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Meat, Beak, Feet…. and Seeds? – 2nd Grade

2nd Grade (2 of 2): “Meat, Beak, Feet… and Seeds?” – Raptors are powerful predators.  They can do everything a tiger can do… and they can fly!  But, raptors also fill a critical role in helping disperse seeds for plants through secondary seed dispersal.  Without birds, many plants would be in quite the pickle to get their seeds circulating around the landscape. This program goes beyond raptors to help students gain a deep appreciation for birds and what they do to keep our ecosystems running smoothly.  Live raptors, activities/games appropriate for a variety of learners, and FUN are a part of every TRC program.

NGSS: 2-LS2-1, 2, LS2-2

Cross Cutting Concepts:  (LS2-1) Events have causes that generate observable patterns. (LS2-2) The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

Disciplinary Core Ideas: (LS2-2) Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. (LS2-1) Plants depend on water and light to grow.

Practices of Science: Modeling, planning and carrying out investigations

Vocabulary: food, sunlight, survival, oxygen, photosynthesis, variable, disperse, pollen, reproduce, transfer, benefit, mutualism, predator 

Science Standards This Program Meets

2-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • Grade: 2nd Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
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2-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • Grade: 2nd Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
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About Teton Raptor Center

Teton Raptor Center is a non-profit organization located in Wilson, WY. Our work is focused around three pillars of research, rehabilitation, and education. Our education team is ready to deliver on just about any life science topic you could ask for! All programs are prepared and delivered for the grade, standards, and topics requested by the teacher. Program cost for us to travel to your school begins at $145 per program. Do NOT let cost be a reason not to inquire… we will work with you to help find funds for these awesome opportunities!

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Who Any student, any age - we recommend keeping group size small (i.e. - class rather than assembly) so that we can get to know each group and engage in hands-on activities.
What Life Science Lessons, K-5, using live raptors as the “hook”. We can adapt any of the programs listed here to a virtual platform!
When We are available year round - most flexible from October 1 - June 1
Where We can come to you! Programs are available anytime, virtually, indoors or outside. Call to inquire about our virtual and in-person opportunities! We will work to meet your needs and bring our fun experiential programs to you in the best and safest way possible.
Why Teton Raptor Center uses science every day. We are here to help students draw the connection between concepts and application. We bring the textbook to life. Our education team is ready to work directly with you to ensure our programs are meeting all of your expectations and needs. All STEAM subject areas are incorporated into our lessons.