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Lesson Plan: Migration (Science - Grade 2)

Subject:  Science

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To learn about why animals migrate and then answer questions about them

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • Why do you think animals migrate?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are many different reasons that animals migrate.  Some animals migrate to find food or water, some animals migrate to get away from very hot or very cold weather and some animals migrate to have babies.
  • There are many different types of animals that migrate.  Different types of fish, birds, insects and mammals migrate.
  • Are there any animals that live around here that migrate?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • There are different birds and insects that migrate through and from areas of the United States.
  • Some animals do migrate very far.  There are insects and frogs that migrate a short distance.  There are other animals, birds and insects that migrate thousands of miles.
  • We have talked a little about why animals migrate, but you are going to be reading more about migration.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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