Curriculums may vary from school to school, but a typical second-grade science curriculum includes units on scientific inquiry, earth science, weather and magnets. Second-grade science students are taught to recognize patterns and to make predictions about the world around them.
In second-grade science, students actively engage in learning through observation, interaction with materials, and by asking questions to expand their understanding.
Second-grade science students are introduced to scientific inquiry. They learn the skills, processes and tools needed to conduct simple scientific experiments and investigations.
Science classes for second graders often include the study of basic earth science. Students are taught about the Earth's natural resources, and learn how those resources are used to create energy. They learn about the Earth's history and how it has changed through the examination of fossils, and may also look deeper into the life cycles of plants and animals.
Many second-grade science curriculums also contain units on weather. Students are taught to classify different types of weather elements through observation of clouds and the use of tools.
Magnets are another common area of study in many second-grade science classes. Students learn about both force and motion by getting to study the basic properties of magnetism.