In Unit 2, after students have gained sufficient background knowledge about living things and their needs, they are invited to wonder how different living things depend on trees to meet their needs. This provocation invites students to learn about the importance of trees as food for people and animals. Students engage in a variety of experiences as they answer the unit guiding question, “How do living things depend on trees to meet their needs?” and learn about different parts of trees that are food for people and a variety of animals.
In the first part of the unit, students continue to build their skills as researchers through whole group shared research as they answer the research question, “How do people depend on trees to meet their needs?” Students participate in research by reading a section of the text Be a Friend to Trees, creating class notes, and contributing to shared writing about the information they gather.
After completing whole group research, students use a similarly structured section of the same text, Be a Friend to Trees, to answer the research question, “How do animals depend on trees to meet their needs?” Students engage in small group research on different animals that get food from trees and organize their researched information into shared notes, followed by the creation of more specific, individual notes. Students’ learning and research will culminate in the Unit 2 Assessment: an informational research writing piece in which students explain how different animals depend on trees to meet their need for food. (W.K.2, W.K.7, W.K.8)