It’s time for another of our second-grade activities this week and today is all about states of matter for second graders.
Superheroes are all the rage right now and Pooh is a huge fan of them as well. So, when it was time to talk about states of matter in science, I thought I’d add a little “superpower” to our lesson. And I’m sharing it with all of you today!
Read on to see how we learned about states of matter with our Superhero States of Matter Printable Pack! By the way, be sure to grab our free Superhero Student Planner Pages as well!
Superhero States of Matter for Second Graders Science Lesson
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This printable second grade science lesson includes everything you need to demonstrate the three states of matter with a simple experiment.
The supply list tells you what you’ll need and the instructions, which are written to students, explain how to perform each step.
Printable observation sheets allow students to analyze the experiment’s results.
How to Use the Superhero States of Matter for Second Graders Science Lesson
In the second grade, one of the science objectives to cover involves discussing the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. To help Pooh see how matter can change state and to help him grasp the concept, we did a simple science experiment with water.
The prodcut explains exactly how to do the experiment – step by step. It’s written in a way that second-graders should be able to understand the directions on their own.
But a couple of the steps require adult supervision, so this activity should not be done independently.
We started by observing how water changes from a liquid to a solid after freezing.
Then Pooh wrote down his observations.
After the ice melted, we observed how the water had changed (once again) into a liquid.
Then it was time to learn about the third state of matter: gas! (This is where kids need adult supervision.)
As the water slowly boiled away, Pooh was excited to learn that it was evaporating – converting itself to steam (a gas). He wrote down his final observations and reviewed the experiment’s results.
Look! An actual gap-toothed smile!
Pooh had a blast with this and it was a “super” way to learn about the three states of matter in an hands-on manner.
Like this post? Stop by and see these other science experiments you can try!
And get more tips for teaching science in your homeschool on my It’s Science Pinterest board!
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Don’t forget to visit this week’s posts by the rest of the 2nd Grade Blogging Team!
Super Math Skip Counting from Sugar Aunts
Free Math Printable for Inequalities with Addition from Life Over C’s
Superhero Pattern Stones from Rainy Day Mum
Super Hero Reading Logs from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
I am a Super Hero! Writing Prompt from Creative Family Fun
Superhero Contractions Memory Game from School Time Snippets
Superhero Cityscape Art Project with Van Gogh from Preschool Powol Packets
Create your own Superhero Comic-Photo-Strip from Crafty Kids at Home
Super Hero Self Portrait from Still Playing School
I’m happy to share a brand new pack of printable flashcards with you all today! This time we’re featuring printable Zoo Animal Flashcards!
We go to the zoo often with the kids and they always love spotting new animals or even ones they’ve come to know and love over the years. So I thought that they’d love having some flashcards to learn about new animals and to look out for them when we tour the zoo again.
These would also be a nice introduction to animal diets or animal habitats, especially since so many creatures that live in the zoo require different environments to feel at home.
Read on to see how to get these animal flashcards for yourself! And if you love these, don’t miss our Alphabet Animal Flashcards for early learners!
Printable Zoo Animal Flashcards for Kids
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These cards are awesome for introducing kids to wildlife.
Rather than cartoon animals like our A to Z Alphabet Flashcards, these zoo animal flashcards show actual pictures of animals. Kids will get to actually “see” what these animals look like!
You could use these to help your kids get ready for a trip to zoo!
Try passing out the cards among your kids and challenging them to find as many of these animals as they can during a trip.
You could also have your kids pick one of the cards out of a bag and then do a quick report on it by the end of the week.
These would also be a good busy bag activity for little ones.
Since the product includes one set of animal cards with the animal names and one without the names, kids can practice matching up similar pictures.
Or you could just use the unlabeled cards to introduce wild creatures to pre-readers!
If you’d rather not laminate these, you could just print them on white cardstock like I did. They’ll still hold up to little hands pretty well that way.
Scroll down to get your set of our printable zoo animal flashcards!
Don’t miss these other printable flashcards for kids!
And get more ideas for teaching science on my It’s Science Pinterest board!
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We’ve had some extremely cold weather (for us) recently and we’ve all been stuck indoors. So it’s an excellent time to share a brand new set of Spanish worksheets for kids with all of you! Yay!
This is a super resource if you’re teaching Spanish to your kids in grades PK-Grade 3. It’s a Spanish Telling Time Worksheets bundle – over 40 pages of help to learn how to tell time in Spanish!
Read on to learn how to get yours!
And for more Spanish learning fun, check out our Spanish Family Words Worksheets!
Spanish Worksheets for Kids: Spanish Telling Time Worksheets
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This bundle of Spanish activities is great for kids from preschool to grade 3 and it includes help to learn how to say common Spanish telling time phrases.
The product features printed English and Spanish time phrases, along with tracing sentences and a bonus set of Spanish telling time flashcards! A pronunciation guide for saying the Spanish phrases correctly is also included.
As you’ll see, the Spanish way of telling time is fairly simple. In English, we use “o’ clock” to identify time based on the numbers on the clock face.
In Spanish, though, people just refer to the number of hours. So instead of 1 o’clock, in Spanish you’d say “Es la una“, which literally means “It is one.” No “o’clock” needed!
After 1 o’clock, Spanish time phrases include “Son las dos” (It is two.), “Son las tres” (It is three), and so on.
I’ve also included printables that explain the Spanish expressions for midnight and noon, so you can identify which 12:00 it is with ease!
Plus, there are printable Spanish telling time flashcards for easy practice!
Scroll down to get your Spanish Telling Time Worksheets!
Resources for Learning to Tell Time in Spanish:
To get more practice telling time in Spanish, try these great resources!
- Happy Kid Toy Group Bilingual Learning Clock
- Pop-It Spanish Telling Time Game
- Rosetta Stone Homeschool Spanish (Latin America) Level 1-5 Set including Audio Companion
For more help teaching kids Spanish, check out more of our resources below!
Don’t forget to follow our Foreign Language for Homeschoolers board on Pinterest for more resources!
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It’s time for another entry in our second-grade activity series! This week, we’re talking about how to help second graders count and identify syllables in common words.
With Pooh, we use the typical “clap it out” method to count syllables. So we’ll have him say a word and then for each sound he hears, he claps his hands.
For example, when he says the word “amazing”, he’ll end up clapping three times: A-MAZ-ING. That helps him see that there are three syllables in the word.
To reinforce syllable identification skills, I made a fall-themed syllable counting lesson to teach syllables for second graders. Read on to get your copy of our Scarecrow Syllables for Second Graders activity!
And for more early elementary learning printables, take a look at our Second Grade Learning Bundle! It’s packed with ELA and math resources for grades 1-3!
Scarecrow Syllables for Second Grade Activity
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This printable language arts pack includes 20 second-grade vocabulary words, a full answer key, and a set of instructions.
Kids can sound out the words, count the syllables, and then draw lines to match the words with the correct number of scarecrows to show the right number of syllables.
The product uses typical second-grade vocabulary words, including:
- And 12 more!
How to Use This Scarecrow Syllables for Second Grade Activity
Before we got started with the lesson, I asked Pooh if he knew what syllables were. His response: “Oh yeah, I learned that in school.” Me: “Really? What are they?” Him: “They’re all the letters in a word.”
He was really serious about that explanation.
After we talked about what syllables really were, we tried matching up the words with the right number of scarecrows.
The “clap it out” method worked beautifully!
Looking for more early elementary learning printables? Don’t miss these!
And see more ways to make fall learning fun on my Fall Activities for Kids Pinterest board!
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Check out the other scarecrow-themed posts from the 2nd Grade Blogging Team!
Free Scarecrow Expanded Form Memory Game from Life Over C’s
Make a Scarecrow Literacy Game from Planet Smarty Pants
Scarecrow Measures from Crafty Kids at Home
Scarecrow Silhouette Art Project from School Time Snippets
Scarecrow Compound Word Match Game from Creative Family Fun
Scarecrow Place Value Math from Sugar Aunts
Scarecrow Craft with Landscape from Sallie Borrink Learning
It’s the middle of September and we’re nearing my favorite time of the year: fall! Which gave me a perfect excuse to share some of my favorite free fall printables for kids!
If you’d like to learn about autumn with your children, you might like to look through the list of over 50 free fall learning printables for kids below!
By the way, if you’re ready to stock up on printables for other seasons of the year, don’t miss our roundups of free spring printables for kids, free summer printables for kids, and free winter printables for kids!
50+ Free Fall Printables for Kids
In the following list, you’ll find all kinds of fall printables for kids, including autumn printables, math worksheets, apple activities, scarecrow printables, lapbooks, and more!
If you get a chance to try some of them this year, I’d love to know which ones your children loved the most!
I love teaching shapes to early learners. It’s just plain fun.
There are shapes all around us! So, once you introduce basic shapes to your preschoolers, expect them to point them out everywhere they look.
*Pointing to a window* – “Look, Mommy! A square!”
*Pointing to a plate* – “Look, Mommy! A circle!”
*Me pointing to the toddler bed in which mine should take a nap* – “Look! A rectangle! Don’t you want to get in it?”
(Doesn’t work, by the way.)
These farm shape playdough mats are great for building fine motor skills and shape recognition. And they’re a nice, quiet learning activity for your kids to work with on their own.
And these shape playdough mats are tons of fun too! Kids can use dot markers or playdough to make shapes all by themselves.
Read on to see how to get yours! And don’t miss our list of farm books for kids to read!
Printable Farm Playdough Shape Mats
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This product includes four mats featuring all four basic shapes:
You could also try using stickers instead of markers or laminating them and using them with dry-erase crayons or fingerpaint. There are tons of ways to help kids use these and work on fine motor skills!
One thing about laminating these if you plan to use markers. The ink will smudge, so let your child stand up and use the dot marker. You can just rinse it off afterward and reuse it later!
Hint: These are great for busy bag work too. Just print them two to a page to make miniature shape playdough mats you can place in a busy bag for on-the-go fun!
Add more learning ideas to your farm unit with these posts!
Plus, see even more ways to teach preschoolers on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
To get your copy of our Farm Shape Playdough Mats, click the image or the link below to grab them from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
Reading is a huge part of our homeschooling experience. I’m a bookworm and nothing would make me happier than to raise four little bookworms of my own.
In second grade, one of the objectives is for children to learn to retell the main idea and details of a story. So I put together a printable reading journal for second grade with a cute fall theme! Read on to see how we used them and to get your own!
These would be wonderful for introducing kids to book reports, since you can use them to help students identify author, story, setting, and character. But they’re also a nice introduction to creative writing!
By the way, be sure to check out our second grade reading list for some awesome children’s book recommendations!
Fall Themed Printable Reading Journal for Second Grade
In first grade, Pooh really grew in his independent reading. I want to make sure that he keeps reading for fun this year, but we also want to make sure that he understands what he reads and can explain it to others. Enter a reading journal!
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On the cover page is a spot for kids to write their names on their journals.
The journal includes one cover page and eight journal prompts: two to be used each week.
The first prompt asks students to identify the title of the book, the author, the main character, the setting, the problem, and the resolution. Identifying problem and resolution are the stepping stones to analyzing plot.
On the second prompt page, kids can express their opinions about what they’ve read by explaining what they liked and didn’t like about the story.
They can also flex their creative writing muscles by rewriting the story’s ending their own way.
Since there are four journal sets in the product, you can use this reading journal for an entire month.
Simply print it three times to cover the entire fall season! If you use the journal each month for three months, kids will have read and analyzed 12 stories!
How to Use a Reading Journal for Second Grade
Here’s a look at the reading journal for second grade in action.
For this activity, my second-grader decided to read The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. One of my favorites from childhood, too. 🙂
After reading the book, Pooh started working on his journal. Since we’re just beginning second grade, I don’t mind letting him look back at the story to recall details for his journal pages.
As the year progresses, though, my goal is for him to remember the details on his own. I think as we use the journals more often, he’ll get an idea of what to look for as he reads.
Plus, get more tips for raising readers on my Reading for Kids Pinterest board!
To get your copy of our Fall Themed Reading Journal for Second Grade, pick up our 2nd Grade Learning Bundle! This product, along with three other second-grade learning resources, are inside!
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Visit these sites for more journal activities for 2nd graders:
Apple Writing Prompts and Papers from Sallie Borrink Learning
Roll It and Write! Journal Activity for Kids from School Time Snippets
from Sugar Aunts
Heart to Heart Journals from Still Playing School
Digital Journaling with Kids from Rainy Day Mum
30 Free Journal Prompts for September from Life Over C’s
Connecting Science and Writing from Planet Smarty Pants
This post is part of the Back to Homeschool Helpers roundup! Stop by to see all the wonderful homeschool resources you can grab for free below!
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Misty (Many Seasons of Motherhood)
Joy (Beanpost Farmstead)
Terri (Our Happy Medium)
Summer break is coming up, and I’m in a “beachy” mood. So I decided to whip up some fun Beach 0-9 Number Playdough Mats!
Piglet is starting Tot school this fall and she can recite the ABCs and count to 10. But she doesn’t recognize the letters and numbers yet, which means it’s time to get to work!
I love using playdough to reinforce number recognition, because it’s great for improving fine motor skills, it provides good sensory input, and (most of all) it’s quiet.
She’ll sit there and play quietly with playdough mats for a good 30 minutes. Win!
If you love these, check out our other preschool playdough mats!
Preschool Playdough Mats: Beach 0-9 Number Playdough Mats
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- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper
- Playdough (or make your own with this edible playdough recipe)
Working with playdough is a great way for kids to build fine motor skills – the same skills they’ll need to write numbers and letters later on.
With these mats, kids can make playdough “snakes” by rolling the dough back and forth between both hands and then lay the dough out over the shape of each number.
You’ll want to laminate the mats before you get started or else they’ll only last for one session. 🙂 (Personally, I use the Scotch laminator.)
Since each mat features only one number, you can use them along with a number of the day lesson, allowing kids to focus on recognizing one number at a time.
Scroll down to get your copy of our Beach 0-9 Number Playdough Mats!
Stop by to check out these other summer fun ideas for kids!
See more fun ways to teach preschool on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
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I don’t know what it is about flashcards, but my kids absolutely love them. They’ll collect them, lay them out on the table, pass them around, look at them, and toss them in the air for hours. Truly.
So, I’m beginning a series of free printable flashcards on the blog, which I hope you’ll find to be as useful as we do. We’re starting with a set of free printable flashcards shape cards, which are great for toddlers and preschoolers alike!
I’ll also be sharing some ideas for how you can use the flashcards in your school lessons or in your kids’ after school learning activities. By the way, if you have any suggestions for particular flashcard ideas you’d like to see featured, let me know!
Read on to see how to grab your set of printable shape flashcards for free! And, while you’re here, don’t miss some of our other printable flashcards, including color flashcards and counting flashcards for kids!
What’s In the Free Printable Flashcards Shape Set?
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The pack includes 16 flashcards for the following shapes:
One set of eight flashcards includes the shape names and pictures, while another includes just the pictures. You might decide to use the first set to help kids learn their shape names, and then use the second set to test their memory.
You might also decide to print two sets of each group and use them in a matching game!
Scroll down to get your free printable shape flashcards!
More Resources for Learning Shapes
To make learning about shapes even more fun, try these activities and books for little learners!
Shape Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Free Shape Playdough Mats – 3 Dinosaurs
- Contact Paper Shape Art – Mess for Less
- Stars Preschool Shapes – 3 Boys and a Dog
- Guess the Shapes Activity and Cutting Practice – Artsy Momma
Books for Teaching Shapes
- My Very First Book of Shapes – Eric Carle
- A Circle Here, A Square There: My Shapes Book – David Diehl
- Shapes, Shapes, Shapes – Tana Hoban
- When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins – Rhonda Gowler Greene
If you love these, be sure to see our other printable flashcards!
Plus, get more tips for teaching early learners on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
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Working with basic patterns is an important math concept for early learners. So why not make it fun?
Little ones always love to use their hands whenever they can and that’s why I wanted to make a set of colorful cars pattern clip cards! These little printables are perfect for small hands to work with when learning basic AABB and ABAB patterns. Plus, they’re just fun to look at!
Read on to see how to get a copy of these pattern clip cards for your young learners!
And, if you want more great resources for early childhood, don’t miss our list of the best picture books for preschoolers! There are wonderful stories there to share with little ones.
Colorful Cars Pattern Clip Cards
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This product includes a set of instructions, but the cards are pretty straightforward.
Just cut out each card and then hand them out. (You might want to laminate them for durability.)
Then introduce students to the pattern shown on each card. All of the cards depict either an AABB pattern or an ABAB pattern.
For example, if the card shows two green cars followed by two magenta cars, then the next car in the sequence would be a green car. This would repeat the pattern AABB by starting over again with AA. Once the kids spot the next car in the pattern, they can clip it!
A full answer key is included too!
Scroll down to get your set of our Colorful Cars Pattern Clip Cards!
Don’t miss these other early learning printables!
And see more early childhood learning ideas on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
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