Second Grade Science: Teaching Kids Science at Home
Similar to other subjects, science topics slowly progress as children get older. In the second grade, what your children learned in the first grade will be reviewed and new, but related ideas will be introduced. Teaching kids science is still very easy in the second grade, and you should supplement what they learn in school by also teaching them at home.
For second grade life science, your child will be learning about living and non-living things, the food chain, the health and growth of plants, animals, and humans, as well as the circle of life. Teaching kids science in the second grade can be supplemented by helping them raise a simple plant. The concepts of food, water, health, and growth can all be seen in this plant. If you allow your child to keep a pet, or if you have a family pet, you can also teach your children about second grade concepts as you care for your pet.
Earth science in the second grade builds up on what was learned in the first grade. It talks about the properties of soil and sand, and how these can form mountains, hills, plateaus, and how water can cut through the earth to make oceans, rivers, and lakes. Teaching kids science in the second grade also furthers the discussion of day and night, but this time explains the moon and its cycles, as well as how it gets its light from the sun. During the second grade, your child's math class will teach them how to read the time. The projects section will show your child how to make a cardboard sun dial, and how to tell the time based on shadows. This builds up on the first grade project of shadows wherein students learned that shadows change depending on the time of day. This time they will be able to tell the time of the day depending on the shadow they see on their dial.
Second grade physical science continues to discuss matter and energy in very basic forms, but it also introduces magnets. Magnets can be very fun toys for children, as it seems to have an invisible power over objects. Teaching kids science at home can be slightly dangerous when it comes to magnets. Small round magnets can be mistaken for marbles or food by other little children, and swallowing them can affect a child's internal organs severely. Try to use very large magnets and ones in odd shapes so that your children will not be tempted to swallow them. The project on magnets under this section shows children how magnetic strength can weaken depending on certain factors. The other earth science project further builds on and explains other aspects of heat energy.
As the concepts become more complex, the project become more fun. Keep encouraging your children towards science by helping them through simple activities you can do around your home!