Landforms 2nd Grade Next Generation Science Unit

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Learning Objective

TSW research, explore and test how Earth's surfaces change.


Learning about landforms and their effects on Earth's surface is a big part of the 2nd grade Next Gen Science Standards. This 4 week in-depth unit gives students hands on activities, STEM challenges and literacy connections, and math connections to help them understand the big idea, "Earth's surfaces change."

See this HUGE 130+ page landforms 2nd grade unit in action ON THE BLOG!


• Landforms 2nd Grade: 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3


• unit outline with the big idea and essential question for each week

• weekly detailed lesson plans

• 12 objective cards plus a blank objective card

• 18 writing prompt pages

• landform vocab word find

• landform vocab crossword puzzle

• 21 vocabulary word wall cards and definitions to use for matching word and definitions or find your partner games

• Anchor Chart Templates in full color and BW: landforms, mountain, valley, plain, plateau, volcano, cave, glacier, canyon, water, pond, lake, ocean, river, invent me steps, why landforms change

• answer keys when needed

• land and water virtual tour project with Google Earth (with math connection page included)

• landform type shared research small group project with QR codes or website links to articles for research

• comparing landscapes project with drone video links and observation pages (3 versions)

• landform photo cards with and without labels and definition cards for the "guess my landform" activity

• "Does Earth Have More Water or Land?" class graph label cards

• Globe Toss game recording sheet

• Land and water math mystery project page

• Bodies of water photo cards with labels

• STEM Challenge direction slides (problem, plan, build, share, publish), planning pages, and publishing pages: Ideal Island & Protect the Sandcastle

• Changing landscapes: discussion photo slide, find your partner photo cards, and recording sheet

• Science Experiment Labs: Earthquake structures, Effects of volcanoes

• Venn Diagram for erosion and weathering

• Weathering and Erosion Exploration Stations: station number and direction cards, recording handout


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.


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