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Best Nonfiction Science Books for 2nd Graders

The best nonfiction science books for 2nd graders are written to learn about science. When they are in second grade, they are still at an inquisitive age and like to do experiments and hands on learning – especially if the experiment involves dirt and getting messy. These science books teach the student to use proper scientific procedures to do these activities. They are good books to use in classes, or as extra-curricular projects to teach the interested student.

Science Books for 2nd GradersWho Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs

Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs” describes the links in a food chain, how it affects life. The book is illustrated with drawings that show how the food chain works. It covers both land animals and water creatures and the food they eat.

“Who Eats What?” also has exercises to do and suggestions for the student to create his own food chain illustration. This book is written for children aged 4 – 8.

AR BookFinder lists this book as reading level 3.8.

Nonfiction Science Books for 2nd Graders Science in Seconds For Kids

Science in Seconds for Kids” is an experiments book for kids 8 years and up. These experiments are designed to be completed in no more than 10 minutes. These are conducted with simple easily available items such as water, plastic bowls and other common materials.

The 108 experiments are classified into several different areas such as air, animals, magnetism, gravity etc. Instructions include notes as to when adult advice and supervision may be required.

science books for kidsThe Planets In Our Solar System

The Planets in our Solar System” is aimed at children ages 4 to 8. The author, Franklyn M. Branley, presents the solar system as a unit and how the planets relate to each other. He gives temperature, size, orbits and data that compare one planet to another. It’s a great introductory book to the solar system. Branley was the Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium.

“The Planets in our Solar System” features websites to visit with contain additional planet information. It contains instructions on how to make your own solar system mobile and other craft ideas to illustrate concepts in the book.

human body science book for kidsFirst Human Body Encyclopedia

The “First Human Body Encyclopedia” is for children aged 6 and up. It covers body systems and functions in language a child can understand. Books on this subject for children tend to be too simplistic, too deep for the child to understand. This book is between the two extremes.

This is a typical DK book in that it contains photographs and pictures to illustrate the text. It is a complete encyclopedia which will be useful to the child for several years.

Best Nonfiction Science Books for 2nd Graders Hands-On Physical Science Activities For Grades K-6

Hands-On Physical Science Activities For Grades K-6” includes a teacher’s section for activities to stimulate students thinking and reasoning process. The process allows students reaching conclusions based on the experiments and analysis. The hands on activities are grouped into 8 sections and includes matter, light, energy, sound, simple machines, magnets, and electricity.

The books in this series are designed and written to be accessible to both student and teacher. The instructions are easy to follow and the materials easy to find.

fossils books for kidsFossils Tell Of Long Ago

Fossils Tell Of Long Ago” is for 4 – 8 year old children. It tells about fossils as spectacular as a Tyrannosaurus Rex or as simple as a leaf imprint left in a stone. The book defines a fossil as anything preserved from the past to tell about that time. This book has illustrations to show the different types of fossils and how to make your own to be found later.

“Fossils Tell Of Long Ago” show footprints left in mud that has turned to stone with the footprints left intact, and their importance to the fossil record. It explains how sap turns to amber and the entrapped insect is a fossil.

plant books for kidsFrom Seed To Plant

From Seed To Plant” is written for children 5 and older. This book presents basic information in a clear manner. “From Seed To Plant” covers the entire plant cycle from seed to mature plant. It contains colorful illustrations to support the text.

The instruction on growing a plant is contained in a separate section. This covers all the necessary information to use as a class project. Some instructors use this book for older students to refresh their background memory on the subject.

magnet science books for kidsWhat Magnets Can Do (Rookie-Read-About Science)

What Magnets Can Do” contains illustrations that acquaint the young student with the concept of positive and negative poles, what substances magnets attract or don’t attract. “What Magnets Can Do” also includes identifying electro magnets and how they work.

“What Magnets Can Do” is a good basic book to explain magnets properties. It’s a thin book, but covers the subject well enough to be used in class.

This is AR reading level 3.6.

health books for kidsGerms Make Me Sick

Germs Make Me Sick” is a book filled with illustrations and text to define the differences between bacteria, and viruses to second and third grade children. It explains the differences and how they make one sick. “Germs Make Me Sick” tells how germs and disease spread, and hopefully how to keep from getting sick. It stresses the importance of hand washing and hopefully impress the kids enough to do it.

This is a Lets-Read-And-Find Out Science 2 book. It’s well illustrated and explains simply about germy stuff that makes you sick.

AR BookFinder lists this book as a reading level 3.7.

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