First and Second Grade Science

1st Grade Science Units

Science Unit 1 - Sorting Things Out – 1PS

Students sort objects by their observable properties and explore the interaction of different material and magnets. States of matter are introduced through solids keeping their shape and liquids taking the shape of the container.


Science Unit 2 & 3 - Weather Watchers – 1ES

Weather Watchers unit is taught in 2 quarters to span seasons and increase observations in changes in weather and seasons. Students collect weather data, temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, and precipitation over a long period of time. They relate their weather observations to the changes in seasons. Weather observation tools are introduced, thermometer, rain gauge, and windsock.


Science Unit 4 - An Animal’s Life – 1LS

Students study the basic needs of animals for survival and the life cycle of animals. The painted lady is observed through its life cycle and common schoolyard animals are observed in a model habitat. Students observe and care for the animals.

2nd Grade Science Units

Science Unit 1 - Measuring Matters – 2PS

Measuring Matters focuses on common objects and substances and their physical properties that can be observed and measured. Students describe objects and substances and identify the properties of matter through the application of measurement and material composition.


Science Unit 2 & 3 - Earth’s Land and Water – 2ES

After identifying and designing models of landforms and bodies of water, students explore how water exists on Earth in three states and the movement of water on land and through the atmosphere. Students apply their knowledge to help identify sources of water and what is usable. Lessons include identifying and keeping track of uses of water in the classroom, home, and community. Students design a plan for water conservation.


Science Unit 4 - A Plant’s Life – 2LS

Students explore the parts of a plant, what they do, and how they contribute to its survival. Through planting seeds and observing their growth, they examine the life cycle of plants and consider their importance to the survival of all living things.