This unit was developed to be used in a first grade classroom. It can be modified to work in Kindergarten or second grade as needed. Begin this lesson with an introduction of the vocabulary. Display the vocabulary words on the word wall. Each vocabulary word has a corresponding picture to aid in meaning recognition. Four mini books are included that break the unit up into four areas:
• How Can You Change Motion?
The mini books are assembled by cutting them out and stapling in page order. There are a few activity sheets that go along with the theme:
• Cut and paste motion
o Students cut out different types of motion and paste it under back & forth, round, or up and down
• Motion Hunt
o Students look for different types of motion in their classroom or school, write it down & label it.
• Motion Writing
o Students look at a picture and write about the motion they see
• Magnetic or Not Magnetic
o Students sort items into magnetic or not magnetic categories.
• Gravity writing.
o Student write about gravity.
Included assessment can be given when unit is complete.
This unit is designed to take about seven 40 minute lessons with the assessment given on the 8th day. This can be modified depending on the level of your class. This will take me anywhere from 7-10 days depending on the day. This content is a little more difficult so I bring in a lot of hands on activities as well as videos.
I developed this unit with the Common Core in mind. The importance of informational text and non-fiction reading is stressed within the Common Core through-out the grade levels. This presents material in a way that students do not seem threatened by, unlike a large text book. Also, writing is incorporated quite often as this is such an important and developing skill in first grade.
• We will classify how objects move.
• We will describe how things move.
• We will compare speeds of objects.
• We will describe forces used to move objects.
• We will describe how force can change direction, speed, and position.
• We will learn about how gravity moves objects.
• We will classify objects as magnetic and non-magnetic.
• We will explain magnetic force.
Common Core Standards:
• RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
• RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
• RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text
• RI.1.10 With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
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