Schoolyard Habitat PBL

2nd Grade

Driving Question: How can we make the habitat better so that animals can live on our school campus?

Standards/Content:

  • 2.3.1  Observe closely over a period of time and then record in pictures and words the changes in animals throughout their life cycle including details of their body plan, structure and timing of growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 2.3.2  Compare and contrast details of body plans and structures within the life cycles of animals.
  • 2.3.1  Observe closely over a period of time and then record in pictures and words the changes in plants throughout their life cycle including details of their body plan, structure and timing of growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 2.3.2  Compare and contrast details of body plans and structures within the life cycles of plants.

21st Century Skill: Collaboration and Creativity

Project Overview: Inquiry/Need to Know: From the PBLU.org projects. Paraphrased: “Just outside the school doors, students can see or find evidence of living creatures. All of these organisms, from the tiniest ant to the largest elk, need healthy habitat: food, water, shelter, space and the proper arrangement of these components. Through the Schoolyard Habitat Project, students have an opportunity to positively impact their local environment by meeting a challenge to improve the habitat for wildlife on the school campus. Students will research, design and implement a plan to enhance or create insect habitat, provide nesting sites for birds, plant native plants or even remove weeds and invasive plants from the school grounds. Habitat improvement efforts do not require elaborate designs with expensive price tags; simple, low or no-cost, student-led ideas can provide meaningful, tangible results for the students. Students will present their designs and plans to stakeholders in the school and grounds.” – http://www.pblu.org/projects/schoolyard-habitat-project

Authentic Audience: Stakeholders, in the school grounds, act as judges to oversee the designs and implementation of habitat improvements.

Ending Result: Students will design and plan for a habitat improvement. Students showcase these designs to be judged.

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Judges: principals, superintendent, school board member, head of maintenance, and parks and rec employee.

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