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Farm Visits

Second Grade Unit: EXPLAIN



• Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents of the organism, but other characteristics result from an individual's interactions with the environment
• Animals closely resemble their parents.
• Discuss and observe how animals move, grow and change over time.


On this field trip, students observe domestic animals in their farm habitat. The animals are generally living with others of their kind - sometimes with their immediate family or others of their breed (such as other Dominique chickens). At some farms there are also other breeds of the same species (such as other types of chickens), and at most farms, there are other species (such as cows, horses, pigs and sheep).

If your class has hatched eggs for a specific farm this is your opportunity to deliver them to their new home. At the farm students compared the baby animals with the adults.

At the farm, zoo or museum, students and their teacher make observations, take notes, and seek the answer to questions the teacher poses about animal life cycles.


LifeCycles.pdf, Clip boards, pencils, science notebooks. Lunches, permission slips, waivers if needed.



1. On the way to the farm or just before leaving, discuss what students know about animal life cycles. You can create a KWL chart (Know, Want to Know, Learned) about what students already think they know, and what they would like to try and learn during their trip regarding the life cycles of farm animals.

Discuss how long things take for different species. Ask questions and make guesses. "How Long?": Do they know how long different species live, how long they are in the mom or inside the egg, how long before they can walk or get food for themselves, how long before they are adults and can have their own babies? There is a lot to learn about each animal.

The teacher can show the chart s/he hopes to complete during the visit. If students are writers, they might choose an animal to focus on, and complete that section of the chart themselves. Otherwise, the teacher can fill it in as they go through the barnyard.

2. Teacher leads a guided discussion about the life cycle of the animals on the farm. Use LifeCyclesKey.pdf as a guide, or take along an empty version to complete as you visit the animals.

3. Look carefully at the animals and if their parents are within sight, compare them with their parents. What traits do they have in common?

Navigating the Unit

2nd - 5 E Summary
2nd - Engage
2nd - Explore
2nd - Explain
2nd - Expand
2nd - Evaluate
2nd - Supplement
2nd - Embryology Project

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