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Plants and Animals!

June 1, 2021 | Rebekah Lowe

Second graders began their final science unit on plants and animals.  The units starts out with students thinking about the differences between a seed and an egg.  Then, students were given a mystery object, which was either a seed or an egg.  We placed the mystery object into fresh water and salt water to see what would happen over the next few days.  Would it grow into a plant or an animal?  Three days later, we saw something small moving around.  It was brine shrimp!  The mystery objects were eggs!

Later on, students observed different plants, such as peas, grass, clover, and bean seeds.  We measured their growth over time.  We looked at fava beans and got to see the seed coat and break it open to see the different parts.



Recently, students have been looking at different organisms and insects.  We explored and observed daphnia (water fleas), damselfly nymphs, aphids, ladybugs, and fruit flies.  We have been labeling the different body parts of these insects as well as comparing similarities and differences amongst them.

Second graders have also been talking about predators and prey.  A predator is the animal that hunts.  The prey is the animal that is hunted and eaten.  The damselfly nymphs eat the daphnia, and the ladybug eats the aphids.  Because of this relationship, the population of these organisms will decrease when the predator is present.


Everyone has been enjoying watching these organism grow and move around in the classroom!  Ask your child what they have been enjoying so far!

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grades 2&3

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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