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Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others: The Secret World of Pollination

Each module is approximately 6-8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Week 1-2 Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Learning about Plants

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 1

  • Building background knowledge and an interest in the topic of plants
  • Introducing concept of what researchers do in their daily work
  • Focused reading of Seed to Plant (National Geographic) to explore features of informational text
  • Using the Frayer model as a concept map for plants and seeds
  • Exploring compound words through the "Plants around the World" poem
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, L.2.4d


Week 2

  • Using the Frayer model as a concept map for flowers and fruits
  • Exploring compound words through the "Plants around the World" poem
  • Completing the Unit 1 Reading Assessment using the text Seed to Plant (National Geographic)
  • Exploring the use of models by creating a model of a flower's parts
  • Introducing the concept of seed dispersal
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, L.2.4d

Unit 1 Assessment: Responding to Text: Thinking about Illustrations and Speaking (RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, L.2.4e)

Weeks 3-5 Unit 2: Building Research Skills: Researching Pollinators

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 3

  • Building background knowledge about pollination
  • Exploring text features and context clues in What Is Pollination?
  • Close reading and research reading of What Is Pollination?
  • Conducting whole group research of bees
  • Creating scientific drawings of bees
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, W.2.7, SL.2.2, L.2.4, L.2.4a

Week 4

  • Using the "It's Pollination Time!" song to explore adjectives and adverbs
  • Continuing whole group research with close viewing protocol of bee images
  • Creating scientific drawings of bees
  • Organizing bee research information
  • Conducting small group research on various insect pollinators
  • Science Talk
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, W.2.7, SL.2.1, SL.2.2, SL.2.3, L.2.1, L.2.1e

Week 5

  • Analyzing a model of informational writing
  • Completing independent and shared writing of informational text about bees
  • Completing independent writing of an informational paragraph about a pollinator
  • Revising and editing to include adjectives in an informational paragraph
  • Sharing writing with others at a celebration
  • W.2.2, W.2.5, SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, SL.2.1c, L.2.2

Unit 2 Assessment: Informational Writing: How Pollinators Help Plants (W.2.2, W.2.5, W.2.7, W.2.8, L.2.2, L.2.6)

Weeks 6-8 Unit 3: Speaking and Listening: Sharing Our Research about the Secret Life of Pollinators

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 6

  • Building background knowledge about specific fruits, flowers, and vegetables that pollinators help through pollination
  • Preparing oral presentation notecards to describe how a pollinator helps with the pollination process of a specific fruit, flower, or vegetable
  • Creating scientific drawings and captions for the Performance Task Poster
  • Using the Capture the Caption game to produce, expand, and rearrange sentences
  • Giving and receiving peer feedback

RI.2.1, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, W.2.5, W.2.7, SL.2.1, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, L.2.1f, L.2.1e

Week 7

  • Completing scientific drawings and captions and assembling the Performance Task Poster
  • Building criteria for an exemplary oral presentation
  • Rehearsing the oral presentation
  • Giving and receiving feedback on criteria for oral presentation
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, W.2.5, W.2.7, SL.2.1, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, L.2.1f, L.2.1e

Week 8

  • Rehearsing the oral presentation (Unit 3 Assessment)
  • Giving and receiving feedback on criteria for the oral presentation
  • Performance Task and Celebration of Learning
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, W.2.5, W.2.7, SL.2.1, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, L.2.1f, L.2.1e
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Speaking and Listening: Oral Presentations (SL.2.4)
  • Performance Task Poster and Oral Presentation: The Secret World of Plants and Pollinators (SL.2.4)

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