Second grade Science is inquiry-based. Research shows that young students work well in a cooperative learning environment. Students are actively involved in exploring phenomena in the natural world, posing questions and seeking answers as they arise.
Students develop simple skills of observation, measurement and number sense as they actively participate in simple investigations. During investigations, students have opportunities to use tools such as magnifiers, thermometers, rulers, or balances to gather data and extend their senses. They have ample time to talk about their observations and compare their observations with those of others.
They are encouraged to employ oral language, drawings and models to communicate results and explanations of investigations and experiments. In a cooperative learning environment, students learn that when people give different descriptions of the same thing, it is better to make new observations instead of debating about who is correct. Students always use appropriate safety procedures, including listening skills, when conducting simple investigations.
Link NC Science Standards: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/science/scos/support-tools/new-standards/science/k-2.pdf