New Plants

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Science                               

Grade:  2

Unit:  New Plants                                            

Pacing:   April-June

Essential Question(s):

  1. Can you explain what is happening during the life cycle of a plant?
  2. On a rainy, windy day, what happens to seeds in your backyard?

 

Big Idea(s):

  1. Plants need roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds to complete the life cycle.
  2. Seeds adapt to their environment.

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority Standards or GLEs :

Supporting

2.2.3- Describe the function of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds in completing a plants life cycle.

2.2.1-Use senses and simple tools to observe and describe roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

 

 

2.2.2-Use magnifiers to observe and diagram the parts of a flower.

 

 

 

2.2.4-Record observations and make conclusions about the sequence of stages in a flowering plant’s life cycle.

2.2.5-Compare and contrast how seeds of different plants are adapted for dispersal by water, wind, or animals.

2.2.6-Conduct a fair test to explore factors that affect seed germination and plant growth.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Function of plants

  • Stems
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Seeds

 

Compare and Contrast for adaptation of seed dispersal

  • Water
  • Wind
  • Animals

 

Describe (life cycle of plants)

Compare (properties)

Contrast (properties)

Identify (part of a plant)

Identify (ways seeds travel

2

2

2

3

3

 “Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

o   Science Journals

o   Informal question and answer

o   Assessment Checklist-Foss Kit Assessment Duplication Masters

o   Observes and records Brassica

o   Observes and records Mowing

o   Direction of growth

o   Accurate observations

o   Identifies plant parts

o   Identifies functions

o   Observes and records bulbs

o   Plant needs and structure function

 

Instructional Planning

What will we use to teach the concept and skill

2.2.1-FOSS New Plants

·         All investigations 1- Brassica Seeds

·         All investigations 2-Grass & Grain Seeds

·         All investigations 3- Stems

·         All investigations 4-Bulbs and Roots.

 

 

2.2.2-FOSS New Plants

·         All investigations 1- Brassica Seeds

·         All investigations 2-Grass & Grain Seeds

·         All investigations 3- Stems

·         All investigations 4-Bulbs and Roots.

 

 

2.2.3-FOSS New Plants

·         All investigations 1- Brassica Seeds

·         All investigations 2-Grass & Grain Seeds

·         All investigations 3- Stems

·         All investigations 4-Bulbs and Roots.

 

2.2.4-FOSS New Plants

·         All investigations 1- Brassica Seeds

·         All investigations 2-Grass & Grain Seeds

·         All investigations 3- Stems

·         All investigations 4-Bulbs and Roots.

 

·         All investigations 2-Grass & Grain Seeds

2.2.5- FOSS New Plants 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

o   Foss Books New Plants

o   The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

o   How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

o   The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

o   Houghton Mifflin Science Chapter 1- Plants

o   Aims Books (Ask science facilitator) Primarily Plants

o   Aims Books- Cycle of Knowing and Growing

o   Spring in to Math and Science K-1 book 3

o   Page 1-Sponge Garden

o   Page 36-A Tisket -A-Tasket Grow Your Own Basket

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

o   Whole group instruction

o   Small group instruction

o   One-on-one instructional intervention

o   Science Manipulatives

o   Centers/File folder games

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Flower                 Sprout

Roots                   Seedling

Stem                    Leaf /leaves

Life cycle             Bud

Shrub                  Seedpod

Trunk                   Lawn

Pollen                  Mow

Flow                     Grains

Seed                     Wheat

Germinate           

Plant

Brassica

Soil

Light

Water

Fertilizer

Nutrient

See Activities in Aims Books listed above in related materials

Foss Websites

Big Books-Seeds, New Plants

Differentiate Journal Topics

Math-Foss Worksheets graphing and measurement

Language-Tell the story of your plant, illustrate homonyms

Social Studies/techology-Locate different plants around the world with the help of the internet.