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Science Studies Weekly-Trailblazer Let your second-graders blaze their own science trails as they read engaging articles and enjoy hands-on labs in each week's issue. Students will discover a universe of ideas, from energy to ecosystems and from volcanoes to Venus, all in their very own full-color magazine. And since it's standards-based, you can rest easy!

Studies Weekly's comprehensive lesson-planning tools are specially designed to help you meet your required state standards, and our student editions are a great way to teach science in a fun and friendly format kids love. Traditional classroom teachers and home school teachers alike, will love Studies Weekly. Every week, students will devour their magazine, filled with standards-based science lessons featuring introductions to science concepts written especially for the second grade student. There are ideas and instructions for hands-on labs, full-color photos and illustrations, and much more!

Subscribers will receive their Science Studies Weekly-Trailblazer student editions in 24 magazines, delivered in four quarterly shipments. For orders of 10 or more subscriptions, a complete teacher supplement that's filled with extension activities, tips and guidelines is provided free, and you will also receive a poster-size "Big" edition of each issue, perfect for classroom instruction as well as a visual aid. There are also many online teacher resources available on our website at

Standards correlations for this second grade publication that outline standards coverage in your state, as well as a scope and sequence, are available by clicking on the "Products and Prices" area at the top left of each web page. (If your state correlation for this publication does not appear, check back often.)

Those who order Science Studies Weekly-Trailblazer may also enjoy the following animated DVDs, available for purchase from American Legacy Publishing: Galileo, Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell.

See how Science Studies Weekly-Trailblazer can help in your 2nd grade classroom by looking through the scope and sequence below.

Week 1 - Welcome to Science This issue introduces students to Science Studies Weekly. Students will learn that everyone can do science and that working with others can be helpful. They will also learn that scientists can learn by observing and by doing.
Week 2 - The World of Science Learn about some common science tools and discuss scientific investigations. Students will also learn that it is important to describe things accurately and to compare observations with others. Students will understand that it is important to repeat investigations and to expect similar results.
Week 3 - Safety  Learn about the importance of safety in the science lab. Students will discuss some safety equipment and learn some basic rules for staying safe when doing investigations and making observations.
Week 4 - Earth  Identify rocks, soil and water as the basic materials that make up Earth. Students will learn about the three layers of Earth-crust, mantle and core. They will also learn some ways that Earth changes.
Week 5 - Water  Expand their knowledge of the Earth's waterways-oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. and will understand that clean water is important to all living things. Students will learn that water can exist as a liquid, a solid or a gas.
Week 6 - Weather  Explore the types of weather that happen on Earth. Students will compare weather patterns from season to season and learn about how seasons affect plants and animals. Students will also learn about safety procedures to follow during severe weather conditions.
Week 7 - Space Learn that many objects are in space. They will investigate the phases of the moon and recognize its different shapes. Students will describe stars in terms of brightness, size and patterns.
Week 8 - The Sun  Learn that the sun provides light and heat for the Earth. Students will discuss how the rotation of the Earth is responsible for sunrise and sunset in a 24-hour period. They will learn how rainbows are formed.
Week 9 - Living Things  Expand Students' knowledge of the basic needs of all living things and how they meet those needs. They will learn that living things of all kinds have structures that serve various functions and that all living things are made of cells.
Week 10 - Plants Understand that many different kinds of plants live in different environments on Earth. Students will identify various plant structures and the functions they perform. They will also explore the life cycles of plants.
Week 11 - Animals  Learn that many different kinds of animals live in different environments on Earth. Students will learn that many animals use plants for shelter. They will also explore the life cycles of animals.
Week 12 - People
Understand that people have different systems that perform different functions-circulation, digestion, respiration, etc. and will recognize the parts of the body that are associated with those systems.
Week 13 - Growing and Changing  Learn that living things need energy to grow and that they change as they grow. Students will explore ways that living things get energy. They will also learn about the life cycle of humans from infancy to adulthood.
Week 14 - Be Healthy Learn that getting regular exercise helps us stay healthy. Students will learn about foods that we should eat often and foods that we should eat less often. They will also discuss ways to avoid getting sick and understand that doctors, nurses and medicine can help us get better.
Week 15 - Families  Students will recognize similarities and differences in animals and their parents. They will understand that people depend on plants, animals and each other to survive. They will also learn that people can influence the quality of life of those around them.
Week 16 - Homes Learn about some of the different habitats on Earth that plants and animals call home. Students will understand that we can associate living things with their environments by looking at their structures, e.g., fins and gills allow fish to swim and breathe underwater.
Week 17 - Share the Earth  Understand that people need to use resources carefully, so that they don't run out. Students will discuss ways to conserve resources. They will also learn that some living things are in danger of becoming extinct and need to be protected.
Week 18 - Matter  Learn that all objects are made of matter and that different materials are used to make different things. Students will learn that matter can exist in different states and understand the difference between solids, liquids and gases.
Week 19 - Matter Changes  Learn that people can change some properties of matter by doing something to them, e.g., cutting, heating, freezing, etc. Students will also learn that different materials respond in different ways when people try to change them. Students will understand that some materials can be mixed together and then separated again.
Week 20 - Energy Explore how matter and energy interact. Students will learn that heat can be produced in different ways and that all living things need energy that comes from food.
Week 21 - Move It  Students will discuss how things move-in a straight line, back and forth, fast, slowly, etc. They will learn that pushing or pulling can change how things are moving. They will also learn that vibrations cause sounds.
Week 22 - Forces Continue to explore the relationship of force and motion. Students will learn about natural forces like gravity and magnets.
Week 23 - Systems  Learn that most things are made of parts that work together and that things may not work if parts are missing. Students will understand that, put together, parts can do things they couldn't do separately. Students will learn about a model energy system such as an aquarium.
Week 24 - Technology Students will expand their knowledge of how technology can help make people's lives better. They will discuss important changes in technology in the past and present. They will also understand that when people want to build something new, they should try to figure out how it will affect other people.

Science Studies Weekly - Trailblazer Covers up to 100% of Second Grade Common Core Standards