• SCIENCE GRADE 2
    What children will study this year:

    The second grade science curriculum is inquiry-based and hands-on. 2nd grade students will learn and use the engineering design process to find solutions to design challenges. Students will make observations, ask testable questions and conduct investigations in the units below.

    Program and Grade Level Understandings

    Anoka-Hennepin Program Understandings articulate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave the K-12 program in Anoka-Hennepin. The grade level understandings demonstrate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave each grade level. The grade level understandings increase in complexity as students progress through the K-12 program.

    Curriculinks- online activities


    Grade 2 Science Units:

    Unit: Solids and Liquids: Students will observe and describe objects in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical properties. Students will observe, record and recognize that physical properties can be changed but not all materials respond the same way to what is done to them.

    What families can do at home to help:

    • Take a walk in the late fall or early winter to observe water in its different forms.
    • Take a walk to a nearby pond, river or stream in different seasons throughout the year. Observe the changes that happen.

    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.


    Unit: Motion: Students will demonstrate the motion of an object and describe the motion by a change in its position over time. Students will explore and describe that force such as a push or a pull can change the motion of an object.
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Give your child opportunities to take things apart. Let them try to figure out how things work.
    • Visit the library to learn more about the topics your child is studying in science.
    • Visit the Science Museum to learn more about the science concepts your child is studying in 2nd grade. Your county library has information on free passes.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit: Plants: Students will describe and sort plants based on their physical characteristics. Students will explore and describe how a plant changes during the life cycle. Students will recognize the needs of a plant for survival and how the plant environment can affect these needs.
    What families can do at home to help:
    • Observe plants around your home, both indoor and outdoor. Talk about the differences between the plants you see. Compare the differences between their leaves, stems, flowers, fruit/seeds.
    • Plant a garden.
    • Visit the Como Zoo Conservatory.

    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.