Assessment Content Schedule Tools & Resources Power Point
Created By: Mary Hagen
School: St. Lawrence School
Content Area: Life Science Second Grade
Brief Description of Unit:
Students love to grow plant, but do they know how they grow and what they need in order to grow? What is the life cycle of a plant? What are the parts of a plant? We are going to find out all about plants, their parts, and how they change and grow.
Goal 3: LIFE SCIENCE
Students will describe structures and attributes of living things, processes of life, and interaction of living things with each other and the environment.
Grade Life Science Standards:
Students will describe how plants go through a series of orderly changes
in their life cycle. (example: flowering plants undergo many changes from
the formation of a flower to the development of the fruit)
Students will classify and analyze living things by structure and
Students will identify behavioral and physical characteristics of plants
and animals that help them survive in their habitat.
Goal 5: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Students will identify and evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science, upon technology, environment, and society.
Second Grade Science, Technology, Environment, and Society Standards:
1. Students will describe how technology contributes to solving problems.
2. Students will explain how technology is applied to daily life.
Students will read at increasing levels of complexity for a variety of purposes.
Second Grade Reading Standards:
Students will interpret
information in text to confirm or reject initial predictions.
Students will use context clues and prior knowledge to understand
unfamiliar texts. (example: pictures, diagrams).
Goal 2: WRITING
Students will use write effectively for different audiences and specific purposes.
Students will distinguish between
complete and incomplete sentences.
Students will use correct grammar in a variety of sentence structures.
Students will use correct spelling of frequently used words in final
Goal 3: LISTENING/VIEWING
Students will use critical listening and viewing skills in various situations and for a variety of purposes.
and Viewing Standards:
1. Students will follow three and four step oral directions.
Level Four - H
Eagerly participates in all activities at all times.
All projects and activities done perfectly.
Level Three - S
Participates most of the time in the activities.
Completes most of the projects.
Projects and activities done neatly.
Level Two - N
Participates some of the the time in the activities.
Completes some of the projects.
Projects and activities done satisfactorily.
Level One - U
Participates very little in the activities.
Completes very few projects.
Projects and activities done unsatisfactorily.
In this unit, second grade students will be introduced to the life cycle and the parts of plants. Each lesson will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The students will use a variety of technology throughout this unit. They will use the internet to plant a garden, name the parts of a plant, put an on-line puzzle together, and take a quiz. They will use Kidpix or Paintbrush to draw and label a plant. They will use the digital camera to take pictures of the life cycle of a plant. The students will do a variety of experiments throughout the unit. They will do some creative writing and art activities. Ongoing activities will include observing and journaling the growth and development of a plant. Also, as part of their computer class, the students will make a power point of the life cycle of a plant.
|The teacher will read Plants and Flowers
by Sally Hewitt to introduce the plant unit.
The teacher will present a power point presentation about the six parts of plants.
|The teacher will lead the students in reading
and discussing Chapter 1, Lesson 2 in their science books, "Parts of
The students will complete a worksheet page 11, "Parts of Plants", from Science Resources.
|Students will do an experiment, "What Do
Leaves Need?" from p. A11 in their science books.
Students will complete a plant puzzle on the internet.
|Students will do an experiment, "Plants
Students will do a creative writing exercise. Students will imagine a plant that is either missing one of its parts or has one of its parts greatly reduced. The students will write and illustrate a story describing how the plant still manages to survive and grow.
As they finish, the students will play a game, "Plant-Parts Salads" .
Students will do an experiment, "Seeds."
Students will complete a "Seeds" packet independently throughout this unit.
Students will do an experiment, "Planting Bean Seeds."
Students will draw a plant and label the main parts of a plant (leaves, stem, roots, flowers, fruit, seeds) using Kidpix or Paintbrush.
|Teacher will read From Seed to Plant by
Gail Gibbons to introduce the life cycle of a plant.
Students will do an experiment, "Roots of Seeds."
The teacher will lead the students in reading and discussing Chapter 1, Lesson 3, "How Do Seeds Grow into New Plants?" The students will identify the stages of the life cycle of plants. (1. seeds 2. sprout 3. seedling 4. young adult 5. adult plant)
The students will complete a worksheet Plants Make New Plants, page 17.
|Students will divide a paper into sixths. In each part they will draw and label the stages of a plant's life cycle. (1. Title & Name 2. Seeds 3. Sprout 4. Seedling 5. Young Adult 6. Adult Plant)|
|Students will do an
experiment, "Soil Babies."
Students will play "Plant a Garden" where they plant a garden and watch it grow.
|Students will complete a quiz and watch a video, "The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed"- 30 minutes.|
Students will complete Chapter 1 Test from McGraw-Hill Science series.
|Culminating Activity: Students will go on a fieldtrip to Lakeshore Fruit Farm in Ortonville, MN. They will see the life cycle of apples and parts of apple trees.|
***Students will observe and journal the growth and development of the various plant experiments.
***Students will use the digital camera to observe the growth and development of the life cycle of the plant. The students will use these pictures to add to their journals.
***Students will color and work in their seed packets.
Other Class Activities
Reading Class- The students will read:
***Iuan's Vegetable Garden by Seth Adams
***Mr. Hobson's Garden by Marc Gave
***All About Eggs by Debby Slier
Computer Class- The students will work in groups to make a class power point about the life cycle of the plant.
When viewing the Power Point presentation, please click on the screen to change the slides.