In 2nd grade, students have adjusted to the more rigorous learning environment they initially encountered in 1st grade and are able to further deepen and expand their skills and knowledge. In 2nd grade, they become more experienced writers, readers, and mathematicians as they practice these skills more and in more complex and comprehensive ways. They read longer and more complicated books, they write longer and more complex pieces, and they learn more of the concepts underlying the math they do. In addition, 2nd graders begin to develop their research and critical thinking projects as they create individual and group work to share and present what they learn through different forms, including writing, speaking, and art. - Scholastic
2nd Grade Domains:
CC.2.CC: Counting & Cardinality
CC.2.OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
CC.2.NBT: Number and Operation in Base Ten
CC.2.MD: Measurement and Data
2nd Grade Mathematical Practices:
CC.2 - 12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
CC.2 - 12.MP.2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively
CC.2 - 12.MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others
CC.2 - 12.MP.4: Model with mathematics
CC.2 - 12.MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically
CC.2 - 12.MP.6: Attend to precision
CC.2 - 12.MP.7: Look for and make use of structure
CC.2 - 12.MP.8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
The Solids and Liquids Module provides grade 2 students with physical sciences core ideas dealing with matter and its interactions and engineering design. The anchor phenomenon for this module is matter in two of its phases—solid and liquid. The guiding questions for the module are how are solid and liquid materials similar and different? and how do the properties of solid and liquid materials relate to how they can be used and how they can change?
Students build on the science concepts of matter and its interactions developed in kindergarten using new tools to enrich observations. Students observe, describe, and compare properties of solids and liquids. They conduct investigations to find out what happens when solids and water are mixed and when liquids and water are mixed. They use their knowledge of solids and liquids to conduct an investigation on an unknown material (toothpaste). They gain firsthand experience with reversible changes caused by heating or cooling, and read about changes caused by heating that are irreversible.
In the Pebbles, Sand and Silt Module students engage with the anchor phenomenon of earth materials that cover the planet’s surface. They observe the properties of rocks of various sizes and study the components of soil, study the results of weathering and erosion, locate natural sources of water, and determine how to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water on Earth. The guiding questions are what are the properties of earth materials? and how do they interact and change?
Students use simple tools to observe, describe, analyze, and sort solid earth materials and learn how the properties of the materials are suited to different purposes. The investigations compliment the students’ experiences in the Solids and Liquids Module with a focus on earth materials and the influence of engineering and science on society and the natural world. Students explore how wind and water change the shape of the land and compare ways to slow the process of erosion. Students learn about the important role that earth materials have as natural resources.
The Life Science Module has students studying the life cycle of Butterflies.
Engineering & Technology