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Second Grade: Processes that Shape Earth

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Driving Questions: How does land change and what are some things that cause it to change? What are the different kinds of land and bodies of water?

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Second Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Stability & Change

Things may change slowly or rapidly. Some things stay the same while other things change.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

Water and Land

Oscar and the Cricket

Mapping Penny's World

The Little Snowplow

How Do Wind and Water Change Earth?

The Little Snowplow

The Big Rock

One Million Oysters on Top of The Mountain Cover

One Million Oysters on Top of The Mountain

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 2-ESS1-1
    • #23 Mountain Age, USI p. 181 (gr 3-8)
  • 2-ESS2-1
    • #19 Is it Erosion? (USI ESS) p. 99 (gr 3-5)
  • 2-ESS2-2
    • #20 What Makes up a Mountain, USI, p. 94
  • 2-ESS2-3
    • #4 Where is Most of the Freshwater? (USI ESS) p. 29 (gr 3-5)

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