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Second Grade:

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

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Driving Question: What do plants need to grow? How many types of living things live in a place?

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Second Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Structure & Function

The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

A Weed is a Flower

Oscar and the Cricket

What if There Were No Bees?

The Little Snowplow

Bird Count

The Little Snowplow

Under One Rock

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 2-LS2-1
    • #5 Seeds in a Bag, USI in Primary Grades, p. 26
  • 2-LS2-2
    • #18 Rotten Apple, USI Vol. 3, p. 139
  • 2-LS4-1
    • #1 Is it Living?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 4
    • #2 Is it an Animal?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 10
    • #3 Is it a Plant?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 16
    • #8 Big and Small Seeds, USI in Primary Grades, p. 40

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