Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Grade 2


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Notes for Teachers

I hope you will find these links useful. I have tried to select resources that either directly address the benchmarks, or that work well for supporting them. If you use a different resource from my site when you cover a topic, please click the "Suggest a video" link to let me know, so I can add it to the list. Also, if you find that one of the resources that i suggested really does not work for the topic, let me know that too.

Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science.


  • SC.2.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration and systematic observations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

  • SC.2.N.1.2 Compare the observations made by different groups using the same tools.

  • 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.1.4 Explain how particular scientific investigations should yield similar conclusions when repeated.

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

  • SC.2.N.1.6 Explain how scientists alone or in groups are always investigating new ways to solve problems.

Big Idea 6: Earth Structures

Big Idea 7: Earth Systems and Patterns


  • SC.2.E.7.1 Compare and describe changing patterns in nature that repeat themselves, such as weather conditions including temperature and precipitation, day to day and season to season.
    Nephoscope video
    Finding Your Way video
    Cloud Types video
    Global Science video, free, ClosedCaptions
    Pine Cone Weather text page, free

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

  • SC.2.E.7.3 Investigate, observe and describe how water left in an open container disappears (evaporates), but water in a closed container does not disappear (evaporate).

  • SC.2.E.7.4 Investigate that air is all around us and that moving air is wind.
    Nephoscope video
    Air Space video

  • SC.2.E.7.5 State the importance of preparing for severe weather, lightning, and other weather related events.

Big Idea 8: Properties of Matter

Big Idea 9: Changes in Matter

Big Idea 10: Forms of Energy


  • SC.2.P.10.1 Discuss that people use electricity or other forms of energy to cook their food, cool or warm their homes, and power their cars.
    Review Energy-3 practice

Big Idea 13: Forces and Changes in Motion

Big Idea 14: Organization and Development of Living Organisms

Big Idea 16: Heredity and Reproduction

Big Idea 17: Interdependence


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