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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Fusion 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 –Work Like A Scientist
*Use Inquiry skills
*Use Science Tools
*Understand How Scientists Think
*Learn How to Solve A Problem

Unit 2 Technology and Our World
*Describe the Design Process
*Use the Design Process
*Explain What Technology Is
*Learn about Careers in Science

Unit 3 –All About Animals
*Identify Animal Needs
*Compare Animal Types
*Explain How Animal Body Coverings Help Animals
*Explain Animal Life Cycles
*Explain Fossils
*Make Models of Fossils

Unit 4 – All About Plants
*Identify Plant Needs
*Identify what  Plants Need to Grow
*Identify Plant Parts
*Describe Plant Life Cycles

Unit 5 Environments for Living Things
*Describe Food Chains
*Compare how Living Things Adapt to Their Environments
*Compare How Environments Change

Unit 6 –Earth and Its Resources
*Describe Earth Changes (ex. erosion)
*Identify Natural Resources
*Classify Plant Products

Unit 7 All About Weather
Observe Weather Changes
Explain How the Sun Heats the Earth
Compare Weather Patterns
Measure Precipitation
Explain How Seasons Effect Living Things
Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather

Unit 8 The Solar System
Explain Planets & Stars
Explain the Cause of Day & Night
Model Day & Night

Unit 9 Changes in Matter
Identify Matter
Compare Volume
Identify  How Matter Changes
Identify How Water Changes States

Unit 10 Energy and Magnets
Identify Energy
Explain what are Magnets
Look at Strengths of Magnets

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:               3:10-3:25    Monday
                                            2:00–2:30  3:05-3:20 Tuesday & Thursday
                                            2:00- 3:05   Wednesday
                                             2:00-3:25    Friday