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Grade 2 Science

Grade-level Overview

Students in second grade use the skills and processes of science to Observe and describe the varying locations and physical appearance of the Moon throughout a month; compare local land features; describe local soil characteristics and identify causes, effects, and preventions of soil erosion; describe and compare physical interactions of matter; compare the characteristics and basic needs of a butterfly throughout its life cycle.

Science Units at a Glance

Students will develop their skills in the practices of science and engineering. Each year, students will apply these skills and habits of mind through hands-on investigations at school and home, as well as through outdoor field experiences, in order to develop a better understanding of the science and engineering concepts being taught.

These practices, as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, include:

  • Ask questions (for science) and define problems (for engineering).
  • Develop and use models.
  • Plan and carry out investigations.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Use mathematical thinking.
  • Construct explanations (for science) and design solutions (for engineering).
  • Engage in argument (discussion of opinion) based on evidence.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.

Read more about Grade 2 curriculum objectives and goals.

Unit Content

Explore the following documents to find a summary of key ideas and vocabulary for each unit and lesson:

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