Curriculum

How Do Plants and Animals Need Each Other?

This module is being field tested and will be available to purchase from spring 2020

How Do Plants and Animals Need Each Other?

How Do Plants and Animals Need Each Other? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 2 standards. It has a focus on life science, with a secondary focus on engineering. In this module, students:

  • Ask questions about how plants and animals interact
  • Investigate whether plants need light and water to grow
  • Obtain information from text and illustrations about plant structures
  • Design a hand pollinator based on bee structure and function
  • Model different ways seeds can travel and how animals can help
  • Analyze data about plant and animal ranges to identify patterns
  • Construct an argument, based on information from a map, about the best place for new plant in a schoolyard

Below are digital resources that support teaching this module.

Lesson 1: Places, Plants, and Animals

Ada Asks: Introduction
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This video introduces the module with photos of how plants and animals interact in different habitats.

Lesson 2: Test It Out

Radish Growth
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This video shows time-lapse footage of radish seedlings growing.

Taping Labels to Dishes
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This file shows students how to tape labels onto their petri dishes.

Lesson 4: Flower to Flower

Plenty of Pollinators
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This video shows different types of animals pollinating flowers.

Lesson 5: A Gardener’s Gadget

Ada Asks: A Gardener's Gadget
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This video introduces the problem of declining native pollinators and some reasons gardeners and farmers might want hand pollinators.

Design a Hand Pollinator
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This file provides the directions for designing a hand pollinator.

Lesson 6: Hitching a Ride

Traveling Plants
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This file shows photos of habitats with a wide variety of plants mixed together.

Mammals
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This video shows mammals with fur walking around their habitats.

Wind
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This video shows wind blowing.

Mystery Seeds A and B
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This file shows images of both types of mystery seeds.

Lesson 7: Home on the Range

Home on the Range
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This interactive allows students to explore where animals and plants live and where they overlap.

Lesson 9: Place That Plant!—Part 1

Science Challenge: Place That Plant!
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This file introduces the science challenge.

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