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Embark on a journey with your students to answer the driving question: How can we design a solution to help Shanelle’s blueberries grow? This NGSS-aligned integrated storyline unit strives to help students explore the 2nd grade NGSS standards bundle Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS-4-1) and K-2 Engineering Design (K-2-ETS1-1). Students investigate why the blueberry plants on Shanelle’s farm are not producing fruit and create a model of what a blueberry plant needs in order to thrive. By studying what plants need, and the unique relationship between pollinators and flowering plants, students determine why the plants are not fruiting. The unit culminates with students creating a tool to help Shanelle pollinate her blueberry flowers so that they produce fruit.

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Grades: 2

Duration: 25+ Sessions (5-7 weeks)

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