Brassica Plant Observation

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Second Grade, Unit 1, Cornerstone 1, Lessons
I am a Botanist! Planting a Seed!
Cornerstone Summary
Second graders will be a Brassica plant investigator, or botanist. This will also provide students with a deeper look into the plant kingdom. Students will care for plants to see what they need to grow and develop. They will observe, investigate and discover what plants need to propagate and grow. Throughout this Cornerstone they will be their very own Brassica investigator by planting, observing and taking care of their own Brassica plant. They will record their work in a Plant Observation Journal. Teachers will need to help students understand the necessity of proper care for their plants in order for them to survive and grow. They will need to learn the vocabulary a botanist would use to write observations.

Note: This Cornerstone supports cross-disciplinary study with the Grade 2 Science Cornerstone, The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators. This ELA Cornerstone builds plant-related vocabulary and helps students understand the life cycle of plants. The Best of Bugs expands on the part of the life cycle related to seed dispersal and pollination and develops concepts of interdependence on plants and animals.

In this activity, students will begin the process of planting and nurturing their very own brassica plant (i.e., mustard seeds). It will focus on the introduction of plants, where they live, and how they grow and reproduce. Students will record their findings in a Plant Observation Journal. Standards

RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Speaking and Listening
SL.2.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

W.2.8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

L.2.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.2.4 (e): Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.
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