Second Grade Classroom Programs


The Asombro Institute can bring hands-on science and a bit of the desert to your classroom. All programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about science through hands-on activities. Each program is aligned with the New Mexico STEM Ready! science standards (including the Next Generation Science Standards) and Common Core mathematics and English Language Art standards, where appropriate. Please call the Asombro Institute office (575-524-3334) or email to schedule your classroom presentations.


  • Where: In your classroom
  • Cost*: $60 for first presentation; $30 for additional, same-day presentations (additional travel charges may apply for schools outside Las Cruces, NM – $25 + 45 cents per mile)
  • Maximum Group Size: 1 class per presentation (exceptions on an individual basis)
  • Length: Approximately one hour per presentation (some lessons are multi-day)


Asombro provides programming in all four science disciplines in the NGSS curriculum: life science; physical science; earth & space science; and engineering, technology, & applications of science. Please scroll down to see our specific program offerings. A brief description of the program and applicable science standards are listed for each lesson. Click the science standard to read more on the Next Generation Science Standards website.

*The regular cost of classroom programs is $100 per lesson. However, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer a reduced price of $60 for the first lesson and $30 for each additional, same-day program.



Schoolyard Habitats and Animal Diversity

Many arthropods (an organism that has an exoskeleton and jointed legs such as insects and arachnids) are found around the schoolyard. Students will use pitfall traps, a simple tools to collect ground insects and spiders, to investigate types of ground arthropods in two different habitats in the schoolyard and from one habitat in the open desert at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. They will use this information to make predictions about animals and plants.




2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.


Click here for a standards sheet with both science and common core standards.



Desert Stories: Seed Dispersal

Desert Stories consists of three, hour-long lessons delivered by staff from the Asombro Institute for Science Education in your classroom.


Lesson 1 – Students listen to a reading of Flip, Float, Fly to learn that seeds have different adaptations to help them disperse. They then use adjectives to describe and categorize seeds by their dispersal methods. Finally, students conduct an experiment to determine if animals are a good way to disperse seeds.


Lesson 2 – Students act out a skit by being yucca seeds dispersing to determine if there are enough natural resources for survival. Then students conduct an experiment to see if a yucca seed or a honey mesquite seed is better shaped for wind dispersal.


Lesson 3 – Students listen to Gopher to the Rescue: A Volcano Recovery Story. They then put their knowledge from lessons 1 and 2 into practice as they design their own seed with structures that will help it disperse to an area cleared by a volcano.




2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.


K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


Click here for a standards sheet with both science and common core standards.


Desert Stories Preview

Take a look at what students experience during our fun and interactive Desert Stories lessons and learn more about the Asombro Institute for Science Education in this video.