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2Nd Grade Science Fusion Class Taught in English

Fabiola Woerner Bilingual Teacher
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Second grade students will learn about S.T.E.M., Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science! A student Harcourt Science Fusion work text is needed for this FULL Curriculum class! (CEFR: A2, B1 for ELL students). Class is in English.

Class Experience

US Grade 1 - 3
Beginner - Advanced Level
Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
42 lessons//21 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Unit 1 - Inquiry Skills
- Discuss the Table of Contents. - Using Inquiry Skills - *Activity - Draw a map of your backyard. - Science Tools After class: For tomorrow, please bring back the measuring objects. Also, your child can show us his/her completed backyard map if they want to add details or color it. We are learning about models and inquiry skills.
Lesson 2
Science Tools & Anders Celsius (pages 16-22)
- If students added more details and colored their backyard maps, they may show the class. - People in Science: Things to Know about Anders Celsius Teacher will screenshare from EPIC: Measuring Temperature, by: Beth Bence Reinke, page 12 and/or Measuring Temperature, by: Julia Vogel (page 12 focuses on Daniel Fahrenheit) - Vocabulary: investigate, hypothesis, draw conclusions, communicate - *Optional Home Activity - Experiment: Does food coloring spread faster in cold or warm water?
 Week 2
Lesson 3
How Do Scientists Think? (pages 25-33)
- Complete Essential Questions (Review and complete these pages 25-31) - Review Experiment Findings - *Activity - Number the steps 1 to 4 to tell a way scientists investigate. (pages 32-33) Students without a book may write the order in their notebook.
Lesson 4
Investigation Steps (pages 34-40)
- The teacher will screen-share from Epic for Kids: Why Did My Ice Pop Melt?, by: Susan Korman - Unit 1 Review for homework (pages 37-40)
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Unit 2 - What is the Design Process? (pages 41-51)
- Learn about different types of engineers: civil, robotics, aerospace - Learn the five steps in the design process.
Lesson 6
Review the Design Process (pages 52-54)
-Review vocabulary and solve the riddle.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
What is Technology? (pages 57-63)
- *Activity - Bathroom Scavenger Hunt (page 59) - EPIC: Teacher will screen-share - Marvelous Medical Inventions, by: Ryan Jacobson - Everyday Technology - Play It Safe with Safety Gear (pages 62-63)
Lesson 8
Environmental Effects (pages 64-68)
-Batteries - helpful and harmful - Screen-share - How Can We Reduce Transportation Pollution?, by: L.J. Amstutz, pages 17 & 27
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Ask a Roller Coaster Designer (pages 71-76)
- Screen-share - How Can We Reduce Transportation Pollution?, by: L.J. Amstutz, pages 17 & 27 *Activity - Design Your Own Roller Coaster (page 72) - If time allows: Screen-share - Curious George: Roller Coaster, by: Lazar Saric, Monica Perez Unit 2 Review for homework (pages 73-76)
Lesson 10
Unit 3 - All About Animals (pages 77-87)
- What are animal needs? - Vocabulary: survive, lungs, gills, shelter - *Activity - The teacher will provide a fish worksheet for the students to label the body parts. This goes along with page 83. - *Activity - Draw and label what you like to drink on page 81. Draw a food you like to eat on page 84. - Learn about snorkeling. - Learn examples of shelters.
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Animal Stars (pages 88-93)
- *Activity - Venn Diagram: animal vs. plant needs (page 88) https://www.liveworksheets.com/vy69453ug - Vocabulary: mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, insect - Act out animal body parts. (page 93)
Lesson 12
Animal Groups (pages 94-102)
Animal Groups: mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, insect (pages 94-102) - Learn why dolphins are mammals, and not fish. The teacher will screen-share pages of the book: Look, a Dolphin!, by: Tessa Kenan. -Learn about the manatee, toad, and kiwi. (page 102)
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Animal Life Cycles (pages 103-113)
- Vocabulary: reproduce, life cycle, tadpole, metamorphosis, larva, pup
Lesson 14
Life Cycles Continued (pages 114-116)
Learn the life cycles of a chicken, turtle, rainbow trout, butterfly, frog, and polar bear. Complete activities on pages 114-116.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Learn about Salim Ali, the "Birdman of India." (pages 117-118)
Work on the bird scavenger hunt at home. Students may use binoculars if they have them. Students may show their bird drawings in the next class.
Lesson 16
Fossils (pages 119-134)
Students may bring a dinosaur related show and tell item for this class. Please also allow your child to bring sea shells, small toy dinosaurs, and playdough. - If extra time, the teacher will screen-share and read Curious George: Dinosaur Tracks, by: Julie Tibbott and Bruce Akiyama - Unit 3 Review (pages 131 - 134) for homework
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Unit 4- All About Plants (pages 135-148)
- Vocabulary: basic needs, nutrients, irrigation - *Activity - Draw a picture of a plant. Label the picture to show that the plant is getting what it needs. (page 142) - *Activity - Complete the word web to tell about the things that plants need. (page 144)
Lesson 18
Plant Parts (pages 149-158)
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-01-06/Huge-and-strange-flower-blooms-in-Indonesian-rainforest-N1MHZMotig/index.html - *Activity - Plants Show and Tell Time - Vocabulary: flowers, pollen, seed - *Activity - Label the plant parts. (pages 152-153, 156)
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Plant Life Cycles (pages 159-178)
- *Activity - Apple, Plant, or Pine Cone Show and Tell Time - Vocabulary: seed, germinate, seedling, cone - People in Science: Get to Know Dr. Maria Elena Zavala (page 173) - If time allows, use the book on EPIC - STEM Careers: Botanist, by: R.J. Bailey - Unit 4 Review (pages 175-178) for homework
Lesson 20
Unit 5 - Environments for Living Things (pages 179-192)
- How do plants and animals need one another? - Vocabulary: environment, pollen, food chain - Learn how animals help plants reproduce. (page 187) - *Activity - Draw what is missing from the first step of the food chain. (page 189)
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Adaptation (pages 193-224)
- *Activity - List adaptations that help plants and animals survive. (page 203) - Learn about water dams. - How do environments change over time? (Lesson 4, pages 209-218) - Learn all about beavers (page 212). If time allows, the teacher will screen-share parts of the book Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam, by: Sandra Markle. - Careers in Science: Environmental Scientist (page 219) - Unit 5 Review (pages 221-224) for homework
Lesson 22
Unit 6 - Earth and Its Resources (pages 225-240)
- Vocabulary: earthquake, volcano, flood, weathering, erosion, drought - *Activity - Before and After activity (page 235) - Careers in Science: Geologist (pages 239-240) Geology: The Connection Between Geology and Toothpaste | Science Trek https://youtu.be/AhWrqeunEEU?si=lXnWXEmu6h7VN4Bq *Students may bring a special rock or their rock collection (if they have one) for show and tell.
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Natural Resources (pages 241-252)
- Vocabulary: natural resource, product - *Activity - Make a natural resources chart. (pages 246-247) - Learn the history of Seattle, Washington. (pages 248-249) - *Activity - Write two ways you use water. (page 250) *Students may bring a natural resource to show us for show and tell. Examples: wheat, cotton, wood, coal, gold, copper, diamond
Lesson 24
How It's Made (pages 253-262)
- *Activity - Cotton/ Tree Show and Tell Time - Watch Filipino Weavers Seagrass Natural Fiber video (2 minutes) on YouTube. https://youtu.be/pcDg-pco0qg - *Activity - Sort items into three product groups. (page 256-257) - Complete Unit 6 Review (pages 259-262) for homework *Students may bring a natural resource to show us for show and tell. (something different than the previous day) Examples: wheat, cotton, wood, coal, gold, copper, diamond
 Week 13
Lesson 25
Unit 7 - All About Weather (pages 263-276)
- How does weather change? - Vocabulary: weather, precipitation, temperature, wind "Cumulonimbus" is very hard to pronounce!! Here's the way you can break it down into syllables: "kyoo-myuh-low-nim-buhs" - *Activity - Practice using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the air. (page 271) - *Activity - Write and draw to complete the clouds and weather chart. (page 274)
Lesson 26
Weather Patterns (pages 277-288)
- Weather Balloon Facts for Kids https://kids.kiddle.co/Weather_balloon - Vocabulary: weather pattern, evaporate, condenses, water cycle - Where does the water go? - *Activity - Complete the water cycle chart. (page 286)
 Week 14
Lesson 27
The Four Seasons (pages 289-300)
- Vocabulary: season, hibernate, migrate - Sing the Four Seasons song. - *Activity - Complete the "How Seasons Affect Living Things" chart on page 298. - Learn about hurricane airplanes. (pages 299-300)
Lesson 28
Severe Weather (pages 301-305)
- Vocabulary: thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane, lightning - Learn Tips for Storm Safety (page 305) * The students will need some supplies for a tornado experiment this week. Supplies needed: - Glass jar with a lid (mason jar, pickle jar, jam jar, anything will work) - Water - Clear Dish Soap (or blue if you have it) - Vinegar - Blue Food Dye
 Week 15
Lesson 29
Careers in Science: Storm Chaser (pages 306-314)
*Activity - Learn how to make a tornado in a jar. -Unit 7 Review for homework (pages 311-314)
Lesson 30
Unit 8 - Planets and Stars (pages 315-321)
- Vocabulary: planet, solar system, orbit, star, constellation
 Week 16
Lesson 31
Star Bright (pages 322-328)
*Students will need cotton swabs, glue, and a dark colored piece of paper to make constellations. - *Activity - Draw Earth's orbit around the sun. (page 324) - *Activity - Students will design their own constellation with cotton swabs. Teacher will screen-share Amazing Sights in the Sky: Constellations, by: Jane P. Gardner & Space Kids: Storybook in the Sky https://www.getepic.com/app/read/79824 - People in Science: Annie Jump Cannon (page 327-328)
Lesson 32
Earth Rotates (pages 329-346)
- What causes day and night? - *Activity - Draw the umbrella's shadow at different times of day. (page 336) - Learn about telescopes. (pages 339-340) - Unit 8 Review (pages 343-346) for homework
 Week 17
Lesson 33
Unit 9 - Changes in Matter (pages 347-351)
- Show and Tell: solid, liquid, or gas - Vocabulary: matter, mass, property, solid, liquid, volume, gas, water vapor - Teacher will screen-share: Explore Solids and Liquids!, by: Kathleen M. Reilly - *Activity – Draw objects with the same property. (page 351)
Lesson 34
Three States of Matter (pages 352-360)
- Show and Tell: a solid that you see or take to the beach - *Activity – Draw a solid object that you would take to the beach. (page 353) - *Activity – Complete the States of Water chart. (page 357) - Complete before next class: pages 358-360
 Week 18
Lesson 35
How Does Matter Change? (pages 363-372)
🗣️For show and tell, students may bring a kitchen tool and/or recipe that their family uses. (See pages 363-364 for inspiration. - Vocabulary: evaporation, condensation - Teacher will screen-share: Many Kinds of Matter: A Look at Solids, Liquids, and Gases, by: Jennifer Boothroyd - *Activity – Draw a solid before and after it melts. (page 370) - Complete before next class: pages 370-372.
Lesson 36
People in Science: Things to Know About Dr. Mei-Yin Chou (pages 375-380)
- Learn about Dr. Chou and physics. - Complete the Unit 9 Review for homework (pages 377-380)
 Week 19
Lesson 37
Unit 10 - What is Engergy? (pages 381-391)
- Vocabulary: energy, sound, light, heat, vibrate, pitch, loudness - Watch - EPIC: Glowing Fireworks in a Jar Science Experiment (2:59)
Lesson 38
Kinds of Energy (pages 392-396)
- Complete pages 392-393 together. - People in Science: Things to Know About Dr. Lawnie Taylor (pages 395-396)
 Week 20
Lesson 39
What are Magnets? (pages 397-401)
- Show and Tell: Students will show something that a magnet will attract and something a magnet will repel, or not attract. - Vocabulary: magnet, pole, repel, attract - Video - EPIC: Magnetic Compass (1:07) - Screen-share book, if time allows: EPIC: Magnetism: First Science, by: Mari Schuh and Attract and Repel: A Look at Magnets, by: Jennifer Boothroyd - *Activity – Paper Clips and Magnet Experiment (pages 400-401)
Lesson 40
Magnets Everywhere (pages 402-414)
- Show and Tell: Students will show something that a magnet attracts in their recycling bin. - Watch - EPIC: How to Make Magnetic Slime (3:25) - Complete the Unit 10 Review on pages 411-414 for homework.
 Week 21
Lesson 41
Technology and Coding (pages 415-422)
- Learn about electronics and electricity safety. (pages 420-421) - Careers in Computing: Computer Animation (page 422) - Watch EPIC: Colossal Questions: What Was the First Cartoon? (2:45) - EPIC: Movie Magic Animation
Lesson 42
R1 – R23 (Reference Interactive Glossary)
- Draw examples in the Interactive Glossary about endangered animals. Endangered and Extinct Amphibians, by: Candice Random (Hewitt's Ghost Frog, pgs. 10-11) Endangered and Extinct Fish, by: Jennifer Boothroyd (Bocaccio Rockfish, pgs. 10-11) Endangered and Extinct Mammals, by: Jennifer Boothroyd (Asian Elephants, pgs. 6-7)
  • Students will develop an understanding of the work of a scientist, the tools, and processes used to develop conclusions.
Homework Offered
Most of the work will be completed in class. I will ask that uncompleted pages be completed with a parent or older sibling's help. Completing all the pages will help the student best understand the material.
Assessments Offered
Each unit has a unit review page that parents are welcome to use as a test. If your state promotes keeping a homeschooling portfolio, you may want to consider tearing these pages out to keep with other tests.
Grades Offered
Grades are provided upon request.
English language learners should be at a CEFR level A2, B1, or higher before taking this class. If their level is lower, I would like to suggest my 1st grade class.
ruler that measures both inches and centimeters, scissors, paper, pencils, colored pencils or crayons, student write-in textbook
The ISBN # for the book is 978-0-544-77838-2 (2017). The book is a great price and can be found on Amazon at this link:  

Optional supplies:
food coloring, 3 jars, tape measure, balance, thermometer, measuring cup, hand lens
Please always keep an eye on your child during class. Please assist them when we use scissors or complete experiments. 
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