Science – Grade Two

Boats and Buoyancy

Crawling and Flying Animals







Exploring Liquids


Digital Resources for Division One Science in Alberta

! Here is a list of websites for division one science compiled by

Field Trips/Outreach/General Websites:

Hands on Science:

Let’s do Science:

Scholastic Teacher Resources:

Learn Alberta:

Excellent resources for all subject areas – Worthwhile Learning:

Excellent resources for all subject areas – 2Learn:

Educational Games in Science:

The Bennett Centre:



Grade 1

Topic A:  Creating Colour

Identify and evaluate methods for creating colour and for applying colours to different materials.


Mixing colours:

Colour mixing:

Paint Splat:

Mix and Paint:

Catch a rainbow:

Colour wheel:

Primary and Secondary Colours:
Meaning and symbolism of colours:

Print outs and activities:

Paint Splat:

Colour Combo:




Topic B:  Seasonal Changes


Describe seasonal changes, and interpret the effects of seasonal changes on living things.


The Best Season Lesson Plan:

Make your own thermometer:


Dress Caillou:

Cycles in Nature:

Weather games:

Earth Science Modules:

Weather lessons:

Daily and Seasonal changes:

Sticks and the Seasons:

Wacky Weather:
Be a season detective:

Signs of the Seasons:


Topic C:  Building Things


Construct objects and models of objects, using a variety of different materials.  Identify the purpose of different components in a personally constructed object or model, and identify corresponding components in a related object or model.


Grouping Materials:

Sorting and Using Materials:

Everyday structures:

Blocks – a digital building toy:

Building Things:

Doors Open Alberta:

Building Things Unit Plan:

Building Things:

Cracking Dams:

Characteristics of Materials;

Lego Digital Designer:



Topic D:  Senses


Use the senses to make general and specific observations, and communicate observations orally and by producing captioned pictures.  Describe the role of the human senses and the senses of other living things, in enabling perception and action.


Brainpop Senses:

Five Senses:


Senses Lesson from Alberta Ed Agriculture:$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agic6637/$FILE/what_am_i.pdf

Exploring the Five Senses:

Human and Animal Senses:

Matching Senses:


Topic E:  Needs of Animals and Plants


 Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things.


Plants and Animals:

Growing Plants:

Is it alive:

Being Alive Lesson Plan:

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things:

Create a soil environment:

Watch it Grow:

Predator and Prey:



Grade 2

“I can” statements:

Topic  A :  Exploring Liquids

Describe some properties of water and other liquids, and recognize the importance of water to living and nonliving things.  Describe the interaction of water with different materials, and apply that knowledge to practical problems of drying, liquid absorption and liquid containment.


Exploring liquids movie:

Exploring liquids lesson:

Materials and their properties:

Liquids, colour and temperature:

The Water Cycle:

Changing State:

Water Conservation around the house:

Droplet and the Water Cycle:

Changing State Animation (SMART Board):

Water Treatment:

Kelvin Adventures – What water?

Water Cycle:

States of Matter:


Topic  B:  Buoyancy and Boats


Construct objects that will float on and move through water, and evaluate various designs for watercraft.


Floating and Sinking Interactive activity:

Build a Boat Flash Animation:

Sink or Float Lesson Plans:

How to make a paper boat:

Float like a Boat:

Buoyancy Game:



Topic C:  Magnetism


Describe the interaction of magnets with other magnets and with common materials.


Magnets and Springs:

Magnets animation:

Magnet Man experiments:

Electromagnet Game:







Topic E:  Small Crawling and Flying Animals


Describe the general structure and life habits of small crawling and flying animals; e.g., insects, spiders, worms, slugs; and apply this knowledge to interpret local species that have been observed.



Insect hunt:

Minibeast Identification:

Going Buggy:

Lets talk about insects:

National Geographic Videos: Alike and Different, Caterpillar to Butterfly, How Many Bugs? Many Kinds of Birds, Carnivores
Herbivores, Black Widow Spider, Protection and Much More, Scorpions, Skunks, Bats are Helpful, Bugs in the Soil, Flies are Harmful,
Flowers Need Insects,

Basic needs of animals:

How to care for a small animal:

Bee Basics:

Bug Games:

Worm World:

Pest World:

Make an insect mask:



Grade 3

Topic A:  Rocks and Minerals

Demonstrate knowledge of materials that comprise Earth’s crust, and demonstrate skill in classifying these materials.


Rocks and Soils:

Components of Soil Mystery:

Activities to create metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks:

Mohs’ Hardness Scale:

Mineral Identification:

Interactive Rock cycle:

Rocks and Soils:

Drag and drop rock cycle:

How rocks are formed:

How rocks are formed:

Types of rocks:

Types of rocks:

Mineral properties:

Minerals in your house:

Rockin Alberta Resources:

Identify Rock Types:

School of Rock:









Topic B:  Building with a Variety of Materials

Topic C:  Testing Materials and Designs


Use, safely, a variety of tools, techniques and materials in construction activities. Construct structures, using a variety of materials and designs, and compare the effectiveness of the various materials and designs for their intended purposes. Evaluate the suitability of different materials and designs for their use in a building task.


Grouping and Changing Materials:

Build a tipi:

Mr. Zippy’s Trainers:

Types of Bridges:

Structures around the world:

Lesson plan for building paper structures:

Lesson plan for bridge construction (modify as it is for grade 5):

Everything about structures:

Henry Builds a cabin:

Great Structures of the World:

Goldburger to Go:

Design Game:

Paper Structure Design:

Spaghetti Bridge:

Egg Tower:

Coin Stacking Bridge:

Gum Drop Structures:

File Card Bridges:

Characteristics of Materials:

Building Big:

Crayon Physics:



Topic D:  Hearing and Sound


Describe the nature of sound, and demonstrate methods for producing and controlling sound.


The Senses:  Hearing:

How do we hear:

Sounds in the Ocean:

How we hear:

Identifying and Sorting Sounds:

Physics of Sound:

Changing Sounds:

Many experiments and lesson ideas – word docs:,%20Loudness%20and%20Sound%20Technology

Sound Sandwich Activity:

Sounds from the orchestra:

The Sound site:

Everything sound:

Topic E:  Animal Life Cycles

Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments. Identify requirements for animal care.


Animal life cycles:

Classifying Critters:


Lesson idea for classifying:

Lifecycle webquest:

Life cycle interactive animation:

Sequencing life cycle of a butterfly:

Salmon Life cycle:

Frog Metamorphosis:

SMART Board life cycle activities:


Habitats game:

Food Chains:

Interdependence and Adaptation:

Animal Adaptations:

Animal Web Cams

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