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2nd Grade

Bryan Osborn Nature Center (BONA) Insects and Plants Field Trip

Audience:  2nd Grade

FOSS Insects and Plants Summary

This module provides grade 2 students with life science core ideas dealing with structure and function of living things, growth and development of plants and animals, interactions of organisms with their environment, and biodiversity of organisms on land and in water.  Students build on the science concepts of growth and development of plants and animals from grades K - 1 by observing new organisms over time.  STudents see the life cycles of insects unfold in real time and compare the stages exhibited by each species to reveal patterns.  At the same time, students grow one type of plant from seed and observe it through its life cycle to produce new seeds.  They gain experience with the ways that plants and insecte interact in feeding relationships, seed dispersal, and pollination, and students develop models to communicate their understanding.


The BONA is an engineered ecosystem consisting of a number of model biological communities and is equipped with data gathering systems such as temperature and dissolved oxygen probes in aquatic habitats, multiple weather stations and wildlife cameras.  Students are able to access information remotely or they can experience and explore, first hand, the complexity of life and how organisms possess observable structures and behaviors aimed at survival, and where they can investigate a great variety of life cycles, reproduction and how species interact with one another and their environment as well as the geological processes.  At the BONA, teachers and their students will apply and expand upon what they have learned in their classroom in a natural setting.  The following four lessons are outdoor based investigations and activities designed to be natural extensions of the FOSS based curriculum that students are doing in their classrooms.  The FOSS activities are:  

  1. Mealworms

  2. Brassica Seeds

  3. Milkweed Bugs

  4. Silkworms and Butterflies

This field trip will have students tour the biological communities, identify plants and animals that live there.  Review life cycles of animals and plants.  They will review the main plant structures, conduct a seed hunt, describe and compare seed properties, and investigate seed dispersal mechanisms.  Students search for insects living on the ground and on plants, look for signs of plants being eaten by insects, examine insect mouth parts, and observe pollination.