Second Grade NGSS in the Garden Lessons

Second Grade Unit Summary
Second grade classes will explore the interdependence of plants and animals, specifically looking at pollination and seed dispersal mechanism. In the Fall Second grade classes will observe and harvest the flowers they planted in First grade noting how seeds travel and the role of pollinators. In the Spring Second grade classes will plant beans for the kindergarten classes to harvest and will monitor their growth. 

Second Grade NGSS in the Garden Lessons

Disciplinary Core Idea Second Grade: LS.2.A. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems - Plants depend on water and light to grow. Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.

Lesson 1: Welcome to the Garden - Students make group agreements, learn a welcome song and explore new growth in the garden.  

Lesson 2: Seed Ya Later - Students examine diverse seeds and make explanations based on evidence for how they think each seed travels. Then they search for seeds in the garden and classify them by their travel method..

Lesson 3: Hitchhiker Seeds - Students gather "hitchhiker seeds" on fabric, imitating furry animals picking up seeds. Then they plant the seeds to see what grows.

Lesson 4: Adapt a Seed- Students invent new seed dispersal mechanisms and construct physical models to test out their designs.

Edible Option - Lesson 5: Seedy Snack - Students discuss the nutritional value of seeds and then prepare and enjoy Honey Seed Snacks.

Lesson 6: Pollinator Power - Students make explanations for how they think plants help animals, and how they think animals help plants. Then they explore how flowers are similar and how they are different, and learn about the function of a flower to attract pollinators and distribute pollen to other plants.

Lesson 7: Bird and Bees - Students explore how pollinators interact with flowers.

Lesson 8: Planting for Pollinators - Students look for bees in the garden and work together to figure out which plants attract the most bees using counting sheets. Students discuss how to ensure the bee species survival in the future and celebrate with a honey taste test.

Lesson 9: Interdependence - In this post-assessment lesson, students will use knowledge gained throughout the program to present a short skit and construct a paper model of how pollination occurs in the garden.