VISITING THE EARL BURNS MILLER JAPANESE
Lesson Ideas for Grade 2
In order to reinforce your students' learning
experiences at the Garden, we have created several lessons that
you might consider completing before your visit. By connecting the
Garden field trip to your curriculum, you can use the excitement
and interest of the students' experiences to make concepts more
relevant and provide strong support for your classroom instruction.
These activities are closely aligned with the Science Content Standards
for California Public Schools, as noted below.
Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. As a basis for
understanding this concept:
- Students know that organisms reproduce offspring of their own
kind and that the offspring resemble their parents and one another.
- Students know the sequential stages of the life cycles are different
for different animals, such as butterflies, frogs, and mice.
- Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited
from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced
by the environment.
- Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind
within a population.
Investigation and Experimentation
Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and
conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding
this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands,
students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.
- Make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guessing.
- Compare and sort common objects according to two or more physical
attributes (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, weight).
- Write or draw descriptions of a sequence of steps, events, and
- Construct bar graphs to record data, using appropriately labeled
- Follow oral instructions for a scientific investigation.
Level 2, Unit 3: Look Again
When planning your field trip, we recommend that you think carefully
about what you will do before, during and after your visit. Ask
- What can I do to prepare students for the experience before
- What will we do while we are there? What do I want students
- What can I do after the visit to reinforce student learning?
The activities described here provide
ideas for each of these parts.