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      History, Government, Economics, and Geography, Approved 2005
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Grade 2  
Environmental Education, Approved 1999  
2    Organisms and the Environment
     
  
Standard
   Benchmark
      Indicator
DescriptionLesson Plans Thinkfinity Resources
2 Learners demonstrate an understanding of the relationships and interactions between organisms and the environment.
   2.1 Learners investigate organisms and habitats.
      2.1.1 By the end of the fourth grade, the students: identify similarities and differences among a wide variety of living organisms. Example: Compare and contrast two animals (e.g., classroom pets such as a gerbil vs. rat) and two plants.
      2.1.2 classify or group plants and animals according to structures and basic needs (food, water, shelter, space, air, and sunlight). Example: Classify birds by foot type (e.g., webbed, clawed,taloned, etc.).
   2.2 Learners identify characteristics that help organisms live in their environment.
      2.2.1 By the end of the fourth grade, the students: compare and contrast offspring of both plants and animals with their parents. Example: Create a class garden where students can track a plant’s life cycle from beginning as a seed to becoming a seed producer. Observe animal cycles, e.g., butterflies, mealworms, frogs, etc.
      2.2.2 identify observable characteristics that help organisms survive. Example: Construct a plant box investigation to see how plants respond to changing light sources. Compare beaks of birds using simulated “beaks” to try and pick up various objects.
   2.3 Learners explore how organisms depend on one another and their environment.
      2.3.1 By the end of the fourth grade, the students: construct a simple food chain. Example: Students construct a simple food chain using string and pictures, e.g., oak tree to acorns to squirrels for food and shelter.


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