Second Grade

Second Grade

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  • Life Cycle of a Tomato: In this three part lesson, students study the life cycle of a plant as they save tomato seeds from heirloom tomatoes harvested in the school garden and plant them in the late winter/early spring to grow new seedlings.
  • From Seed to Pretzel: In this three part lesson, students experience the life cycle of the wheat plant by planting wheat seeds in October, harvesting and threshing the wheat in late May, grinding the wheat berries to make flour, and baking pretzels.
  • Leaf Attributes: Students collect and compare the attributes of various leaves as they work with a small group to create an “Attribute Train” organizing their leaves based on shared characteristics.
  • Garden Treasures: Children review coordinate graphing as they work in pairs to locate “treasures” in the garden using a life-sized coordinate grid. They also plot several elements of their school garden and learn how to make a scale drawing.
  • Dirt Detectives: Students investigate the physical properties of soil as they explore the contents of garden soil, discover that the components of soil have different densities, and conduct an experiment to determine which types of soil hold the most water.