Learn by Doing STEAM Activity Reader Book Grade 2 – Soccer Balls, Bridges and Butterflies


TPS Publishing Inc, and partners have created the ‘STEAM Reader Activity Books,’ to teach science concepts through creative and fun stories relevant to the daily lives of students, while at the same time providing opportunities to teach technology, engineering, arts and math. Using the STEAM approach, science is encountered in an integrated fashion, linked to technology, engineering, arts and math, more relevant to the everyday lives of students.

The STEAM Reader Activity Books can be used as an important introduction to familiarize the students with the science concepts and language before they are taught in a more traditional context. The books can also be used as an important tool to provide a review of the science concepts and language after the curriculum has been taught. They can also be used to help engage students who require extra help understanding the science concepts. The books also provide an opportunity to review key math and English review.

The science concepts taught in the books are directly linked to the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills break outs.

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Within this STEAM Reader Activity Book, the students of Second Grade at Sunny Street Elementary School continue their journey with our readers. The following describes key content areas in the book and is meant as a general summary as is not comprehensive of content.

In second grade our readers will learn about energy, force and movement of objects through a soccer game where Rosa kicks the winning goal for a game. Our readers will record weather and use it to prepare the clothing for a forest field trip. When hiking in the forest our readers will follow the class as they learn about how the intensity of light energy can influence the perception of color as they get lost in a forest.

As the class learns about the patterns of objects in the sky, our readers will learn about the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth and where the Moon goes when it mysteriously disappears for certain days of the lunar month.

Our readers will learn about the physical properties of matter as they watch class member Zane blow out his birthday candles and observe the wax cooling and changing from a liquid to a solid. They will use this knowledge to classify matter based upon its physical properties. They will then design engineer and build a bridge using materials based upon their physical properties.

Our readers will follow the class as they learn about the conservation of water when they see how much water can be lost from a dripping faucet. They will learn about the Earth as a blue planet and the relative abundance of freshwater and saltwater.

Finally, our readers will learn about the basic needs of living things, their adaptations, and life cycles as the class incubates butterflies. They will read how the class gets surprised when they incubate a mystery caterpillar only to see it develop into a large moth. They will continue their study of living things with plants as they learn about their basic needs with carnations grown in their garden.


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Elementary, Grade 2

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