First and Second graders:
Inquiry involves generating questions, conducting
investigations, and developing solutions to problems through
reasoning and observation.
To work on our observation, data
collection, and investigating we will participate in many
hands-on projects during the year and will enter a project
into our school's science fair!
First and Second graders:
Properties- All objects and substances have physical
properties that can be measured.
We will have so much fun
exploring matter and working with it's physical properties.
We will get to use our senses to describe many objects by
Composition- Some objects are composed of a single
substance, while other objects are composed of more than one
You will love learning about
mixtures and solutions! We get to make a sorts of
"concoctions" and determine if they are mixtures or
of Matter- Matter exists in several different states:
solids, liquids and gases. Each state of matter has unique
physical properties. Gases are easily compressed but liquids
and solids do not compress easily. Solids have their own
particular shapes, but liquids and gases take the shape of
Magnets can repel or attract other magnets. Magnets can also
attract magnetic objects. Magnets can attract and repel at a
We will learn about solids, liquids,
and gases and explore magnets too!
and Second graders:
Life Requirements- Organisms have basic needs. Animals and
plants need air, water, and food. Plants also require light.
Plants and animals use food as a source of energy and as a
source of building material for growth and repair.
Life Cycles- Plants and animals have life cycles. Both
plants and animals begin life and develop into adults,
reproduce, and eventually die. The details of this life
cycle are different for different organisms.
First and Second graders: First
graders will focus on animals while second will focus on
Observable Characteristics- Plants and animals share many,
but not all, characteristics of their parents.
We will explore plant life
cycles, adult and young plants, and read tons of plant
books! We'll even plant our own seeds, look at seeds, and
make a "plant part salad"!
Surface Changes- The surface of Earth changes. Some changes
are due to slow processes, such as erosion and weathering,
and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as
landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
We will learn all about
Earth's landforms and bodies of water- mountains, plateaus,
plains, hills, streams, oceans, and more! We'll make models
of landforms, jam to a landform rock song, and even make
Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
Measurement- Scientists use tools for observing, recording,
and predicting weather changes.
We will observe weather daily during
our calendar routine. We will also review weather
while the 2nd graders learn about the water cycle.
Water- Water is a natural resource and is found under the
ground, on the surface of the Earth, and in the sky. It
exists in three states (liquid, solid, gas) and can go back
and forth from one form to another.
Water Movement- Water moves in predictable patterns.
We will study the water cycle
and weather. You will LOVE learning about the water cycle!
We'll get to see the water cycle in action, make water cycle
bracelets, learn a water cycle song and dance, and have tons
of fun learning about weather. We'll do "Cloudy With a
Chance of..." projects, write weather list poems, and make
pretty precipitation. I know you'll love it!