This page is available to 2nd grade teachers in CMS to share ideas, resources, etc. to excite students about learning through science.

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Science Kit Activities for 2013-2014
Here are hands-on activities for second grade science that align with the Essential Standards. New kits will be phased in over the next three years starting with kits this Fall. Teachers should continue to use materials from the McGraw-Hill kits to supplement hands-on science for our students.

Shared Assessments:
2.P.1.1 and 1.2 by Jill Thompson

This is a file of pictures for a Magnification Activity modeled at the New Science Kit Training for 2nd Grade Teachers on August 20, 2014. Thanks to Lori L Marais, a preK teacher at Idlewild for sharing and to Cynthia Dey for modeling the activity.

Technology Connections- Discovery Education and sites below
Force and Motion:


Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

Structures and Functions of Living Organisms & Evolution and Genetic

Vocabulary Document Coming Soon

Labs/Lessons Ideas
Forces and Motion
  • Sound and Vibrating Objects
  • Pitch and Volume
  • Vocal Chords
  • Music Teacher can help teach
  • Make Instruments – paper tubes – there is a discovery Ed video on how to make an instrument.
* –sound video and vocabulary
  • youtube – “Batney Spears” – echolocation song
  • plastic easter eggs – heavier the weight the louder it is. Cotton always confuses the kids.
  • Bats – can integrate literacy (The Truth About Bats from Magic School Bus), math – the length of wingspans, science – life cycles – tie it into the Living Organisms unit
  • Google sounds – sounds will pop up and kids have to guess
  • tie a string around kids fingers and tie it to a wire hanger or metal spoons and have them bang it against a desk.
  • Discovery Ed has virtual labs – computer teacher can help with charting their findings.
  • Tuning forks

Matter: Properties and Changes
Solids and Liquids
Volume and Weight – water to ice
Water in a closed container to water in an open container
Solids to liquids and then liquids to solids
  • Students take pictures of items – sort into solids and liquids
  • Make Jell-O using a hot pot
  • Use cheerios to create close solids, more spread out liquids, and gasses on construction paper
  • use their bodies to act like the solids/liquids/gasses
  • Baking soda/balloon
  • See if an older third grade teacher has the unit from former books
  • make fossils with Plaster of Paris and water
  • Cornstarch and water – oobleck (use a Dr. Seuss book – Bartholomew and the Oobleck) also on youtube. Type in Ellen Digenerous.
  • Gas from a soda can into a piece of aluminum foil
  • take a potato, cut it in half and pour hydrogen peroxide – it forms a gas
  • melt crayons – solids to liquids, then they hardened again. Can use a toaster oven.
  • Make rock candy – starts as a liquid – google how to make the rock candy
  • Borax and hot water – makes snowflakes – use pipe cleaners to form shapes – will take a few days to crystallize
  • take water, die it a different color, put a glass with a paper towel in it and push it in the water – the towel does not get wet.
  • Jeopardy – smart board express website
  • sink or float experiments
  • Balloons – put two balloons on a ruler like a balance scale, let one of the balloons deflate
  • Jell-O powder, drop water (tap water) droplets, makes kind of a gumdrop – use a plastic fork to pick it up. (Do it at the end of the day because kids get hyper)
  • Hand out five or so liquids. Have them do the five senses (minus the tasting!). They can compare the liquids. Then mix all of the liquids together and compare weights.
  • What’s the Matter in Mr. Whiskers Room? Read aloud – there are different experiments in it.
  • Fishing for ice cubes – ice cubes in a bowl of water. Lay a string on top of the ice cube. Sprinkle salt – the string attaches.

Earth Systems, Structures and Processes
Patterns and factors that effect weather
sun – energy to warm
measure – wind, temp,
tools used
patterns within day and time
light from sun to earth
reflected to space
numbers used to describe temp and wind speed

  • Wild About Weather – Ed Brotak
  • Dioramas, collages, songs, make it a full thematic unit
  • hang baggies full of water on the windows, dye the water blue
  • chart the daily weather
  • measure water in a beaker
  • make an anemometer
  • adopt a country or different state and compare to NC
  • Most teachers like to teach weather at the beginning of the school year

Structures and Functions of Living Organisms & Evolution and Genetics
  • Life cycles
  • Birth, development, aging, and death
  • Habitats
  • life cycle of a chicken – hatching chicks (donor’s choose – on the website) Call Texas A & M for the eggs – or contact local farms
  • Quail Eggs
  • Send out for Caterpillar kits – wrote in a journal about the daily development
  • Frogs and Tadpoles
  • Butterfly Day – let all of the Butterflies go
  • MealWorms– beetles
  • Integrate community – NC Animals – state bird, state fish, state insect, etc
  • Mountain animals, ocean animals, etc.
  • Discovery Ed has great websites
  • Diary of a Worm – then have kids create their own books
  • Diary of a butterfly – use pasta to show the four stages