Science for 1st and 2nd Grade

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Teacher: Amy
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The Practice of Science

0 Course Introduction 05:12

Welcome to Ms. Amy's first and second grade science course! This video explains the organization of lessons and what this course offers.

1 Lesson 1: Observations 10:31

Students will practice using their 5 senses to make observations.

2 Lesson 1 Activity Review 05:53


3 Lesson 2: Observe vs. Infer 15:26

Students will learn the difference between making an observation and making an inference.

4 Lesson 2 Activity Review 07:24

Observe vs Infer

5 Lesson 3: Introduction to Scientific Inquiry Part 1 12:20

Students will learn how the scientific inquiry helps scientists understand the world

6 Lesson 3 Acitivity Review 04:45

Introduction to scientific inquiry

7 Lesson 4: Scientific Inquiry Part 2 10:47

We engaged in scientific inquiry by conducting an experiment using an M&M in water.

8 Lesson 4 Activity Review 05:42

Scientific inquiry part 2

9 Lesson 5: Introduction to Matter 13:28

Vocabulary words associated with matter

10 Lesson 5 Activity Review 04:10


11 Lesson 6: Reversible Changes vs Irreversible Changes 10:58

Students will understand how reversible changes means that an object can go back to its original form, whereas irreversible changes cannot go back to the original form

12 Lesson 6 Activity Review 05:24

Reversible vs irreversible changes

13 Lesson 7: Changing States of Matter 10:21

How matter can change from one state to another

14 Lesson 7 Activity Review 03:24

Changing states of matter

15 Lesson 8: Water 10:38

Water as all 3 states of matter

16 Lesson 8 Activity Review 02:57


17 Lesson 9: Scientific Tools 11:37

Introduction to some common scientific tools

18 Lesson 9 Activity Review 05:14

Scientific tools

19 Lesson 10: Putting it All Together 13:20

Applying concepts learned throughout the unit to conduct the crayon experiment.

20 Lesson 10 Activity Review 07:40

Putting it all together

21 Lesson 11: Unit 1 Review 13:54

Game to review lessons in unit 1

22 Lesson 11 Activity Review 11:37

Unit 1 review

Energy and Forces

23 Lesson 12: Energy 11:50

Introduction to energy, forms of energy, and how we use it.

24 Lesson 12 Activity Review 05:11

Introduction to energy

25 Lesson 13: Light vs Sound Energy 11:54

Comparing and contrasting light and sound

26 Lesson 13 Activity Review 02:54

Light vs Sound

27 Lesson 14: Thermal Energy 10:19

Watching the effects of heat energy

28 Lesson 14 Activity Review 05:42

Thermal energy

29 Lesson 15: Introduction to Forces 10:31

Different types of forces

30 Lesson 15 Activity Review 05:03

Introduction to forces

31 Lesson 16: Pushes and pulls 11:16

Categorizing examples of pushes and pulls

32 Lesson 16 Activity Review 05:06

Pushes and Pulls

33 Lesson 17: Gravity 14:48

Understanding the effects of gravity

34 Lesson 17 Activity Review 05:04


35 Lesson 18: Friction 10:33

Observing the effects of friction

36 Lesson 18 Activity Review 04:59


37 Lesson 19: Magnets Part 1 12:22

Demonstrating how magnets are a force that can pull some objects

38 Lesson 20: Magnets Part 2 10:24

Magnets can push or pull

39 Lesson 19 and 20 Activity Review 04:58


40 Lesson 21: Unit 2 Review 12:51

***For the question "what are magnets attracted to?" other possible answers could include other types of metal, like cobalt and nickel. 

41 Lesson 21 Activity Review 13:51

Study guide questions for unit 2

Organization and Development of Living Organisms

42 Lesson 22: Body Parts Part 1 12:58

Functions of the brain, heart, and lungs

43 Lesson 22 Activity Review 04:16

Brain, Heart, and Lungs

44 Lesson 23: Body Parts Part 2 11:31

Functions of Muscles, Bones, Stomach

45 Lesson 23 Activity Review 04:42

Muscles, Bones, and Stomach

46 Lesson 24: The Basic Needs of Living Things 13:54

What plants and animals need to survive

47 Lesson 24 Activity Review 05:35

The basic needs of plants and animals

48 Lesson 25: Desert Environment 09:54

How plants and animals are able to have their needs met in the desert

49 Lesson 25 Activity Review 09:54

Living things in the desert

50 Lesson 26: Ocean Environment 08:35

How plants and animals are able to have their needs met in ocean environments.

51 Lesson 26 Activity Review 03:45

Interdependency in the ocean

52 Lesson 27:Rainforest Environment 10:20

How plants and animals are able to have their needs met in the rainforest

53 Lesson 27 Activity Review 04:30

Interdependency and adaptation in the rainforest

54 Lesson 28: Life Cycle of a Plant 11:58

Discovering the life cycle and parts of a plant

55 Lesson 28 Activity Review 04:51

Life cycle of a plant

56 Lesson 29: Animal Life Cycles 13:35

Exploring the different life cycles of animals

57 Lesson 29 Activity Review 08:41

Differences and similarities between animal life cycles

58 Lesson 30: Unit 3 Review 10:56

Reviewing the concepts in Unit 3

59 Lesson 30 Activity Review 16:43

Unit 3 Review with study guide

Earth Science

60 Lesson 31: Rocks 11:21

Recognizing that the Earth is made up of different types of rocks

61 Lesson 31 Activity Review 09:06

Rocks and minerals

62 Lesson 32: Soil 12:18

Identifying different types of soil: loam, sand, and clay

63 Lesson 32 Activity Review 02:11

Different plants need different soil

64 Lesson 33: Sun 10:40

How the sun can heat up air, water, and land

65 Lesson 33 Activity Review 03:31

Sun & The water cycle

66 Lesson 34: Wind 10:36

Understanding that wind is moving air

67 Lesson 34 Activity Review 03:10


68 Lesson 35: Weather Patterns 12:01

Understanding the 4 seasons

69 Lesson 35 Activity Review 03:16

Weather patterns and the 4 seasons

70 Lesson 36: Types of Severe Weather 11:30


71 Lesson 36 Activity Review 02:33


72 Lesson 37: Types of Severe Weather 13:17


73 Lesson 37 Activity Review 05:56

Tornadoes & Keeping an emergency kit

74 Lesson 38: Types of Severe Weather 12:26


75 Lesson 38 Activity Review 04:01


76 Lesson 39: Types of Severe Weather 11:42


77 Lesson 39 Activity Review 03:00


78 Lesson 40: Unit 4 Review 11:15

Reviewing the concepts in unit 4

79 Lesson 40 Activity Review 14:44

Unit 4 Study Guide

Course Overview

This “1st and 2nd Grade Science” video course covers a year’s worth of material aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science. The course provides students with a strong foundation in understanding what it means to think like a scientist and engage in scientific inquiry (making observations, collecting data, asking questions about the world). This course is designed to be interactive and engaging for young learners.

This course includes:

  • 4 UNITS
  • 39 REVIEW VIDEOS FOR EACH EXERCISE (I review each worksheet or activity problem and provide the correct answer)


Course Goals

Upon completion, students will be able to move on to 3rd grade scientific concepts and objectives, focused on strategic thinking and complex reasoning. Students will be able to raise questions about the natural world and investigate them through exploration and systematic observations, while being able to come up with appropriate explanations.

Target Audience

First and second graders

Course Requirements

There is no prerequisite required in order to complete this course.

Course Topics

Unit 1-The Practice of Science

Lessons in Unit 1: Practicing observations and inferences, understanding scientific inquiry, matter, reversible vs. irreversible changes, how matter can change states, exploring water, scientific tools, comprehensive unit 1 review

Unit 2- Energy and Forces

Lessons in Unit 2: Introduction to energy, light and sound, thermal energy, types of forces, categorizing pushes and pulls, understanding the effects of gravity, observing friction, magnets, comprehensive unit 2 review

Unit 3- Organization and Development of Living Organisms

Lessons in Unit 3: Functions of the brain, heart, lungs, bones, muscles, stomach, basic needs of plants and animals, exploring interdependency and adaptations in the desert habitat, ocean habitat, rainforest habitat, parts of a plant, plant and animal life cycles, comprehensive unit 3 review

Unit 4- Earth Science

Lessons in Unit 4: rocks and minerals, types of soil, the sun and the water cycle, wind, weather patterns and the 4 seasons, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, comprehensive unit 4 review

The resources section offers suggestions for extra practice. Here students can find record sheets, songs simple experiments, hands-on activities, and research outlines for further extensions of learning. In this section you will also find answer keys for the online quizzes. 

  • Teacher: Amy
  • Areas of expertise: Elementary Education
  • Education: M.Ed.
  • Interests: reading, biking, painting, creative writing, traveling
  • Skills: TEFL certified
  • Associations: National Association of School Psychologists
  • Issues I care about: Education, Save the Children, environmental issues, resources/quality of life for veterans

I know that all students are capable of success and creating a better future by utilizing their unique skills, talents, and academic achievements. As an educator, I hope to not only help students reach mastery of certain standards and objectives, but to also develop a lifelong love of learning. My goals are to encourage students to remain curious, ask many questions, and give them the skills and resources to find the answers to their questions.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Answer Key for Online Quizzes

Answer key for each short quiz that follows every video lesson.

Observing States of Matter

A simple chocolate experiment to see how chocolate can change states of matter

Observation Record Sheet

Record sheet that records observations using the 5 senses. Can be used for different activities included with resources.

Using Scientific Tools

Practice using scientific tools to explore an object's properties.

Mystery Bag

See if you can guess the mystery object without using your sense of sight.

Matter Song

Remember the states of matter through a song.

Gravity Song

Song about gravity

Magnet Song

Song about magnets as a force

Making Objects Move

Compare how different objects move when you blow, push, or pull.

Comparing Falling Objects

Watch gravity at work when you drop different objects.

Racing Toy Cars

Explore friction by making different ramps for toy cars

Model of the Lungs

Learn how to make a model of the human lungs.

Grasslands Habitat

Research the grasslands habitat and how plants and animals depend on each other.

Wetlands Habitat

Research the wetlands habitat and how plants and animals depend on each other.

Human Body

Make an outline of your body and label some parts.

Tornado in a Jar

Learn how to make a tornado in a jar.

Thunderstorm in a Cup

Make a thunderstorm in a cup

Weather Tracker

Record sheet to keep track of the weather for the week.

Classifying Rocks

Practice classifying rocks based on different properties.
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