Grade 2 Science
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.
Explore the following documents to find a summary of key ideas and vocabulary for each unit and lesson:
- Quarter 1 – Earth Science – Soil and Erosion
- Quarter 2 – Space Science – Earth’s Moon
- Quarter 3 – Physical Science – Interactions
- Quarter 4 – Life Science – Butterflies
Learn how to help your child with science at home.
Student Friendly Interactive Web Sites
- NASA Kids’ Club – Fun activities, a teacher’s corner and lots of cool information.
- Hubble Space Telescope Photos – View photos.