In this set of science stations, students learn how water is found in oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds and exists as solid ice and in liquid form on Earth. It includes 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of identifying where water is on Earth and the state of water in those locations. All stations in this set meet the DCI 2-ESS2.C and incorporate ETS1.C. See below for details on how these stations meet the standards and specific DCIs.
Water on Earth Stations Include
► Big Idea Posters that explain the core ideas of the stations.
► Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.
► Watch - Students watch a video in order to learn about the Water Cycle or about water on Earth. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Play - Students play a game in order to learn about the water cycle or about water in geysers. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Investigate - Students read about the water cycle. They investigate this by observing the water cycle in action. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Diagram - Students read about river systems. They put together a diagram and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Read a Passage - Students read about the habitats found in different places and forms of water on Earth. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Model - Students read about types of precipitation. They make a model of this aspect of the water cycle. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Explore Students read about glaciers and explore how they are made. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Sort - Students read about water on Earth. They sort water bodies into habitats in salt water or fresh water. They then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
Now includes all MP3 audio of all text passages. You can access the MP3 via a website or install them on your devices to have students listen to the texts read aloud to them.
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-ESS2-3. Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
This correlates with the DCI 2-ESS2.C, which states:
• Water is found in the ocean, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Water exists as solid ice and in liquid form.
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, Model, and Explore Stations use models to show where water is found on Earth. These models also show the states of matter in which water is found.
• 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, Model, and Explore Stations allow students to come up with a solution to a problem. They can compare solutions 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 water on Earth. Moreover, the Investigate, Model, and Explore Stations allow students to gain information via direct observation of the water cycle and glaciation simulations.
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Additional Second Grade Earth Science resources are available, including reading text and three levels and reading comprehension resources.
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