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Kansas Science Standards for 2nd Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about the science standards used to guide instruction for 2nd grade students in Kansas. Get information about what students will study and the tasks they'll learn to complete. You can also find helpful study resources.

2nd Grade Science Standards in Kansas

Kansas public schools have integrated the Next Generation Science Standards into their own state guidelines for student learning. Known as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science, these standards focus on helping students gain scientific knowledge while allowing them to develop skills related to the sciences. These standards are broken into three main educational areas:

2nd Grade Science and Engineering Practices

These standards cover the abilities students will work on in this grade. Not only will kids need to be able to complete a collaborative scientific investigation, they'll also need to analyze data, use observations to explain natural phenomenon and work with evidence to make a scientific argument. Kids will also learn to construct a model to explain the concept they're studying in class. Students can get help ensuring they understand the skills they're learning by checking out these science basics lessons.

2nd Grade Disciplinary Core Ideas

These core ideas go over what students will be studying in class. They'll have the chance to focus on these main scientific concepts:

Physical Science

While studying physical science, students will consider the different properties of matter and how some of them are affected by changes in temperature. Students will also develop an understanding of how smaller objects can be used to create larger ones. Going over these topics is easy with this lesson on the properties of matter. Kids can access interactive quizzes as they work on these lessons, allowing them to measure what they're learning as they study.

Life Science

Students in this grade will consider what plants need to grow and reproduce. They'll also learn what kinds of creatures live in various habitats. Students can work on these short and fun lessons on plants to get more information about how plants function. They can also explore the different types of ecosystems with these environmental science lessons.

Earth and Space Science

In this grade, students will consider changes to the Earth that take place over long and short periods of time. They'll learn about methods used to prevent wind and water from affecting the landscape as well as the uses of maps and the locations of water on Earth. These geology lessons can help students go over what they're learning about earthquakes, volcanoes, the processes of weathering and erosion and other phenomena affecting the surface of the Earth. These lessons can be reviewed at any time, making it easy for students to study when they're ready to learn.

Engineering Design

2nd graders will also develop engineering skills. They'll learn how to understand a problem before they begin working on it. Additionally, they'll be able to study the value of considering multiple solutions before they choose the right one. Students interested in improving their understanding of engineering can check out these engineering lessons for extra help with these concepts.

2nd Grade Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting concepts help students apply their knowledge at different grade levels. These concepts teach students how to observe patterns and collect scientific evidence that can be used to assess the cause of a particular phenomena. Additionally, students will consider how the natural world inspires scientific discoveries. Connections between the function and form of structures will also be covered. Different rates of change will be discussed as well.

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