In Unit 2, after students have gained sufficient background knowledge about plants, they are once again invited to wonder how we get the fruits, vegetables, and flowers we enjoy. This provocation invites students to learn about pollinators' role in pollination. Students engage in a variety of experiences as they answer the unit guiding question, "How do pollinators help plants grow and survive?" They learn about the different ways plants get pollinated, with a specific focus on how animal pollinators help pollinate plants. In the first part of the unit, students continue to build their research skills by conducting whole group and small group researching using the text What Is Pollination?
During whole group research, students learn about bees to answer the research question, "How do bees help plants grow and survive?" Students then conduct small group research on different kinds of insect pollinators using a similar research question. Throughout the unit, students work on creating models to explain their ideas, primarily in the form of scientific drawings. Students' learning culminates in the Unit 2 Assessment: an informative writing piece in which students explain how pollinators help plants through the process of pollination (W.2.2, W.2.5, W.2.7, W.2.8, L.2.2, L.2.6).