Grade 2 – Blame it on the Rain

Dear Teacher,

The following standards are gathered from Common Core for English and Math and the Tennessee Curriculum standards for Science and Social Studies.   The ultimate goal of these units is to extend your curriculum and provide an interactive experience at our community’s Greenway Table garden.  Please utilize these ideas in any way that suits your classroom needs.  Feel free to contribute what works from your lesson plans to help improve this teacher resource.  We hope this helps you prepare students for an informative and fun garden experience!

TN Science Standards Covered:  Standard 10 – Energy

 Conceptual Strand 10

Various forms of energy are constantly being transformed into other types without any net loss of energy from the system.

 Guiding Question 10

What basic energy related ideas are essential for understanding the dependency of the natural and man-made worlds on energy?

 Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0207.10.1           Explain why the sun is the primary source of the earth’s energy.

 Checks for Understanding

ü0207.10.1                 Identify and explain how the sun affects objects on the surface of the earth.

ü0207.10.2 I              Investigate how the sun affects various objects and materials.


Common Core Math Standards Covered:  Represent and interpret data.

2.MD.10. Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1 using information presented in a bar graph.


TN Social Studies Standards Covered:

2.3.02 Recognize the interaction between human and physical systems around the world.

a. Analyze how individuals and populations depend upon land resources.

b. Describe the importance of physical geographic features on defining


c. Understand the earth-sun relationship such as the varying length of day.

d. Understand the rudimentary elements to the hydrologic cycle.

e. List earth’s natural resources such as minerals, air, water, and land.


Common Core Language Arts Standards Covered – Writing

Texts Types and Purposes

W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.