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South Carolina Standards for Second Grade Science

SC.2-1. Scientific Inquiry: The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry, including the processes, skills, and mathematical thinking necessary to conduct a simple scientific investigation.

2-1.1. Carry out simple scientific investigations to answer questions about familiar objects and events.

2-1.2. Use tools (including thermometers, rain gauges, balances, and measuring cups) safely, accurately, and appropriately when gathering specific data in US customary (English) and metric units of measurement.

2-1.3. Represent and communicate simple data and explanations through drawings, tables, pictographs, bar graphs, and oral and written language.

2-1.5. Use appropriate safety procedures when conducting investigations.

SC.2-2. Animals: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the needs and characteristics of animals as they interact in their own distinct environments. (Life Science)

2-2.1. Recall the basic needs of animals (including air, water, food, and shelter) for energy, growth, and protection.

2-2.2. Classify animals (including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects) according to their physical characteristics.

2-2.3. Explain how distinct environments throughout the world support the life of different types of animals.

2-2.4. Summarize the interdependence between animals and plants as sources of food and shelter.

2-2.5. Illustrate the various life cycles of animals (including birth and the stages of development).

SC.2-3. Weather: The student will demonstrate an understanding of daily and seasonal weather conditions. (Earth Science)

2-3.2. Recall weather terminology (including temperature, wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation as rain, snow, sleet, and hail).

2-3.3. Illustrate the weather conditions of different seasons.

2-3.4. Carry out procedures to measure and record daily weather conditions (including temperature, precipitation amounts, wind speed as measured on the Beaufort scale, and wind direction as measured with a windsock or wind vane).

SC.2-4. Properties and Changes in Matter: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. (Physical Science)

2-4.1. Recall the properties of solids and liquids.

2-4.2. Exemplify matter that changes from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a solid.

2-4.3. Explain how matter can be changed in ways such as heating or cooling, cutting or tearing, bending or stretching.

2-4.4. Recognize that different materials can be mixed together and then separated again.

SC.2-5. Magnetism: The student will demonstrate an understanding of force and motion by applying the properties of magnetism. (Physical Science)

2-5.3. Compare the effect of magnets on various materials.

2-5.4. Identify everyday uses of magnets.