Friday, July 25, 2014

Next Generation Science for 1st Grade is Here!

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.  

Download today from my TpT Store or my Teacher's Notebook Store!

This unit is designed to do 2 things:
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.
Materials Needed:
Books about the movement of the sun, moon and stars
Whiteboard version of this unit (Email 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
Unit Overview
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! 
Also included is a 1st-grade friendly unit test! 

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