1st Grade Science: NGSS 1-LS1 and 1-LS3 From Molecules to Organisms and Heredity

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This resource is now available in digital format and includes everything you need to teach the first-grade NGSS 1-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes and 1-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits. These science lesson plans and activities will keep your students actively engaged for hours!

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Lessons in this unit:

Lesson 1 - What are the Needs of All Living Things

Lesson 2 - Our External Parts

Lesson 3 - External Parts of Animals

Lesson 5 - External Parts of Plants

Lesson 6 - How Do Living Things Use Their External Parts to Meet Their Needs

Lesson 7 - What is Heredity?

Lesson 8 - STEAM Challenge: Design Equipment or Clothing to Protect a Bicyclist

Included within this resource are:

- the standards

- detailed lesson plans

- YouTube and book suggestions for each unit; all of which have been previewed

- website suggestions

- 24 essential vocabulary cards

- Biologist poster

- poster of what living things need to survive

- internal/external parts sort

- animal classification posters

- Types of Animals and Their Special Body Parts Booklet

- KLEWS Chart

- roots and stem observations using germination bags dierections

- stem experiment directions

- leaf investigation directions

- flower investigation directions

- observation recording sheets

- habitat posters

- Habitats Mini Book

- What habitat do I live in? riddles

- Engineering and Design Process Posters

- student worksheets

- thematic writing paper

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Examples of patterns could include features plants or animals share. Examples of observations could include leaves from the same kind of plant are the same shape but can differ in size; and, a particular breed of dog looks like its parents but is not exactly the same. Assessment does not include inheritance or animals that undergo metamorphosis or hybrids.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


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