First and Second Grade

Here are the science units we will be learning about this year along with a few of the activities we will participate in to build our understandings! You can also view the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations to see an overview of what your child will be learning!  

Because so much of what we will study in science will overlap grade levels, science will be taught in units that encompass all of the learning with small group work and independent work occuring so that specific grade level knowledge can be taught to each group.  Each grade level will be assessed on their own standards and content expectations.

First and Second graders:

S.IP.E.1 Inquiry involves generating questions, conducting investigations, and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation.

To work on our observation, data collection, and investigating we will participate in many hands-on projects during the year and will enter a project into our school's science fair! 

First and Second graders:

P.PM.E.1 Physical Properties- All objects and substances have physical properties that can be measured.

We will have so much fun exploring matter and working with it's physical properties.  We will get to use our senses to describe many objects by their attributes!


Second graders:

P.PM.E.4 Material Composition- Some objects are composed of a single substance, while other objects are composed of more than one substance.

You will love learning about mixtures and solutions! We get to make a sorts of "concoctions" and determine if they are mixtures or solutions!

First graders:

P.PM.E.2 States of Matter- Matter exists in several different states: solids, liquids and gases. Each state of matter has unique physical properties. Gases are easily compressed but liquids and solids do not compress easily. Solids have their own particular shapes, but liquids and gases take the shape of the container.

P.PM.E.3 Magnets- Magnets can repel or attract other magnets. Magnets can also attract magnetic objects. Magnets can attract and repel at a distance.

We will learn about solids, liquids, and gases and explore magnets too!

 First and Second graders:

L.OL.E.1 Life Requirements- Organisms have basic needs. Animals and plants need air, water, and food. Plants also require light. Plants and animals use food as a source of energy and as a source of building material for growth and repair.

L.OL.E.2 Life Cycles- Plants and animals have life cycles. Both plants and animals begin life and develop into adults, reproduce, and eventually die. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.

First and Second graders: First graders will focus on animals while second will focus on plants.

L.HE.E.1 Observable Characteristics- Plants and animals share many, but not all, characteristics of their parents.

We will explore plant life cycles, adult and young plants, and read tons of plant books! We'll even plant our own seeds, look at seeds, and make a "plant part salad"!


Second graders:

E.SE.E.2 Surface Changes- The surface of Earth changes. Some changes are due to slow processes, such as erosion and weathering, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

We will learn all about Earth's landforms and bodies of water- mountains, plateaus, plains, hills, streams, oceans, and more! We'll make models of landforms, jam to a landform rock song, and even make edible landforms!

First graders:

E.ES.E.2 Weather- Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.

E.ES.E.3 Weather Measurement- Scientists use tools for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes.

We will observe weather daily during our calendar routine.  We will also review weather while the 2nd graders learn about the water cycle.

Second graders:

 E.FE.E.1 Water- Water is a natural resource and is found under the ground, on the surface of the Earth, and in the sky. It exists in three states (liquid, solid, gas) and can go back and forth from one form to another.

E.FE.E.2 Water Movement- Water moves in predictable patterns.

We will study the water cycle and weather. You will LOVE learning about the water cycle! We'll get to see the water cycle in action, make water cycle bracelets, learn a water cycle song and dance, and have tons of fun learning about weather. We'll do "Cloudy With a Chance of..." projects, write weather list poems, and make pretty precipitation. I know you'll love it!



Christina Bainbridge 

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