GRADE TWO SCIENCE - NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
In the Grade Two performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade appropriate proficiency in developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.
A transition from the Illinois Learning Standards for Science to the Next Generation Science Standards will occur during the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 school years.
Science Units taught in Grade Two include:
Plant and Animal Interactions
- Construct a living habitat. Observe, Identify and record changes that result from animal and plant interactions
- Create and explain food chain or food web. Identify herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, predator and prey within the food chain or web.
- State the difference between an herbivore, carnivore and omnivore plus name one example of each.
- Identify structural characteristics of herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, predator/prey (skull, mouth, beak, feet).
- Create a shelter that protects an animal during winter including location and material. Then conduct a fair test to determine the effectiveness of the shelter.
- Research and share knowledge of woodland/prairie animal interactions and adaptations that help them survive in their environment.
Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
- Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
- Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
- Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
- Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Scientific Inquiry Method is integrated into the Science Curriculum.
The Science Performance Expectations for Grade Two have been recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards, a collaborative group of over 20 states, including Illinois.