Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Science/Health Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the National Common Core Standards.   The standards are correlated with the Common Core ELA and Math Standards  when applicable.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation.  Science and Health are often  integrated in the overall Religion, Literacy, Math and Physical Education  program at the primary level of instruction while maintaining some independent  experiences as well.

The content of second grade  science is centered around the following Common Core domains: Structure, Properties, and  Interactions of Matter

  • evaluate natural or designed objects  to explain how the properties of the materials suit different purposes
  • collaborate with others to design and  build an object from a small set of pieces to solve a technological problem
  • provide evidence that some changes  caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot
  • measure and compare the physical  properties of objects

Earth’s Changing  Surface

  • obtain and communicate information  that water exists in different forms within natural landscapes and determines  the variety of life forms that can live there
  • investigate how wind and water can  move Earth materials from one place to another and change the shape of  landforms
  • design, test, and refine a  technological solution that would prevent changes to land caused by wind or  water and communicate the solution using sketches, drawings, or physical models
  • obtain and share information how  landforms provide homes for living things

Interdependence of Organisms and Their Surroundings

  • construct a representation in which  plants and animals depend on their environment and each other to meet their  needs
  • ask question to clarify ideas about  how plants may depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around
  • plan and carry out investigations to  test whether plants from different settings have different needs for water,  sunlight, and type of soil
  • observe and compare the many kinds of  living things that are found in different areas
  • analyze a representation of a particular  habitat showing the locations and shapes of   both land and water features of that habitat and communicate how the  land and water support animals and plants
  • construct an explanation about the  effect of environmental changes – whether slow or rapid – on the survival of  plants and animals that live there
  • obtain and communicate information  that some kinds of animals and plants that once lived on Earth are no longer  found anywhere, although others living now may resemble them

Pushes and Pulls

  • investigate the effect of pushes and  pulls in different directions on the resulting motion of objects
  • investigate the effect of pushes and  pulls of different strengths on the resulting motion of objects
  • construct an explanation for why an  object subjected to multiple pushes and pulls might stay in one place or move
  • analyze data to determine the  relationship between friction and the motion of objects
  • analyze data to determine the  relationship between friction and the warming of objects
  • develop and share a design solution  to reduce friction between two objects
  • plan and carry out investigations how  the change in motion and/or shape when objects touch or collide is related to  the speed of the objects