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Second Grade: Structure and Properties of Matter

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Driving Question: How are materials similar and different from one another, and how do the properties of the materials relate to their use?

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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

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Systems Model

Energy and Matter

Objects may break into smaller pieces and be put together into larger pieces, or change shapes.

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

Touch It! Materials Matter & You

Oscar and the Cricket

A Rock Is Lively

The Little Snowplow

If I Built A Car

The Little Snowplow

Joe Joe the Wizard Brews Up Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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-PS1-1
    • #9 Sink or Float, USI in Primary Grades, p. 46
    • #10 Watermelon and Grape, USI in Primary Grades, p. 50
    • #11 Is It Matter?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 54
    • #10 Is It Matter?, USI (vol 1, 2nd ed), p. 81
  • 2-PS1-2
    • #9 Sink or Float, USI in Primary Grades, p. 46
  • 2-PS1-3
    • #12 Snap Blocks, USI in Primary Grades, p. 60
  • 2-PS1-4
    • #13 Back and Forth,USI in Primary Grades, p. 64
    • #9 Is It Melting, USI, (vol 1, 2nd ed) p. 75

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