All resources in NC Second Grade Educators

Creative Writing Collaboration

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Creating a story is not an easy task. What should I write about? Who will the characters be in my story? What will happen? These are all questions that every author needs to answer before their story can take shape. Storybird is an online community that provides original artwork to inspire students. The artwork sparks their imagination and supports story creation. Collaboration can take place when students invite others to work on their story with them.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Module

Author: REMC Association of Michigan

Sort It Out

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In this project, students will use knowledge of electricity and electromagnetism to collaboratively design and test a model of a magnetic recycling sorter. They will evaluate the performance of their models and propose further modifications based on the output of their magnetic device measured in mT using a Vernier probe. They will also physically test their magnets on a model of a conveyor belt containing recyclable items. Students will track their data from both tests, with the ultimate goal of creating the strongest and most effective magnet with given materials. Finally, students will present their findings and proposed final design to peers and community partners involved in the recycling industry. The entire process takes about 6 weeks. The unit is a great fit for standards within energy and engineering & design.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Simulation, Student Guide, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Autumn Erickson, Rick Haas, Sara Burgin

100 Number Chart

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For this interactive, students place numbers on the correct spot of the 100 chart. There are two levels of difficulty. Beginner-students are given one line of the 100 chart with two missing numbers at a time & advanced-students are shown the entire 100 chart with twenty missing numbers. Students receive a funny surprise at the end of the activity.

Material Type: Interactive


2.NBT Looking at Numbers Every Which Way

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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: 127 is a number. Write it as a sum of 100's, 10's, and 1's. Write its name in words. Draw a picture to represent the number. Locate it on the number li...

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

T4T Strategies for Adding & Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers

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This resoruce is from Tools4NCTeachers.Second graders use a variety of strategies based on place value and number relationships to add and subtract multi-digit numbers.  The first attachment in this resource outlines strategies for adding 3-digit numbers, and the second attachment outlines strategies for subtracting 3-digit numbers.Second graders are not taught the standard algorithm. 

Material Type: Reference Material, Teaching/Learning Strategy


T4T Gr 5 C6 Task- Long Jumps

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This task is from Tools 4 NC Teachers. Students will explore a task where data is presented data of length measurements in a table and they must convert the distances. This task includes multi-step problems and go beyond the Standard. This is remixable.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Formative Assessment

Author: Drew Polly

How Tall Are We?

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Kindergartners measure each other's height using large building blocks, then visit a 2nd and a 4th grade class to measure those students. They can also measure adults in the school community. Results are displayed in age-appropriate bar graphs (paper cut-outs of miniature building blocks glued on paper to form a bar graph) comparing the different age groups. The activities that comprise this lesson help students develop the concepts and vocabulary to describe, in a non-ambiguous way, how height changes as children get older. The introduction to graphing provides an important foundation for both creating and interpreting graphs in future years.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Mary R. Hebrank

Schoolyard Field Trip: Frog Tales

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In this virtual resource, students will explore a frog's unique life cycle and listen to sounds of several frogs that are native to NC. They will investigate and evaluate their schoolyard for frog habitat through mapping. The wakelet site features videos demonstrating hands-on activities for students to complete at school in small, socially-distanced settings. Activities may also be adapted for at-home learning. Some activities incorporate an outdoor component, acknowledging the need to balance screen time with green time to support mental health. Tips for taking your students outside can be found here:

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Erin Hines

Space Place Live! with Donya Douglas

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Cartoon characters from the NASA Space Place Web site, present their own 6-7 minute talk show live from the Space Place Clubhouse. The show presents space program scientists and engineers as role models for kids and encourages them to pursue their dreams. In each episode, the guest presents a short science or technology concept, and also talks about their job, their hobbies, and how they got interested in a career in science or engineering. In this episode, thermal engineer Donya Douglas of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center talks about her challenging job to design ways to keep the three tiny Space Technology 5 spacecraft at the right operating temperature in space, without adding much to their mass or need for electrical power.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading