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Ingredients of Life Scavenger Hunt

Grade: 2-3

Subject Integrated: Science

In this lesson, the student will explore their homes to find products that contain the essentials ingredients of life.

Students will be able to give examples of what is necessary for life found in products in and around their homes.


Learning Activities:

    a) Instructional Materials and Resources
    • Worksheets
    • Examples of each necessity: water, sugar, nitrogen, carbon, proteins

    b) Procedure
    • Class sits at carpet, waiting for brainstorming stimulus from teacher.
    • Teacher explains what we need to live everyday on Earth: shelter, food, water, clothes.
    • Teacher explains for life on other planets other things are needed as well: water, sugar, nitrogen, carbon, protein.
    • Teacher shows the students these items as everyday products.
    • The worksheets are handed out to the students – they are required to complete
      this at home with the aid of a parent.
    • The students are to find two items that contain one of the ingredients for life.
    • The following day, students share different items they found which contain the ingredients for life.

    c) Instructional Groups
    • Lesson will be taught to the class as a whole.
    • Teacher will assist students at recess or at after school program for students who do not receive parental assistance at home.

    d) Discussion
    • What do humans need to survive?
    • What is carbon? What has carbon?
    • Where can you find water?
    • What foods have sugar?
    • What is a protein? Where can you find them?
    • What is nitrogen? Where can you find some?
    • Are there any questions?

    e) Assessment
    • Formative assessment will be used as students brainstorm initially.
    • Teacher will take notes on students with trouble with the skills for further assistance.
    • The teacher will assess the students’ based on their completion of the assignment and participation in the discussion.
    • Stickers can be placed on worksheet when completed.


    a) Ending the Lesson
    • Have students put the worksheets in their mailboxes to take home.
    • The next day students will share the different items they discovered.

    b) Evaluating and Reflection of the Lesson
    • Evaluation of lesson will be done by thorough formative assessment.
    • Teacher will observe to see make sure each student understands the concept introduced in the lesson.
    • Teacher will make sure all requirements and guidelines are met by giving specific instructions to students who struggle with the skills.
    • Teacher will self-critique on what worked well and what did not work well in the lesson.


  • NGSS: 2-LS4-1. (strong fit) Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • NGSS: 3-LS4-3. (supportive fit) Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Teacher References:

The content was developed at Albion College by Professor Nicolle Zellner (Albion College Department of Physics) and Victoria Della Pia (Albion Elementary School), with educational oversight by Melissa Mercer-Tachick (Muse Consulting). To develop these lesson plans and assessments, Victoria Della Pia was supported by a grant from the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity at Albion College.