Science Syllabus

Course Name:  Second Grade Science
Instructor Name:  Deanna Kolle
Contact Information:
      Call 348-5531 to schedule a conference before or after school.

Course Description:  
We will be using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill A Closer Look Textbook Level 2, videos, and experiments. The extension office provides a nutrition unit.  This course is designed to introduce basic science concepts in the areas of science as inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science, science and technology, science and personal and environmental perspectives, and the history and nature of science on a second grade level.

Learning/Developmental Goals:
This course is designed to meet Kansas state standards for 2nd grade science.   Kansas state standards may be found at:

Learning Outcome:
The student will demonstrate mastery of the state standards using formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.

Instructional Units:

Unit 1 –Life Science—Plants & Animals
*Identify living & nonliving things
*Explain why plants are living things and describe their parts
*Describe seeds and their origins
*Identify the stages in a plant’s life cycle
*Recognize that plants look and act like their parent plants
*Describe ways that plants change to meet their needs.  
*Describe, classify, and compare animals.
* Explain how animal parts help animals meet their needs.
*Explain that every animal has a life cycle.
*Describe and compare the lifecycles of animals.
*Identify how camouflage helps animals stay safe.
*Explain how animals protect themselves

Unit 2 –Life Science ---Habitats
*Describe different habitats
*Explain how plants and animals use their habitats
*Describe a food chain
*Describe a food web
*Explain why habitats change
*Describe what happens when habitats change.
*Compare & contrast woodland forests and rain forests
*Explain how different animals live in forest habitats
*Describe desert habitats
*Explain how plants and animals survive in a dry habitat
*Describe oceans and ponds
*Explain how plants and animals live in oceans and ponds

Unit 3 –Earth Science—Our Earth
*Compare the different landforms on Earth’s surface
*Identify Earth’s layers
*Identify sources of Earth’s water
*Classify how people use water
*Explain slow and fast changes on Earth
*Describe how wind and water can change rocks.
*Explain what rocks are and how they are used
*Explain what minerals are and how they are used.
*Describe what things make up soil
*Explain how soil is formed
*Describe how people use natural resources
*Explain why people should take care of Earth’s resources
Unit 4 – Earth Science --- Weather and Sky
*Describe temperature, wind, and precipitation
*Identify and use tools to measure weather
*Identify the different stages of the water cycle
*Predict weather by observing clouds
*Identify different types of clouds and storms
*Identify how Earth rotates to make day and night
*Explain how shadows change as Earth’s moves
*Describe seasonal and annual patterns on Earth.
*Relate seasonal patterns to Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
*Observe the Moon and its phases as it orbits Earth
*Recognize that the Sun is the closest star to Earth.
*Explain the relationship between the planets and the sun
*Describe the planets in the solar system.

Unit 5 –Physical Science ---- Matter
*Identify matter as anything that has mass and takes us space.
*Compare and contrast different properties of matter.
*Compare and contrast the properties of solids.
*Use different ways to measure solids.
*Describe the properties of liquids and gases
*Compare and contrast liquids and gases
*Classify objects based on their characteristics.
*Identify the properties of solids
*Recognize that the volume of a liquid is determined by the size and shape of its container.
*Identify chemical and physical changes
*Observe how heat can change matter.
*Observe how solids, liquids, and gases mix
*Observe how mass may remain constant or change based on the shape of the object.
*Observe how butter and chocolate will change due to heat.
*Compare a solution to a non-solution

Unit 6 –Physical Science—Motion & Energy
*Describe an object’s position in relation to another object
*Measure and record changes in an object’s position
*Identify a force as a push or a pull
*Describe the forces of gravity and friction
*Identify simple tools
*Discover that simple machines change force to make work easier.
*Observe magnets attract and repel objects
*Identify magnet poles and explain how they function
*Recognize that the Sun supplies heat and energy to Earth
*Discover how different sounds are produced
*Discover the volume of pitch and sounds
*Identify the composition and properties of light
*Identify forms of electricity and their uses

Nutrition Unit
*Explore the Food pyramid
*Identify the various food groups
*Categorize food into various food groups
*Sample & make healthy food choices

Grading Policy:  
Daily Assignments are graded and students are required to correct them until they are   without errors.  Percentages are only placed on tests.

Grade Scale:
A    100% -  91%
B      90% -  82%
C      81% -  73%
D      72% - 64%
F       63% & below

Make-Up Work:  If an absence is excused, you will have two days for every day that is missed to make up the work.

Homework:   Homework is not an optional assignment; therefore it is expected to be completed.  All homework is due the following class day.

Planner: Students will be expected to write all homework assignments and tests in the student planner daily.  Parents should read and sign the planner daily, even if there is no homework, as a form of communication.

Expectations:       Students are reminded to always try and do their personal best.  Students are also reminded that cheating will not be tolerated.

Science Schedule:              2:45-3:25    Monday
                                           3:05–3:30   Tuesday & Thursday
                                           3:00- 3:30   Wednesday
                                           2:30-3:30    Friday