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Science 2

Saskatchewan Curriculum - Grade 2 Science

* The new Saskatchewan Science Curriculum is currently in Draft Mode and will be posted once it is ready. The draft copy can be found here.

Grade 2 Complete Faith Permeation Document (PDF) (DOC) (Teachers are strongly encouraged to use this document)

Unit: Habitats
  • Appreciate the intricacy of the environment.
      • Investigate the characteristics of the woodland, grassland, desert, pond, or ocean environments.
      • Compare many different environments.
      • Observe and describe the local environment.
  • Recognize interactions which occur within the environment.
      • Show how the nonliving environment affects life.
      • Describe how plants or animals adapt to changes in their environments.
      • Recognize relationships which exist between plants and animals in an environment.
Unit: Magnets
  • Investigate magnetism through direct experience.
      • Predict whether an object will be attracted to a magnet.
      • Identify objects which can be attracted to magnets.
      • Identify substances which can be magnetized.
      • Locate the poles of various types of magnets.
      • Observe the attraction and repulsion of magnetic poles.
      • Identify some uses of magnets.
      • Discover the parts of a magnet where the attraction is the strongest.
      • Use a compass to determine the direction of the magnetic north pole.
Unit: Plant Growth
  • Identify and describe the parts of a plant.
      • Identify the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers of plants.
      • Compare the flowers, stems, leaves, or flowers of various plants.
      • Observe and record changes in plants as they grow.
  • Describe how plants reproduce.
      • Observe and describe seeds.
      • Compare different types of seeds.
      • Identify the plants which produce different types of seeds.
      • Classify seeds.
      • Identify the conditions necessary for seed germination.
      • Investigate how seeds are propagated.
      • Use vegetative reproduction to produce new plants.
  • Recognize the role of agriculture in our society.
      • Identify some types of grain or seeds grown for food.
      • Identify the parts of different plants that can be used as food.
      • Prepare some food from a commercial
      • Appreciate the importance of agriculture in Saskatchewan.
      • Recognize other uses for plants.
Unit: Weather
  • Observe and record data.
      • Use a thermometer to measure air temperature.
      • Observe and record cloud patterns.
      • Take weather measurements.
      • Construct an instrument for obtaining measurements and collecting data about weather.
  • Describe weather.
      • Describe weather changes that occur from day to day.
      • Describe weather changes that occur with the seasons.
  • Explain the effects of weather.
      • Illustrate how living things adapt to the seasonal changes of the weather.
      • Investigate the relationship between cloud formations and weather.
      • Suggest why understanding weather is important.
      • Describe some effects of weather on agriculture.
      • Show how weather affects our daily lives.
Optional Unit: Air and Water
  • Recognize the importance of air and water to life.
      • Identify those places on a globe or map that depict water.
      • Distinguish between fresh and salt water.
      • Describe the water cycle.
      • Observe indirectly that air is all around us.
      • Explain that virtually all living things require air and water.
  • Recognize that polluted air and polluted water endanger life.
      • Identify some ways in which air and water can become polluted.
      • Describe some ways in which polluted air and water can be harmful.
      • Suggest some things that can be done to keep air and water from becoming polluted.
Optional Unit: Dinosaurs
  • Describe some animals that lived on earth a long time ago .
      • Describe how the earth might have been different a long time ago.
      • Compare the skeletal structures of two or more different dinosaurs.
      • Compare the skeletal structure of a dinosaur to a representation of that dinosaur as it might have appeared when it was alive.
      • Compare the characteristics of meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs.
  • Recognize how information about dinosaurs is obtained.
  • Appreciate that animals and plants are endangered today.
      • Explain what is meant by an endangered animal.
      • Give an example of an animal that has become extinct recently.
      • Identify several different types of living things that are endangered today.
      • Give some reasons why certain plants or animals have become endangered.
      • Suggest some ways in which people can help animals or plants that are endangered.
Optional Unit: Foods
  • Identify some of the sources of food.
      • Recognize that food comes from plants and animals.
      • Identify the plants or animals that foods come from.
      • Classify foods according to their source.
      • List foods that are produced on farms.
      • List foods which come from fresh or salt water.
      • Identify foods that come from the stems, leaves, flowers, roots, fruits or seeds of plants.
  • Describe the four major food groups.
      • Classify foods according to the four major food groups.
      • Compare different foods within the same food group or in different groups.
      • Explain the importance of each food group in maintaining health.
  • Value the importance of food.
      • Demonstrate a preference for healthy foods.
      • Develop a preference for wholesome, natural foods.
      • Recognize the importance of a properly balanced diet.
      • Explain why "junk food" should be avoided.
      • Plan a healthy meal or snack.
      • Empathize with people throughout the world who suffer from hunger or malnutrition.
      • Participate in an ethnic festival of foods to celebrate various types of food eaten throughout the world.
Optional Unit: Measuring Matter
  • Measure length.
      • Compare objects to determine their relative size.
      • Sort objects according to size.
      • Measure the length of an object using an appropriate measuring device.
      • Estimate the length of objects and compare the estimates to the measured values.
      • Express the length of an object in arbitrary units.
  • Measure volume.
      • Recognize that mass is conserved when a liquid is poured from one container to another container having a different shape.
      • Determine which of several containers is capable of holding the greatest amount of water.
      • Measure the amount of sand or water that can be used to fill different types of containers.
      • Express the volume of an object in arbitrary units.
  • Measure mass.
      • Compare the mass of several different objects.
      • Use a balance to measure the mass of different objects.
      • Express the mass of an object in arbitrary units.
  • Apply standard units when measuring.
      • Explain what a standard unit is.
      • Suggest why people use standard units.
      • Recognize that most measuring instruments use standard units.
      • Identify standard SI units that are used for measuring length, volume, and mass.
Optional Unit: Oceans
  • Recognize the importance of the oceans of the world.
      • Recognize that the largest bodies of water on the earth are oceans.
      • Explain how the water in the oceans is different from the water in lakes and rivers.
      • Recognize how the water cycle influences weather and life.
      • Describe the movement of water in the oceans.
      • Recognize similarities in landforms found on land and on the bottom of the oceans.
      • Describe some ways in which the oceans are studied.
  • Appreciate the diversity of marine organisms.
      • Describe how plants and animals are adapted to live in the oceans.
      • Explain some of the benefits of marine organisms.
      • Explain how water pollution affects the oceans.
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