2nd Grade Florida Science Standards

Instructor: Leah Salyer
The Florida state science standards for 2nd grade encompasses all of the information that is expected for students to know by the time they exit the 2nd grade. A description of the bodies of knowledge and the standards associated with them is outlined below.

Bodies of Knowledge

The bodies of knowledge are the main categories under which state standards or expectations are listed. For 2nd grade science in the state of Florida, these bodies of knowledge include the nature of science, earth and space science, physical science and life science. A more detailed description of each body of knowledge and some examples of the standards associated with them are outlined below.

The Nature of Science

The nature of science encompasses the ability for students to ask questions about the world around them, make observations, learn to investigate and focus on how scientists may arrive at their conclusions. Examples of the standards associated with this body of knowledge are listed below.

SC.2.N.1.3.Ask 'how do you know?' in appropriate situations and attempt reasonable answers when asked the same question by others.

SC.2.N.1.5.Distinguish between empirical observation (what you see, hear, feel, smell, or taste) and ideas or inference (what you think).

Resources for the Nature of Science Body of Knowledge

Consider taking a look at this chapter on Science Basics for Elementary School to enhance any lessons or activities that you may use when teaching the standards listed above.

Earth and Space Science

The earth and space science body of knowledge deals with any subjects related to Earth and space and the scientific process related to them. Examples of standards associated with this body of knowledge is listed below.

SC.2.E.6.1.Recognize that the Earth is made up of rocks. Rocks come in different shapes and sizes.

SC.2.E.7.2. Investigate by observing and measuring that the Sun's energy directly and indirectly warms the water, land, and air.

Resources for the Earth and Space Science Body of Knowledge

When writing lesson plans with this body of knowledge in mind, take a look at these chapters on Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Science and Weather to give you some ideas on lessons you can use with your students.

Physical Science

Physical science deals with the kinds of objects and substances that exist in the world around us including identifying if objects are solids, liquids, or gasses as well as investigating how some properties can change under the appropriate circumstances. Some standards included under this body of knowledge are listed below.

SC.2.P.8.5.Measure and compare temperatures taken every day at the same time.

SC.2.P.10.1. Discuss that people use electricity and other forms of energy to cook their food, cool or warm their homes, and power their cars.

SC.2.P.13.2. Demonstrate that magnets can be used to make some things move without touching them.

SC.2.P.9.1. Investigate that materials can be altered to change some of their properties, but not all materials respond the same way to any one alteration.

Resources for the Physical Science Body of Knowledge

Take a look at these chapters on Physics and Chemistry when you're writing lesson plans or creating activities with this body of knowledge in mind.

Life Science

Life science involves the classification of all living things through scientific study including how to compare the basic needs of animals and how to observe life cycles. Examples of standards listed under this body of knowledge are listed as follows.

SC.2.L.14.1 Distinguish human body parts (brain, heart, lungs, stomach, muscles and skeleton) and their basic functions.

SC.2.L.16.1. Observe and describe major life stages in the life cycles of plants and animals, including beans and butterflies.

SC.2.L.17.2 Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs.

Resources for the Life Science Body of Knowledge

These chapters on Biology, Body Systems, Animal Facts and Plant and Fungi Facts can be a great resource for lessons or activities associated with the life science body of knowledge. Elementary School Science Worksheets can help teachers check student understanding.

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