Second-grade science units include “Liquids”, developed by Educational Development Center, Inc. (EDC), “Soils”, developed by the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) and Animal Life Cycles: “Mealworms and Butterflies”.
We also try to add the life cycle of the silk worm. These units are
explored through hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Skills introduced and
practiced include observation, exploration, data collecting, comparing,
organizing, questioning, problem solving, interpreting and analyzing
data, and communicating orally and in writing. Drawing and labeling
skills will be introduced to prepare students for more descriptive
journal writing. Opportunities for working as a member of a small
learning group with assigned tasks will be modeled and practiced.
Science homework will be assigned one time per week when needed. The
Science Department has been piloting end-of-unit assessments to follow
K-5 science learning. This assessment is meant to provide information
about the students’ learning and will inform the teacher and guide the