I'm super-proud to announce the beginning of my Next Generation Science for 1st Grade line! The first unit is "Earth's Place in the Universe" and it is a summer-long labor of love. I happen to LOVE the mysteries of space and this unit was a pleasure to develop.
1) Meet Next Generation Science Standards for 1st Grade: Earth’s Place in the Universe, AND
2) Make your life EASIER!
Included is everything (well, almost everything) you need for this unit. The teaching of science requires some materials, but I have chosen simple, everyday tools you most likely already have in your classroom.
There are 11 lessons in this unit and a unit test (including writing a “how-to” piece for informative writing), covering major standards under Next Generation Science Standards--Earth’s Place in the Universe, PLUS the cross-cutting concepts AND connections to ELA and Math Common Core.
Books about the movement of the sun, moon and stars
Whiteboard version of this unit (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the SmartBoard version or Activinspire version for this unit after you purchase!)
globe, flashlight, small amount of clay, toothpick flag, large Judy clock (or just draw a clock on a dry-erase board), crayons, scissors, glue sticks
Lesson 1: I can use observations of the sun to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Lesson 2: I can recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Lesson 3: I can observe, describe and predict seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset.
Lesson 4: I can make observations (or use observations from various media) at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
Lesson 5: I can make observations to collect data that can be used to make comparisons.
Lesson 6: I can use a globe and a flashlight to model how different locations on Earth receive different amounts of daylight each season.
Lesson 7: I can use observations of the moon to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Lesson 8: I can use observations to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions.
Lesson 9: I can use observations of the stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Lesson 10: I can identify patterns to describe phenomena and use data as evidence.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Lesson 11: I can participate in a shared research and writing project by reading information on a given topic in this unit and use this information to write a sequence of instructions.
*SUPER-IMPORTANT! SL.1.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood--Covered in EVERY Lesson!