Grade 1 Science, Adv. Diff. Plants. Animals, Habitats, Lifecycles, & Needs
Advanced differentiation in the units for first grade science consists of parallel projects based on the long-term learning targets from the core unit. Teachers should bring advanced learners together and for mini-lessons around these engaging and challenging tasks, which will deepen and extend their understanding of core concepts and skills. After the mini-lessons, students may work on each of the project tasks at learning centers, as independent or partner work, or as homework. These projects are also ideal for use during the literacy block when focused on nonfiction reading and writing skills. Included are also recommendations for creating small group instruction around these projects. Your advanced learners can participate in core lessons from curriculum guides as needed and engage in the projects to stay challenged.
The following long-term learning targets are most deeply addressed in these small group lessons:
1.2 I can share my observations.
I can explain my thinking through drawings, writing and/or discussions.
3.3 I can identify the needs of animals and plants. Needs include: space, water, food, air and shelter. 3.4 I can explain that if a part of a living system is missing it may not function correctly.
3.5 I can explain how a plant’s habitat provides for its basic needs. 18.104.22.168.1
3.6 I can describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle. 22.214.171.124.1
3.7 I can describe how a seed changes as it grows. 126.96.36.199.1
When and where do I teach these small group sessions?
Small group mini-lessons help your advanced first grade students jump into the tasks outlined for this project. You can teach these small group sessions once or twice a week as needed during science or literacy when your whole class is working independently or in small groups (e.g., independent work time, guided reading time, etc.). Students should be able to continue pursuing the tasks in learning centers or on their own throughout the days following your mini-lesson.