2nd Grade Science Learning Activity: Beaufort Scale
The Beaufort Scale was developed by an Irish sailor named Francis Beaufort. Beaufort created the scale to measure wind speed. Even though the scale was created in the early 19th century it is still used today, especially at sea. Use the activity below to see what different levels of the scale look like. Then check outside and see if you can tell at which level the wind is currently blowing.
This interactive activity is embedded in our Second Grade Science 2 course.
Students perform experiments to develop skills of observation and analysis, and learn how scientists understand the world. They demonstrate how pulleys lift heavy objects, make a temporary magnet and test its strength, and analyze the parts of a flower. Students will explore topics such as:
- Metric System-liters and kilograms, and how scientists use them
- Force-motion and simple machines; physicist Isaac Newton
- Magnetism-magnetic poles and fields; how a compass works
- Sound-how sounds are made; inventor Alexander Graham Bell
- Human Body-cells; the digestive system
- Geology-layers of the earth; kinds of rocks; weathering; geologist Florence Bascom
- Life Cycles-plants and animals