Our smart kids love science! They learn about it all year and develop a love of inquiry by investigating the way things work.
In second grade, we discover the wonder of habitats and the organisms that live in them. We begin the year by creating land and water habitats after collecting organisms in our natural Rocky Mountain environment. We create habitats with organisms from the pet store (such as hermit crabs, fish, and frogs). We also have a bucket of worms that munches our food waste all year! We monitor these habitats and learn about the needs of the organisms in the habitats. We also learn about adaptations that organisms have, both in our classroom habitats and in the wider world.
Physical science in second grade is all about force. We learn about pushing and pulling forces on spinners, tops, rolling objects, and racing cars. The students create these objects and then test and adjust the forces that act on them. We also learn about other forces such as the surface tension of water, friction, and air resistance on objects. Students make a pin float in water (surface tension), investigate how friction acts to slow their moving objects, and make paper air planes that soar the farthest due to reduced air resistance. Super fun!
Second graders learn all about weather. Specifically, they learn how weather impacts organisms by observing and analyzing the changing weather and organisms in our Rocky Mountain habitat. We also learn about severe weather and its effect on organisms and the habitat. Such weather includes blizzards, drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and hail, and high winds. This study is integrated into our study of maps as we study where this kind of weather can occur, and how it affects the environment in that place.