Science - 2nd Grade Lesson Plans

Second Grade Science Lesson Plans

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Science -2nd Grade Lesson Plans

Time4Learning is an online student-paced learning system covering preschool through middle school. It is popular as a second grade homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment, for remediation, and for summer study.

The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the second grade science curriculum, which is enhanced with material from Science4Us, a comprehensive, digital science program. Additional resources related to second grade science are also provided below.

Students enrolled in second grade science will have access to both first and third grade science lessons as part of their membership, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.

If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we'd suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos. Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder, or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

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2nd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 8
Book Chapter
Inquiry Science Skills Science Tools Review: The tools module reviews with students the tools scientists use for both qualitative and quantitative observations. Students review how to use tools such as their 5 senses, rulers, and balance scales through hands-on activities.
Physical Science Matter Changes in Matter: Students further explore concepts from previous activities, and look at how matter may be modified or changed. Through an instructional video, games, and activities, students explore three types of change matter makes: physical change, in which only the shape of the matter changes; physical phase change in which matter changes to a different form — solid, liquid, or gas; and chemical change, in which matter is changed in a way that cannot be undone, for example, fruits ripening or foods cooking.
Energy Electrical Energy: Students today have a lot of experience with electrical energy. They will explore the types of things electrical energy does.
Heat Energy: Students explore heat energy and how it’s felt. Students use their hands to build friction and make heat energy. In the Larry in his Laboratory activity, students learn about conduction and radiation with an animated host and live-video examples.
Force & Motion Motion: Sometimes it feels as if our young students are in constant motion, and motion certainly fascinates children. Students will study, describe, and learn to measure motion. Students will learn that motion can be measured in terms of distance and in terms of time. Interactive activities and games allow students to compare and make these measurements of motion. The Take a Note activity allows students to connect to mathematics content as they compare and order several measurements of distance.
Life Science Balance in Nature Food Webs: Food Webs explores the links between living things and their energy sources. Food Webs shows how food chains are built linking the sun, plants, and animals as energy sources and/or users.
Habitats: Students learn about the needs of living things. As they consider different habitats, from farm to tundra and grasslands, students begin to understand the importance of both living and nonliving things in a habitat. Students learn about many different habitats and how animals and plants have adapted in order to thrive where they live.
Earth/Space Science Space Earth in Space: Students will begin to understand Earth’s place in space by thinking about cycles and patterns. As students learn about and reproduce the cycles of the moon and the seasons, they broaden their understanding of the Earth’s rotation and the moon’s orbit around the Earth. Reinforcing these concepts as well as student’s math skills, students perform a number of pattern-building activities. In offline learning activities, students do some kinesthetic learning by performing a spinning and orbiting dance.

2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans
Total Activities: 21

non-scored activity Non-Scored scored activity Scored worksheet Worksheet answer key Answer Key quiz Quiz
Chapter 1: "Patterns in Nature"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Steps in Life Cycle: Identify a cycle as a process with no beginning or end. Briefly explain the steps in the life cycle: birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Life Cycles nonscored 20029 alertanswerkey
Families and Life Cycles nonscored 20030 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Steps in Life Cycle quiz
Food Chain: Identify and describe a food chain. Label a chart that illustrates a simple food chain. I'm Hungry! nonscored 20031 alertanswerkey
Food Chain nonscored 20032 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Food Chain quiz
Basic Needs of Animals: Identify the basic needs of animals, including shelter and living space. Basic Needs of Animals nonscored 20128
Pond Habitat: Identify plants and animals found in a pond habitat. Describe the food chain of a pond. Let's Take a Swim! nonscored 20033 alertanswerkey
Ponds nonscored 20034 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Pond Habitat quiz
Wetland Habitat: Identify characteristics of a wetland habitat, plants and animals found in a wetland habitat, and examples of adaptations. Wetlands: Plants & Animals nonscored 20125
Wetlands nonscored 20136
Ocean Habitat: Identify characteristics of an ocean habitat, plants and animals found in an ocean habitat, and examples of adaptations. What Lives in the Ocean? nonscored 20124

Chapter 2: "Force and Motion"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Magnetism: Describe magnetism as a force you cannot see that acts upon objects. Know that most magnets contain iron. Describe the law of magnetic attraction, and know that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. Know that magnets can be used to push and pull objects. Magnets nonscored 20035 alertanswerkey
Magnets & Poles nonscored 20036 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Magnetism quiz

Chapter 3: "Earth and Space"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Moon and Earth: Know that the Moon moves around the Earth, the Earth moves around the Sun, and the Moon is only visible when it reflects the Sun's light. Describe the relationship of the Earth''s rotation to a 24-hour day. Sun, Earth, & Moon nonscored 20037 alertanswerkey
Voyage to the Earth, Moon, & Sun nonscored 20038 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Moon and Earth quiz
Objects in the Sky: Identify objects seen in the sky, including clouds, the Sun, stars, the Moon, etc. Know that stars and planets are always in the sky, even in the daytime. What's in the Sky? 20053
Lesson Quiz: Objects in the Sky quiz

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