• Science GRADE 2

    Scope and Sequence:

    SECOND GRADE  updated 2021

    **Elem Science in NHPS uses kits that rotate among schools.

    Check with each school for Rotation Details.                              

    Science Grade 2


    • Investigate and explore how solids and liquids can change by changing material properties such as temperature, form, density.
    • Analyze data to determine which materials are best suited for a purpose (ie replica jewelry).
    • Investigate what plants need to live, grow and reproduce in different habitats.
    • Model how plant reproduction methods, such as bee pollination or seed dispersal, can affect the populations in different habitats.
    • Explore the patterns of land and water areas on the Earth and model those patterns with types of maps.
    • Analyze evidence of the fast and slow ways water and wind can change the shape of land.
    • Design and compare solutions to help stop soil from being washed away.


    • Make observations about demonstrations, experiments and phenomena.
    • Form questions and wonderings about phenomena using observations and prior knowledge.
    • Ask questions about others’ explanations.
    • Use appropriate tools to make measurements and collect numerical data.
    • Plan and conduct cause/effect investigations.
    • Explain safety and ethical impacts of science investigations and solutions.
    • Design and refine visual or physical models that explain science events.
    • Display data using visual representations.
    • Connect data to appropriate explanations.
    • Construct and defend explanations about science concepts based on evidence.
    • Communicate with others about science ideas and possible flaws.
    • Use appropriate science vocabulary when communicating about science events.
    • Design multiple solutions to real-life problems, and be able to refine them after seeing the results.

    Science How to Help your Child

    • Visit together, observe together, wonder together, think together, tinker together and most importantly, talk together!
    • Be positive about science learning.
    • Be positive about your child being curious about the world and taking time to “figure things out” by predicting, talking, investigating, not just “learn about” by looking up an answer.
    • Encourage students to develop and test their own understandings and explanations of the world.
    • Encourage exploration of simple objects around the house (movement, light, sound, heat), the world outside (sky, weather, trees, yard, the earth), living things (humans, animals, plants) and technology (cars, TVs, machines).
    • Encourage use of simple measurement tools at home (hand lens, rulers, thermometers, scales) and encourage use of math.
    • Use and visit local resources (museums, parks, family nights, science programs/events at Yale, other places).


    SECOND GRADE NGSS Standards By Quarter  


    DETAILED GRADE BY GRADE OVERVIEW WITH NextGenerationScience Standards per Grade/Course and Quarter