Mississippi College & Career Readiness Standards
MS.L.2. GRADE TWO: Life Science
L.2.1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the classification of animals based on physical characteristics.
L.2.1.2. Classify vertebrates (mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles) based on their physical characteristics.
L.2.1.3. Compare and contrast physical characteristics that distinguish classes of vertebrates (i.e., reptiles compared to amphibians).
Reproduction and Heredity
L.2.2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how living things change in form as they go through the general stages of a life cycle.
L.2.2.1. Use observations through informational texts and other media to observe the different stages of the life cycle of trees (i.e., pines, oaks) to construct explanations and compare how trees change and grow over time.
Ecology and Interdependence
L.2.3B. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of living things.
L.2.3B.1. Evaluate and communicate findings from informational text or other media to describe and to compare how animals interact with other animals and plants in the environment (i.e., predator-prey relationships, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore).
L.2.3B.2. Conduct an investigation to find evidence where plants and animals compete or cooperate with other plants and animals for food or space. Present findings (i.e., using technology or models).
Adaptations and Diversity
L.2.4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways animals adapt to their environment in order to survive.
L.2.4.1. Evaluate and communicate findings from informational text or other media to describe how plants and animals use adaptations to survive (e.g., ducks use webbed feet to swim in lakes and ponds, cacti have waxy coatings and spines to grow in the desert) in distinct environments (e.g., polar lands, saltwater and freshwater, desert, rainforest, woodlands).