Disciplinary Core Ideas
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
• 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)
Use the Template and Resource Links to Fulfill NGSS
ll. Introductory Activities to Assess Prior Knowledge
A. Simple Activities - that assess students’ understanding of what plants need to grow, pollinate and spread their seeds.
Label the Parts of the Plant
Spreading the Seeds - Mini-Poster
Spreading Seeds - Matching
Seed Dispersal - An Investigation
Pollination or Seed Spreading - Matching
What Plants Need - Matching (Color)
Name the Parts of a Plant - Cut and Paste
What Plants Need - Read Aloud (K-2)
What Plants Need - Read Aloud Vocabulary Cut and Paste
What Plants Need Coloring Page
What Plants Need - Poster
B. Brainstorming Session
Question: How do animals help plants spread their seeds?
1. Break students down into groups of 3-4.
2. Ask students to generate a list of ways that animals help plants spread their seeds.
C. Critical Thinking - Discuss the Seed dispersal comic (below) and what is ironic about it.
lll. New Knowledge - Text
A. Read about animals that live in groups and consider how this helps them.
B. Examples of Models (depicts the concept expressed in the reading):
Ask students to look at the models and explain how each illustrates the concepts they've read about.
lV. Experiments, Activities, Model-making (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry related to social interactions and group behaviors. Choose and Research an animal that lives in a group and then use critical thinking to complete the social interactions and group behavior sheet below about them
V. Summarize Knowledge - Enduring Understandings
When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).
When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.
Amsel, Sheri. "Grade 2 - 2-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2021. June 21, 2021
< http://exploringnature.org/db/view/Grade-2-2-LS2-Ecosystems-Interactions-Energy-and-Dynamics >