2nd GRADE NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
2-PS1-1 Matter and Its interactions: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
2-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions: Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
2-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.
2-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions: Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
3 States of Matter by Makemegenius
Animated lesson on solids, liquids, and gases.
Learning Resources Safety Googles.
Learning Resources Classroom Liquid Measuring Set.
Learning Resources Jumbo Eye Droppers, Set of 6 with Stand.
Change It! Solids, Liquids, Gases and You by Adrienne Mason
Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Change It takes the physics of matter -- solids, liquids and gases -- and transforms it into an enjoyable and easy-to-understand first science book.
LS2: Ecosystmes: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
2-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
2-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
How Do Seeds Travel? by asaucebu
Animated video lesson on seed dispersal
Growing Food from Scraps. students will learn how to regrow a vegetable from a scrap, monitor its vertical growth and discuss the ecological importance of reducing food waste.
Activity to explore how water travels through leaves.
Learning Resources Cross-Section Flower Model, Classroom Foam Demonstration Model, Teaching Aids, 2 Piece Model, Grade 2+, Ages 7+.
Learning Resoures Sprout & Grow Window Gr K & Up.
Learning Resources Jumbo Tweezers.
Learning Resources Magnifying Glasses.
ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
2-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events
can occur quickly or slowly.
ESS2: Earth's Systems
2-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems: Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
2-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems: Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
2-ESS2-3 Earth’s Systems: Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Geosciences Industries 13357 Introductory Earth Science Classroom Rocks and Minerals Collection.
Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffon
Rhoda is on a long, long hike with her aunt and uncle, each of them carrying backpacks of gear as they walk through the north woods. While Auntie June and Uncle Jonah watch for wildlife and set up their campsites, Rhoda is on the hunt for one thing: ROCKS. She finds them in all shapes and patterns, from hearts and hats to stripes and sparkles.
ETS1: Engineering Design
K-2-ETS1-1 Engineering Design: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design: 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.
K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design: Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Bill Nye the Science Guy Simple Machines
Learning Resources Primary Bucket Balance Teaching Scale.
Crafty Connects STEM Building Toys Set.
Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
LS4: Biologial Evolution: Unity and Diversity
2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Students create a bats facts mini-book.
Food Chains Cards and Lesson Plan. A hands-on activity to help students find connections in the food chain.
Leaf Rubbings. Students go outside and select two leaves to make rubbings. Then, they compare and contrast their two leaves. Next, they compare the leaves to a model of the human circulatory system and answer some higher order thinking questions about how our bodies and leaves might be similar.
Virtal Field-Trip to the San Diego Zoo. Each of the live cameras at the San Diego Zoo are hyperlinked on the worksheet. Students can just click on each camera to view the animals and their habitat.
Here are the links to each animal camera:
Baboon Cam - https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/baboon-cam
Penguin Cam - https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/penguin-cam
Koala Cam - https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/koala-cam
Panda Cam - https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/panda-cam
Giraffe Cam - https://www.sdzsafaripark.org/giraffe-cam
Elephant Cam - https://www.sdzsafaripark.org/elephant-cam
Tiger Cam - https://www.sdzsafaripark.org/tiger-cam
Little Red Bat by Carole Berber
Red bats are the only bat species that can hibernate or migrate. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. Imaginative illustrations by Christina Wald give little red bat charm and personality, and children will be wondering what will happen next. Will the little red bat stay put or migrate south for safety and warmth? The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity. Additional teaching activities and interactive quizzes are available at the Sylvan Dell Publishing website.
2nd GRADE SCIENCE WEBSITES
Video demonstrations and at home activity guides, materials and steps, discussion questions, and scientific examples.
Science fair project ideas
Step-by-step instructions, scientific expalnations, and images and videos for guidance.
I found Generation Genius to be a great resource. I really liked that the website allows the user to find lessons based on the standards for the different grade levels. These different lessons provide learning videos, discussion questions, vocabulary, reading materials, DIY activity guides, lesson plans, teacher guide, and assessments such as online quiz games, paper quizzes, and exit tickets. The site is very user friendly and offers a wealth of information on the different Science topics. The videos are really fun and would be good to use at the engage section of a lesson. The discussion questions the website provides also serves as a way to engage students, to tap into background knowledge, and prepare them for the lesson. The reading material was also great to use to teach new information to students. The reading material on the website also included lots of photos and had a read out loud feature perfect to meet the needs of all students. The DIY activities are also very easy to follow and provide a video to explain the activity that the teacher and students can watch. The different activities I looked through were all very hands-on and engaging. The lesson plans also explain how they correlate with the different Next Generation Science Standards and break them down into the 5 E’s of engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. The Teacher Guide section is also really helpful because it addresses common misconceptions and tips for teachers. I also really like the variety of assessments the different lessons have. The online quiz games are a fun way to assess students utilizing technology. For the online quiz games, they can be played as a group or individually. There were also online flashcards with photos that can be used to help students learn concepts and build scientific vocabulary. The paper quizzes could also be used as review or homework for students. The Exit tickets are also a great tool, that allow students to reflect on what they have learned. This website is a great resource that would help teachers and greatly benefit students.
A great online resource that allows students and teachers to explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools.
Website has episodes of Bill Nye and demos for different types of science categories.
Aligns with NGSS and it meets the 5E expectations. This resource incorporates classroom experiments along with guided video explanations.
A database that uses external links from science museums, public television, universities, and other educational organizations.
Offers experiments, games, facts, quizzes, projects, lessons, images, videos, and different topics about science, math, and english. It offers lessons for earth, animals, technology, water, biology, chemistry, and space.
Offers various resources and games.
Hidden VillaOnline learning video resources.
Experiments, quizzes, games, and kid friendly facts that cover the information described in the NGSS.
Projects, videos, and more. Activities fit with NGSS and 5E expectations.
Lesson planning tools and resources that fit with the NGSS. You can search tools and resources by NGSS and common core standards.
Online interactive Science games for students.