2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans

These 2nd grade science lesson plans consists of all the lesson plans that were written for the 2nd grade science core taken from the 2003 Utah State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Elementary CORE Academies from 2002 through 2010. Some of them are ones that I have written to fill in some gaps. Others lessons and resources will be added as time goes on. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me.

These lesson plans are here to help you teach science where you won’t need to search. If you use them and you see mistakes in the writing, content, or something is not coming through, please contact me at paul.nance@jordandistrict.org and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.

Click on the link below to view and download your 2nd Grade Utah State Science Core.

2nd Grade  Standards and Objectives with Descriptions

The 2nd Grade State Science Core  is mixed in with the Kindergarten and 1st Grade State Science Cores just so you can see what the other two grades are teaching and how the content strands develop and dovetail in from one grade to the next.

Each objective has an “Objective Strategy Page”.  The “Objective Strategy Page” is found at the end of each “Objective Lesson Plan List”.  This page gives you other ideas of how to teach the objective effectively. I am also going to try develop more lesson plans from those ideas to put on this page.


Standard I: Intended Learning Outcomes

The Process of Science, Communication of Science, and the Nature of Science

Standard I is not a standard that is to be taught by itself.  It is not be taught as a stand-alone content. Standard I are the Intended Learning Outcomes that are to be woven into your teaching of Standards 2, 3, and 4.  Standard I are the prescribed skills needed to do the activities in Standards 2, 3, and 4 for students to know the processes of science, communication of science, and the nature of science. Standard I is at the first to remind teachers that as they teach Standards 2, 3, and 4, that these skills are to be used in teaching the science content. Therefore, there are no activities listed here.


Standard 2: Earth and Space Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Describe the Characteristics of different rocks.

  1. Rocks, Rocks Everywhere
  2. All Sorts of Rocks
  3. Mystery Rocks
  4. I Spy
  5. Rock Star Centers
  6. Mineral Munch
  7. Rock Hounds
  8. How to Make a Rock
  9. Standard 2, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Observe and record recognizable objects and patterns in the night sky.

  1. I See the Moon
  2. Standard 2, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 3 Lesson Plans–Observe, describe, and measure seasonal weather patterns and local variations.

  1. Utah’s Meteorologists
  2. High in the Clouds
  3. Weather Wizards
  4. Weather Ways
  5. It Looked Like
  6. Calendar and Weather Book
  7. Standard 2, Objective 3 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 2

None at this time.


Standard 3: Physical Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Communicate and observations about falling objects

  1. Gravity
  2. Standard 3, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Compare and contrast the differences in how different materials respond to change.

There are no lesson plans for Standard 3, Objective 1 at this time.

  1. Standard 3, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 3

None at this time.


Standard 4: Life Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Tell how external features affect an animals’ ability to survive in its environment.

  1. How Do I Survive?
  2. Plants and Animals
  3. Plant and Animal Communities
  4. Cool Collectibles and Super Sorts
  5. Standard 4, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Identify basic needs of living things (plants and animals) and their abilities to meet their needs.

  1. Life’s Different Seasons
  2. Plants Have Parts
  3. Plant and Animal Changes (1)
  4. Plant and Animal Changes (2)
  5. How Weather Affects Animals
  6. Sprout Houses
  7. Tadpole Diary
  8. Creature Creation
  9. How Animals Prepare For Winter
  10. Standard 4, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 4

None at this time.


Resources for 2nd Grade Science

  1. 2nd Grade Standards and Objectives with Descriptions
  2. Big Ideas For 2nd Grade Students to Learn
  3. What 2nd Grade Students Should Understand, Do, and Know