Second Grade Classroom Programs


The Asombro Institute can bring a bit of hands-on science and 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) 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.



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.



Desert Stories

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


Lesson 1 – Students learn that seed have different adaptations to disperse by listening to a reading of Flip, Float, Fly, then using adjectives students describe and categorize seeds by their dispersal methods. Students then 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 is 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 design their own seed using set parameters and then incorporate their seed into a proper environment.




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


2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.


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.