2nd Grade Science 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.

Science4Us.com – 2nd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 8

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.

 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.
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.
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.

 Space

 Earth

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.

Science Lesson Plan – 2nd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 21
Identify a cycle as a process with no beginning or end. Briefly explain the steps in the life cycle: birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
Identify and describe a food chain. Label a chart that illustrates a simple food chain.
Identify the basic needs of animals, including shelter and living space.
Identify plants and animals found in a pond habitat. Describe the food chain of a pond.
Identify characteristics of a wetland habitat, plants and animals found in a wetland habitat, and examples of adaptations.
Identify characteristics of an ocean habitat, plants and animals found in an ocean habitat, and examples of adaptations.
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.
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.
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.

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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