2nd Grade Physical Science
[Constructing and Reflecting] [Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Health]
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
I (introduce), P (practice), M (master)
The following benchmarks can be found in UNIT D: Solids, Liquids, & Gases Labs & Activities


Print Material:

Field Trips:

  • Cranbrook States of Matter
  • Detroit Science Center States of Matter

IRC Activities:

  • States of Matter
  • Simple Machines DACTA Centers

Units of Practice:
Each UOP, located on the Utica Learning Interchange (ULI), is developed by one of your colleagues, an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Search the UOPs by Subject and Level or by Keyword.

  • Simple Machines at Work (IV.3.E.4)
  • Can You See Through Me? (IV.1.E.1)

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IV.1.E.1 Classify common objects and substances according to observable attributes/properties. P IV.1.E.1

Student will complete an attribute chart (object, color, shape, texture, size) for solids and liquids and write a comparison summary.

IV.1.E.2 Identify properties of materials which make them useful. P IV.1.E.2

Students will identify color, shape, texture, and size of objects.

IV.1.E.3 Identify forms of energy associated with common phenomena. P IV.1.E.3

Students will identify heat and light sources associated with the melting of ice cubes/chocolates

IV.2.E.1 Describe common physical changes in matter - size, shape; melting, freezing (K-2); dissolving, evaporating (3-5). P IV.2.E.1

Students will describe physical changes that occur in familiar objects and the process that occurs.

IV.3.E.4 Identify and use simple machines and describe how they change effort I IV.3.E.4

Students will explore the inclined plane, screw, wedge, wheel & axle, and pulley.

IV.3.E.5 Manipulate simple mechanical devices and explain how their parts work together. I IV.4.E.5

The student will locate a simple machine from home or school and explain how parts work together.

The following benchmarks can be found in Unit B: Light & Color
IV.4.E.3 Use prisms and filters with light sources to produce various colors of light. I IV.4.E.3

Students will be able to identify the difference between mixing color pigments and mixing colored light.

IV.4.E.4 Explain how shadows are made. I and P IV.4.E.4

Students will understand that an object placed in a beam of light casts shadows.

Committee Members:
Danielle Bernier, Deanne Fisher, Pat Kelly, Sarah Pacifico, Rachel Vincler, Jane Winn, and Pat Massimino

Last Revised: Wed, Mar 10, 2004