Science

Science

Science in the first grade is divided into five different units of study
with various added interest related items that have to do with the seasons
of the year.

The core curriculum is divided into five units of study that each takes
about 2 months to complete.

September - October
   The study of Monarch butterflies encompasses their life cycle from eggs
to adult butterflies. Live specimens are brought into the classroom and
students observe the changes that take place. They release the butterflies
to begin their migration to Mexico.

November - December
The study of Balancing and Weighing is a Science-to-Go Kit.
It is a 16-lesson unit that provides activities that help children explore
different ways to balance objects. They explore different strategies for
comparing objects.
Later they compare one object with a standard unit to determine its weight.
Assessments are provided through questions and challenges for evaluating
student progress.

January-February
The study of dinosaurs includes exploring the various kinds of dinosaurs,
the time periods involved, their habitats, eating habits, sizes and weights.
Various activities are included to provided hands-on explorations about
dinosaurs. A class trip is provided by the district to The Academy of
Natural Sciences to see dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur-dig and also see the
new butterfly exhibit.

March-April
The study of Air and Weather, which is also a Science-to-Go Kit,
develops an interest in air and weather. Students experience air as a material
that takes up space, can be compressed into smaller space and is able to
move objects. Students observe and describe changes that occur in weather
over time. They become familiar with instruments used by meterorologists to
monitor air and weather conditions.

May-June
These months are devoted to teacher made units of study, which could
include the study of the ocean, shells and sea creatures.


Assessment

Demonstrates content knowledge

Shows curiosity and interest