Landforms, Fast & Slow Earth Changes Second Grade Science Unit - NGSS

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This resource is an in-depth 2nd grade landforms and earth changes unit with detailed, science lesson plans and lab experiments. Students learn features of landforms and bodies of water, explore weathering, erosion, and deposition through lab experiments, and gain understanding of the causes and effects of Earth changes and events that occur both quickly and slowly. Students explore tools people use to prevent or slow wind and water from changing the shape of the land.

Students are introduced to science practices, such as planning and carrying out investigations, making observations, building and testing models, collecting and analyzing data, and designing solutions to real-world problems.

The 7 high-interest lessons in this unit use real photographs in a detailed teaching Power Point. Each lesson is followed by science journal and center activities, partner discussion questions, videos, and creative hands-on lab investigations.

Click here for a digital companion to this unit with narrated audio lessons on Google Slides.

Aligned to 2nd grade NGSS and commonly taught state science standards, this flexible 3 week unit includes step-by-step lesson plans and picture directions for each lesson and lab. The unit can be shortened to two weeks, depending on the number of labs you choose to do. A multitude of high quality focus wall resources, posters, vocabulary and objective cards, science center activities, and more, support each lesson.

What's inside:
-Unit planning binder with dividers and tabs
-Teacher Guide with Unit Overview and Pacing Guide
-3 weeks of detailed, step-by-step, scripted lesson plans
-7-Lesson Teaching Power Point with extension activity slides after each lesson.
-7 Hands-on lab investigations

-31 Full-page Landforms & Earth Changes Posters using real photos
-Guiding Questions, Learning Target posters, Lesson objective cards
-Student science journal with follow-up practice pages for each lesson

-Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in the blank)
-Final Assessment with optional pages for differentiation
-Easy grade answer keys for all resources
-Related read aloud book list and video links media guide

4 Literacy and Math-Based Science Centers

Reinforce science content as students practice these literacy & math skills:

Sequencing Cause & Effect


Comparing & Contrasting

Applying Vocabulary

Solving Math Word Problems

Lesson Topics

Lesson 1: Describing Earth’s Land

Lesson 2: Exploring Earth’s Water

Lesson 3: Mapping Land & Water

Lesson 4: Earth’s Processes-Fast Changes

Lesson 5: Earth’s Processes-Slow Changes

Lesson 6: People Change the Earth

Lesson 7: Protecting Earth’s Land and Water

Lab Experiments/Investigations

Students explore, build models, recreate simulations and design solutions in the following labs:

Design a Landform Island using salt dough or Air Dry clay

Map & Measure Distances

Comparing Features of Landforms with simple Play-Doh models

How Do You Map a Mountain? Making Topographic maps

Save the Lighthouse Erosion Lab

How Do Plants Prevent Landslides? Landslide simulation

Design & Build a Windbreak Wind Erosion Lab

*Please see the preview for details and pictures of all materials and labs included in the download.

CLICK HERE for a list of materials needed to do the investigations & labs.

Note: This is a very large unit that downloads as a zipped folder with 3 separate files inside. CLICK HERE for directions to open a ZIP file.

Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

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Additional 2nd Grade Science Units:

Scientists & The Scientific Method Gr 2-3

Properties of Matter

Habitats & Ecosystems

Landforms & Earth Changes

Plant & Animals Needs and Life Cycles

Engineering Design

Life Cycle of Plants

Butterfly Life Cycle

Landforms Building & Writing Project

2nd Grade DIGITAL Science Units with Audio Lessons:

Properties of Matter Digital

Habitats & Ecosystems Digital

Scientists & The Scientific Method Digital

Earth Changes & Landforms Digital

Plant & Animal Needs and Life Cycles Digital

Engineering Design

2nd grade science leveled reading passages:

Properties of Matter PRINT & DIGITAL

Landforms & Earth Changes PRINT & DIGITAL

Habitats & Ecosystems PRINT & DIGITAL


Click HERE for all 3rd grade science units.

Total Pages
271 pgs. + 100 slide PowerPoint
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of timescales.
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. Examples of solutions could include different designs of dikes and windbreaks to hold back wind and water, and different designs for using shrubs, grass, and trees to hold back the land.
Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. Assessment does not include quantitative scaling in models.


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