Second Grade topics typically include
comparisons of different types of communities (Native American, pioneer settlers, and natural plant/animal/fungi) through investigations during a series of field visits to Champoeg State Park; parallel explorations here on the campus; functions and parts of trees; how forests and other natural communities work. Culminates with three-day overnight.
how to read, use, and make a map; use of a magnetic compass.
Metric system measurement—
introduction to and practice with basic metric units of distance (M, dm, cm, mm) and mass (Kg, gm).
gears, levers, balances, pulleys, and related tools; what simple machines are and how they help us do work; gear ratio and speed; fulcrum and load; simple and compound; energy transmission, transformation, and loss.
vertebrate and selected invertebrate groups; herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore; predator and prey; adaptation and habitat; components of a habitat; how adaptations affect where an organism lives; our part in our local environment.