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Lesson Plan: Who Lives in my Backyard?

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A Second Grade Lesson

Learn about the wild plants and animals that live near you, and how they share their home. Then, compare your local flora and fauna to those from a different part of Wyoming.

Essential question

Why do plants and animals live where they do?

Objectives

At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  • recognize common and important plants, animals and other organisms that live near their home,
  • identify abiotic conditions that control plant and animal distributions,
  • describe some of the relationships between plants and animals that share the same habitat,
  • explain why different species live in different places.

Assessment opportunities

  • Ask students to identify organisms and relationships as they construct a food web.
  • Make a field guide for distribution to family and community members.

Performance Expectations: Next Generation Science Standards

2-LS4-1

Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Next Generation Science Standards

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). 

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land or in water.  

Wyoming State Standards

SC4.1.3: Organisms and their Environments
Students show connections between living things, their basic needs and their environments.  

Contributors

Lesson Plan by Dorothy Tuthill

Graphics by Vittrio Capitan

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