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Physical science studies provide the foundation for creative activities with second-grade students. Creative movement enhances lessons on actions, motions, force, and push and pull. Students build “wacky machines” that combine illustrations and collaborative movement activities. To plan, organize, and record their movements, students use charts and corresponding descriptions of each movement. For their final assessment, students demonstrate and teach their machine performances to first graders.


CCSS English Language Arts
RI 2.1, RI 2.3, RI 2.7, W 2.5, SL 2.1, SL 2.2, SL 2.3, SL 2.4

NGSS Science
K-2-ESS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2

CA Arts Standards
2.DA.Cr1a-b, 2.DA:Cr2a-b, 2.DA:Cr, 2.DA:Cr3, 2.DA:Pr5a-c

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