This week we began our first 2nd Grade Science Unit. We will spend lots of time exploring the Y.E.S. Garden throughout this first unit, as we learn about biodiversity and species relationships, right in our own backyard!
We began this unit with a discussion around the two questions, "What is Science?" and "What is a Scientist?". After reading the book, What is Science?, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, we concluded that science can be the study of plants, animals, the weather, and chemistry, among many others things, but most of all, science is about being curious and learning from our curiosities.
We then began to focus on all the different types of scientists there are in the world. I shared a PowerPoint with the kids to highlight the numerous opportunities that exist within this field. The kids chose the scientist that interested them most (zoologist, doctor, botanist, marine biologist, etc.) to illustrate and write about in their first Science Notebook entry. Wow! Do we have a classroom full of curious scientists!
This afternoon, the children had an opportunity to become budding botanists, as they observed sunflowers from our garden. I used this as an opportunity to discuss what it means to be an "Artist-Scientist". We discussed that "Artist-Scientists" slow down their eyes to be sure to include all the important details in their sketch. I was thrilled to see the incredible details the kids included in their Science Notebooks, and especially excited to see them "push their thinking" by adding labels and sentences to describe what they observed. The kids should be extremely proud of their wonderful work!