Keep records as appropriate - such as pictorial and written records - of investigations conducted.
|David's big problem|| |
In this lesson students will work collaboratively in guided groups to resolve conflicts while demonstrating respect and kindness with a focus on recognizing the characteristics of responsible citizenship. They will collect data into categories and represent the results using tally marks or pictographs.
|Starry Night!|| |
Students will observe the night sky and keep an observation log of what they see and what questions they develop. The teacher will guide the students to use an organizational chart and the comprehension strategy of asking questions to learn about stars. Nonfiction texts and websites are used as sources of information throughout the lesson.
|Have You Ever Met a Tree?|| The students practice making observations of a specific tree and write about it as though they are a scientist.|
|Design a Tub Toy - An Engineering Design Challenge|| |
This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help students apply the concepts floating and sinking in an engineering design challenge.
|Sink or Float?|| |
This lesson helps students explore different objects that may sink or float. The teacher will begin the lesson with two candy bars. The students will be able to touch and feel the weight of the candy bars and make predictions on whether the candy will sink or float. After the teacher performs the investigation students will be broken up into groups of three to four and will look at ten different objects and predict if they will sink or float. The students will record their predictions. Fill out a table with there findings and write about why there predictions were correct or incorrect. By the end of the lesson students should understand what a prediction is. They should also understand that objects with more air float.
|Seaweed Science|| |
This lesson allows students to begin learning the scientific process of prediction using seaweed. The students will be engaged in a hands-on investigation and will find out that many products they currently eat contain seaweed.
|Dive, Drop, and Down|| |
This lesson allows students to explore and learn about the Law of Gravity. In this lesson, students will discover how gravity affects different household objects. Students will also discuss with the class and teacher to explain what gravity is and how it correlates to the world around us. This lesson should take two science blocks of 45 minutes each to complete.
|Matter is EVERYWHERE Part 4|| |
Through exploration and discussion, the students will identify whether an object sinks or floats as a property of matter. Students will also sort objects by whether the object sinks or floats. This lesson is part 4 of a 4 part unit on Properties of Matter. During each lesson, the students will explore specific properties of matter through hands-on activities.
|Telescopes and Constellations|| |
In this two-session lesson, students will use a real telescope to observe how objects appear closer in an artificial night sky. Students will also create a telescope model that will represent how a specific constellation looks in the night sky. The students will be using a Science Journal or "My Space Book" to make a pictorial record of their findings.
|Observation: The Stars in the Sky|| |
This is part one of a thematic unit that will take approximately one week to complete with one hour for each day. Students begin be looking at a picture of the stars to peek their interest in the unit and begin to form questions about the stars as the unit goes on. Students learn the word "observation" and then use sight to view "star jars" within groups. The class then answers questions, forms ideas, and draws pictures about what they observe. The teacher guides students into understanding that the stars are scattered unevenly through the sky, and there are too many stars for anyone to possibly count.
|Double Bubble Science|| In this lesson, students will understand how to use the scientific method to find answers to questions. Students will understand how an inventor uses a question to solve a problem. Students will investigate how to make bubbles with household items and identify different steps of the scientific method that help solve a problem.|
|Rocks, Rocks, Everywhere|| The students will be able to sort rocks based upon color, hardness, texture, layering and particle size.|
|Classifying Candy 1|| Students will develop two binary classification systems using concrete objects. The classification systems will be based on two different properties of the concrete objects.|
The task assesses students' abilities to make simple observations and apply their understanding to classification.
This task is designed to take students approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
|Hatching Chickens|| This lesson will help students understand the importance of carefully observing and caring for eggs and chickens in the classroom.|
|Night Journals|| |
This project engages students in data collection as they record their observations of the stars over a month-long period. Teachers keep a class journal (recording their own observations) and students will record their observations each night in their journals by drawing what they saw. Discussion and a follow-up activity involving marshmallows emphasize the multitude and placement of stars.
|Float or Sink?|| |
This lesson builds on lessons regarding the different properties of solids by having students explore how different objects float or sink when placed in water.
|Some Things Happen Fast and Some Things Happen Slow|| |
In this lesson, teachers show their students pictures of different events happening on Earth and asks if these events happen quickly or slowly, how students generated that judgment, and what happens on Earth after each event occurred. Students can explore a location around the school and record observations in their notebook about what events may be occurring in that location and if they are occurring slowly or quickly.
|Tree Observations|| |
In this project, each class "adopts" a tree and collects data about it over the entire year. Teachers maintain a class tree notebook that includes a picture of the tree and a description of the environmental characteristics on each observation day as students draw a picture of the tree that day in their personal science notebooks. Emphasis should be placed on the importance of water, sunlight, and food as essential to the tree's survival.
|Sink or Float|| Students make predictions and test and sort a variety of objects based on whether they sink or float.|
|Your Own Backyard|| Each of Earth's different environments has its own natural features; this lesson uses multimedia resources to introduce a variety of environments to students. First, students will discuss local environmental features, then take a field trip to explore them. Next, they'll watch videos of different environment types, then compare and contrast their features. Finally, they will discuss the geologic features of interesting places they've visited.|
|Weighted Eggs|| Students arrange 5 plastic eggs (with objects of different weights inside) in order from lightest to heaviest.|
|Build a Better Boat|| |
This lesson gives the students an opportunity to recognize the properties of objects (sink and float) as well as working collaboratively to solve problems. This lesson incorporates design challenge aspects at a level that is appropriate for young students who are just beginning their formal education.
|Push and Pull Magnet Art – an Engineering Design Challenge|| |
This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help first grade students apply the concepts of the various ways objects can move, and that the way to change the motion of an object is to apply a push or a pull. It is not intended as an initial introduction to this benchmark.
|A Shrimpy Home-SeaWorld Classroom Activity|| In this activity, students will demonstrate how changes in an environment can affect the survival of an animal.|
|Friction Lesson Plan|| |
Teacher-created resource on friction for 1st graders.
|All About Motion|| Students will observe and discuss motion in learning stations or in demonstration. They will observe and discuss how a push or pull affects motion.|
|Birds' Bills|| Students will compare and contrast different kinds of birds' bills and categorize pictures. After drawing the bills in each category, they will then compare the bill types with common household items.|
|Catch as Catch Can-SeaWorld Classroom Activity|| In this activity, the students simulate fishing techniques and explore processes that result in bycatch. They visually express their catch in the form of a graph at the end of the activity.|
|Focused Observation: Recording A Hike|| Students will learn how to focus their observations during a nature hike. The children record their observations on a sheet of paper which has been horizontally divided into thirds. Alongside the divisions is a stick figure with the top of the head touching the top line and the knees directly touching the bottom line. This way the paper is divided to record things observed above a student's head, below the student's knees and in between the student's head and knees.|
|How Degrading-SeaWorld Classroom Activity|| In this activity, given examples of trash generated by a family over a 24-hour period, the student will be able to demonstrate how some materials degrade in salt water better than others. They will be able to generate ideas for ways to reduce plastic pollution.|
|Introducing The Nature Journal|| This is an introduction to the nature journal. Students will get an opportunity to use their nature journals when we visit the prairie garden at our school. Students will choose one plant and describe it in words and with a drawing. As a classroom follow-up, students will try to match their journal entry with photographs of the plants from the garden.|
|Investigating Motion With Marbles|| In this guided inquiry activity, students will use 2 marbles of different size and a box to investigate what makes the marbles move and what will cause the marbles to change speed and direction.|
|Kool Aid Chemistry|| In this chemistry experiment, students will investigate dilution with Kool-Aid. The students will use their five senses to explore the solution.|
|Living and Nonliving|| The students will think about what is alive. They will practice how scientists observe and record. Going outside they will record in their journal the things they observe under the heading they think it belongs in-living or nonliving.|
|Moon and Stars|| In this printable craft activity, learners create a string of cut-out moons and stars. This activity is phrased to encourage a parent and child to look at the Moon every night, and make simple illustrations of what they see, but can be adapted for various groups of learners. When learners have three or four different shapes drawn, they can cut out as many as desired and create a pattern, string them together, and hang them in a special place. Learners create simple patterns at first (A, B, A, B) and move on to more complex patterns as they mature and gain experience.|
|My Penguin Memory Book-SeaWorld Classroom Activity|| In this activity, students will keep a daily journal, recording facts about penguins.|
|Same Yet Different|| |
As a result of this activity, students will understand that there are differences among the same kinds of plants and animals.
|Sensory Butterfly Garden|| In this activity we use our butterfly garden that the students built to investigate the natural world using inquiry and their senses|
|Sorting Solids|| |
Students are asked to sort solids in a variety of ways and justify their reasoning for sorting the solids.
|Wiggly Worms|| In this inquiry-based worms lesson, students will compare and contrast red worms and earthworms through exploration (magnifying glasses provided) and a read-aloud.|
|Properties of the Sun|| |
These two lesson plans provide projects that allow students to 1) design, create, and test shade structures using given materials (connecting to the engineering design process) and 2) explore harmful and beneficial properties of the Sun through observing the effects of exposure or non-exposure of certain materials to sunlight and heat.
|Learning About Mealworms|| |
In this unit, students learn about metamorphosis and how animals change from birth to the adult stage through observing and collecting data as mealworm larvae progress through their life cycle to the adult stage (beetles).
|How do Objects Move | Engineering Design Challenge|| |
In this unit, students explore and explain the many different ways that an object moves and how its properties affect its movements. In one lesson ("In What Ways"), students predict and test their predictions on how different objects will move when gently pushed on their desks. In "Do All Tops Spin Alike?," students use different materials to construct their own tops and test its movements. "Making Objects Move" introduces the concept of acceleration and allows students to use different sizes and types of balls and other materials to build tracks that will be used to stop the ball at a certain location. "Playground Equipment" gives an engineering experience by engaging students in a competition with a given scenario and asking them to design, test, and re-design (if necessary) a functioning piece of new playground equipment (the terms "force," "motion," "gravity," and "simple machine" are introduced).
|Observing and Sorting|| |
In this unit, students learn to make observations that clearly distinguish specific objects from others and how to sort items by different attributes (eg, color, size, weight).
These lessons allow students to explore how magnifiers work by using different types of magnifiers to observe classroom objects and their own creations.
|What Makes Objects Move?|| |
In this unit, students use different objects and observations to explore what factors influence an objects' motion.