Second Grade Science

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Second Grade topics typically include

Communities—
comparisons of different types of communities (Native American, pioneer settlers, and natural plant/animal/fungi) through investigations during a series of field visits to Champoeg State Park; parallel explorations here on the campus; functions and parts of trees; how forests and other natural communities work. Culminates with three-day overnight.

Mapping—
how to read, use, and make a map; use of a magnetic compass.

Metric system measurement—
introduction to and practice with basic metric units of distance (M, dm, cm, mm) and mass (Kg, gm).

Simple machines–
gears, levers, balances, pulleys, and related tools; what simple machines are and how they help us do work; gear ratio and speed; fulcrum and load; simple and compound; energy transmission, transformation, and loss.

Animal classification—
vertebrate and selected invertebrate groups; herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore; predator and prey; adaptation and habitat; components of a habitat; how adaptations affect where an organism lives; our part in our local environment.