Week 9 Science Lessons: STEM Challenge (2nd Grade)

I am so excited to have so many lesson plans ready to teach for each week of the school year! You can now have one less stress this school year!! This is for elementary science grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th since those are the grades I have curriculum for. I don’t want you to miss out on a single free lesson plan, so make sure you sign up right now to get these sent straight to your inbox!!
If your school follows a different order of standards than I do, you can check out my elementary science scope and sequence to see which weeks line up with your school’s scope. Here is your stress-free lesson plan for the week.

Standards Covered:


2.5 (D) combine materials that when put together can do things that they cannot do by themselves such as building a tower or a bridge and justify the selection of those materials based on their physical properties.


PS1-3 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object. Examples of pieces could include blocks, building bricks, or other assorted small objects.

PS1-2Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency. Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.

Guiding Question:

How can matter change?

The Lesson:

And now, for all the fun and engaging learning! Click the image to grab your printable lesson plan for the week. Click any image in the post to grab the whole lesson set that’s ready to print and teach.

To make my life easier, I plan each each with the same structure. Students like the routine and it helps them know what to expect for each day of the week.

This is a simple week of STEM challenge task rotations. 2 rotations each day may allow for extra time in your day for catching students up or for meeting in small focus groups as needed. Science Says, Diagram Quick Draws, or Seasonal Writing Prompts can make a great addition to this week if needed.

Grab this lesson for a fun week of problem solving!

If you have time left over any day of the week, you can play a couple of my favorite review games that prep students for state testing later on. Science Says and Diagram Draws are a fun way to make science words and science diagrams stick throughout the year. I love to play Science Says anytime we have extra time in class or my students just need a brain break.

You made it! The weekend is near!!

I hope this gives you some good ideas for a whole week of learning. My goal is to provide you with engaging lessons that are ready to go each week so you can spend far less time planning and prepping, and far more time spoiling yourself **because you deserve it!** Enjoy your weekend!!

To make your teacher life even easier, I have put my lesson activities and materials into easy to use files. This saves all the time we spend scrolling and collecting lesson resources. Just print and add simple lab supplies! Or, go digital for NO PREP! No making copies, and the lab is virtual – Talk about saving your sanity.

STEM Challenge Lesson Set

2nd Grade

Everything you need for a week of learning. Printables, lesson plans, teacher instructions. Just add simple lab supplies for a low prep week.

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