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2nd Grade Science

[Balance and Motion] [New Plants] [Air and Weather]

 

 

Balance and Motion - Grade 2

 

1. Foss web site on Balance and Motion

URL: http://www.fossweb.com/modulesK-2/BalanceandMotion/index.html

2. Balancing Frogs
URL: http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/steps/students/5%2D6years/machines/frogs.htm
Balance frogs on a seesaw in this online activity.
Modules: Balance and Motion, Levers and Pulleys

3. Benham Disk
URL: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/col_benham/index.html
Check out this optical illusion website that includes an interactive Benham Disk similar to the one that students place on their tops.
Module: Balance and Motion

4. Exploratorium Snacks
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/balancing_stick.html
Directions for investigating how to balance a stick on your hand—should a clay weight sit on top or at the bottom?
Module: Balance and Motion

5. Exploratorium Snacks
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/center_of_gravity.html
Here is a simple way to find the balance point of any long, thin object. All that is needed is a long stick (like a meter- or yardstick) and a lump of clay.
Module: Balance and Motion

6. Exploratorium Snacks
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/downhill_race.html
Directions are given for making two rolling "wheels" from cookie tins. Inside, magnets are placed in the center or around the rim to compare how the added weight affects the wheels speeds.
Module: Balance and Motion

7. How Rollercoasters Work
URL: http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/roller-coaster7.htm
Examine the principles that keep coaster cars flying around their tracks and look at the hardware that keeps everything running, as well as the forces that make the ride so much fun.
Modules: Balance and Motion, Models and Designs

8. How Stuff Works: Water Slides
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/water-slide2.htm
Illustrations and photographs show the construction of an intricate water slide, which looks like a fantastic classroom runway construction.
Module: Balance and Motion

9. The Yo-Yo Guy
URL: http://www.yoyoguy.com/info/yoyo/
The official Yo-Yo Guy tells how to set up your yo-yo and do tricks.
Module: Balance and Motion

 

 

 

 New Plants - Grade 2

 

1. Foss web site on New Plants

URL: http://www.fossweb.com/modulesK-2/NewPlants/index.html

2. Cool Science
URL: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/vegquiz/veggie.htm
Match plants to the names of the plant parts in a salad that includes delicious stems, leaves, fruit, flowers, and roots.
Modules: New Plants, Trees, Structures of Life

3. ENature
URL: http://enature.com/
This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
Modules: New Plants, Insects, Animals Two by Two, Trees, Environments, Structures of Life

4. Enchanted Learning
URL: http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/themes/plants.shtml
Enchanted Learning offers a wonderful collection of nursery rhymes, crafts, coloring pages, and science background about plants, appropriate for K–3 plant scientists.
Module: New Plants

5. Journey North
URL: http://www.learner.org/jnorth
Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
Modules: New Plants, Insects, Animals Two by Two, Air and Weather

6. Kidsgardening
URL: http://www.kidsgardening.com/
The National Gardening Association provides parents and educators with ideas, resources, and information. Check here for grants for school garden projects.
Modules: New Plants, Trees, Structures of Life

7. Wheat Page
URL: http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/wheatpage
Kansas State University agronomist Jim Shroyer picked a spot in a wheat field north of Manhattan, Kansas, to show the cycle of wheat from field preparation in August to bread the following July. The photos are great! Go to Wheat Watch in the Kids Corner to click dates of photos you want students to view. At the primary level, the text is informational for the teacher, but students love the photos. Submitted by Cindy Garwick, Bluemont Elementary, Manhattan, KS.
Module: New Plants

 

 

Air and Weather - Grade 2

 

1. Foss web site on Air and Weather

URL: http://www.fossweb.com/modulesK-2/AirandWeather/index.html

2. Cool Science
URL: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/airjunk/index.htm
Find out what solid particles are in the air you breathe.
Module: Air and Weather

3. How Do Rainbows Form?
URL: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/science/rainbow.php
Find out how rainbows form on this colorful website from NOAA.
Modules: Air and Weather, Ideas and Inventions, Weather and Water

4. Journey North
URL: http://www.learner.org/jnorth
Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
Modules: New Plants, Insects, Animals Two by Two, Air and Weather

5. Mount Washington Observatory/Weather
URL: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/index.php
View the conditions at the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, one of the windiest places on Earth.
Modules: Air and Weather, Weather and Water

6. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
URL: http://www.noaa.gov/
Find out about the programs administered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on this website, which includes everything from hurricanes to weather satellites.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

7. National Severe Storms Laboratory
URL: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/nssl/index.html
The National Severe Storms Laboratory is one of NOAA’s internationally known research laboratories, leading the way in investigations of all aspects of severe weather. Headquartered in Norman OK, the people of NSSL, in partnership with the National Weather Service, are dedicated to improving severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

8. National Weather Service Homepage
URL: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
The home page for the National Weather Service.
Modules: Air and Weather, Water, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

9. National Weather Service/Interactive Weather Information Network
URL: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/
A great source for real-time weather information, observations and warnings.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

10. National Weather Service: Lightning Safety
URL: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/
Check this site for handouts, indoor and outdoor safety tips, medical facts, history, survivor stories, photos, teacher tools and more.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

11. NOVA Online: Storm Chasers
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/imax/stormchasers.html
This site provides extensions to the NOVA program, Stormchasers.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

12. Parachute History
URL: http://www.parachutehistory.com/eng/drs.html
Although the Historical Review page is written for adult readers, it includes a variety of parachute designs that fascinate young students, from the earliest attempts to cutting-edge parachute designs.
Module: Air and Weather

13. USA Today Weather
URL: http://asp.usatoday.com/weather/weatherfront.aspx
This USA Today site provides weather forecasts and a variety of information about weather and how it works.
Modules: Air and Weather, Solar Energy, Weather and Water

14. Wind Mapping with Bubbles
URL: http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_windbubbles_athome.html
This activity from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History describes how to use bubbles to map your local winds. This activity is part of the Tryscience.org collection from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).
Modules: Air and Weather, Weather and Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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