Second Grade Earth and Space Explorers

Research Question: How does weather and space affect life on Earth?

Students in second grade research how weather and space affect life on Earth. With the help of their community partners, this past year students planted beans, mushrooms, and tulips at different phases of the moon and charted their growth. They analyzed the data to see if there was a correlation between the growth and the phases of the moon. They used this data to create a Planting with the Moon calendar as a civic contribution for the community. Future work will include observing how humidity and phases of the moon change the behavior of earthworms. Second grade students are developing a deeper understanding of how space interacts with earth and how earth is affected by the force of space.

 

Our Timeline of Accomplishments:

  • Students noticed increased/decreased plant growth at different times.
  • Students began keeping data based on their observations.
  • Students carried out studies in which they grew certain plants and charted their growth over time.

Partners: 

Second grade work happens with the support of professors at Dalton State College.

  • We partner with Dalton State College. Their experts teach our students about the Earth, space, and our universe. In addition, we are beginning to investigate climate change with our partners.

Civic Contributions to our Community:

Our Earth and Space Explorers love to share their knowledge regarding how weather and space affect our lives on Earth.

  • Students created a calendar, much like a Farmer’s Almanac, to link the growth of various plants during the different phases of the moon. This was shared with the school and community.

Below is under construction:

Integration of Core Curriculum with Research:

Literacy

Students do research about the health benefits of the different vegetables we grow and the amount of sugar in different food items. Students take that information and write informational and persuasive essays about their findings.

 

Math

As Food Detectives, we incorporate many math standards in our project. At the beginning of the year, the students collect data from food wasted in the cafeteria by third graders and interpret their findings of what foods were consumed the most and the foods that were wasted especially the vegetables. We use real-word experiences from our project when solving addition and subtraction word problems. We measure the growth of the vegetable that we have selected for our project using nonstandard units and we record their growth throughout the year. Students use different fractions to aid in the measurement of ingredients in new recipes to be incorporated in school lunches as well as for our smoothies that they help prepare for our school and for the community.

 Our Little Stories Of Effect On Students’ Lives:

 

 

 

 

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