EbD-TEEMS™: Grade 2: NxtGen (P260E)
From Nature to Me engages young learners in hands-on inquiry and design as they explore biomimicry—one of the most important challenges of the twenty-first century—and learn how we can obtain from nature the tools necessary for scientific discovery. This Second Grade Building Block in the EbD-TEEMS Integrative-STEM Curricula for PreK–6 integrates concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the environmental context of learning about bees and researching why they seem to be disappearing. By utilizing an experiential approach, students collaboratively begin to explore how animals spread seeds and how their environment is then suitable for habitation. Following guided inquiry activities, a design challenge allows students to create a device that will travel on land or air to disperse seeds. Thus, they will be engineering the tools of scientific discovery.