In this science station, students read about and explore types of maps. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned. The Explore Science station is part of the Shape of Our World Second Grade Science Stations
This station is also available in a larger bundle of 8 stations at a discount of 35%. Instead of paying $2.59, you only pay $1.50 per station for 8 stations on Shape of Our World Second Grade Science Stations
Included are direction sheets, reading passages in three formats, activity directions and sheets, differentiated response forms including short answer, fill-in-the-blank, cut and paste, and task cards, and an answer key.
The Shape of Our World Include
► Big Idea Posters
that explain the core ideas of the stations.
► Vocabulary Cards
in two formats with and without pictures.
- Students watch a video in order to learn about globes or about landforms and bodies of water. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students play a game in order to learn about types of maps or learn how to read a map. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about the compass rose on maps and how to use a compass. They make a compass in order to investigate this. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about maps and scale. They make a map of the classroom, drawn to scale, and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Read a Passage
- Students read about how maps show details of plate tectonics. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about bodies of water and put together a map in order to create a model of where bodies of water are with respect to landforms. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
Students read about and explore types of maps. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about types of landforms and how they are made. They sort them into categories of whether they are being built up or eroding. They then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
In Second Grade, students are expected to demonstrate understanding in the following area:
• 2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
This correlates with the DCI 2-ESS2.B
, which states:
• Maps show where things are located. One can map the shapes and kinds of land and water in any area.
The Investigate, Model, and Explore stations correlate with the Engineering Design DCI ETS1.C
, which states:
• Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs. (K-2-ETS1-3)
The Investigate, Diagram, Model, and Explore stations meet the Science and Engineering Practices
• Developing and Using Models: Modeling in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagram, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions. Develop a model to represent patterns in the natural world. (2-ESS2-2) The Investigate, Diagram, Explore, and Model Stations use models to compare different types of maps or mapping tools.
• Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions: Constructing explanations and designing solutions in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to the use of evidence and ideas in constructing evidence-based accounts of natural phenomena and designing solutions. Compare multiple solutions to a problem. (2-ESS2-1) The Investigate, Diagram, Explore, and Model Stations allow students to compare maps or mapping tools. They can optionally compare these between groups.
• Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in K–2 builds on prior experiences and uses observations and texts to communicate new information. Obtain information using various texts, text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons), and other media that will be useful in answering a scientific question. (2-ESS2-3)Every Station in this set provides students with information about maps. Moreover, the Diagram, Explore, and Model Stations allow students to gain information about maps by making maps and mapping tools.
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