This unit is designed to do 2 things:
1) Meet Next Generation Science Standards for 1st Grade: Organisms: Structures &
2) Make your life EASIER!
Included is everything (well, almost everything) you need for this unit. The teaching of science requires some materials, but I have chosen simple, everyday tools you most likely already have in your classroom. There are 17 lessons in this unit (including writing a how-to piece with a sequence of instructions for informative writing), covering major standards under Next Generation Science Standards—Organisms: Structures & Processes, PLUS the cross-cutting concepts AND connections to ELA and Math Common Core.
Building Background Knowledge—Animals
Lesson 1: I can identify patterns in the natural world that can be observed, used to describe phenomena and used as evidence.
I can read texts to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
I can identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Lesson 2: I can use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
I can identify behaviors in animals and their offspring that help the offspring to survive.
Lesson 3: I can identify external parts of animals that help the animal see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find and take in food, water and air.
I can identify animal body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival and how the animals responds to these inputs with specific behaviors that help them survive.
Building Background Knowledge—Plants
Lesson 4: I can look for patterns and order when making observations about the world.
I can identify external parts of plants that help the plant survive and grow.
I can read grade-appropriate informational texts to obtain scientific information to determine patterns in the natural world.
I can ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Lesson 5: I can use media to obtain scientific information to determine patterns in the natural world.
I can identify plant parts that respond to external inputs and how these responses help the plant survive.
Structure and Function
Lesson 6: I can identify structures of natural objects and explain how their shape and stability are related to their function(s).
Lesson 7: I can explain how a human-made product was designed by applying some knowledge of the natural world and is built using materials derived from the natural world.
I can develop a simple sketch, drawing or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Identifying a Problem to be Solved with Engineering
Lesson 8: I can ask questions based on observations to find more information about the natural and/or designed world. I can ask questions, make observations and gather information about a situation people want to change in order to thoroughly understand the problem.
I can define a simple problem that can be solved through the engineering and development of a new or improved object or tool. (define problem)
Lesson 9: I can use materials to design a device that solves a specific human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.(draw plan)
Lesson 10: I can develop a simple model based on evidence to represent a proposed object or tool and communicate ideas for the development to other people. (communicate plan)
Lesson 11: I can develop a simple model based on evidence to represent a proposed object or tool and communicate ideas for the development to other people. (build model)
Lesson 12: Because there is always more than one way to solve a problem, I can analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. (conducting test and recording data)
Lesson 13: I can analyze data from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.
I can draw a picture graph and a bar graph with a single-unit scale to represent a data set with up to three categories.
Lesson 14: I can solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
I can compare two two-digit numbers based on the meanings of the tens and one digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <.
I can add within 100, understanding that in adding two-digit numbers, one adds tens and tens, ones and ones and that sometimes it is necessary to compose a ten.
I can mentally find 10 more or 10 less than a two-digit number without having to found and explain the reasoning used. I can subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 from multiples of 10 in the range 10-90.
Lesson 15: I can participate in shared research and writing projects by exploring “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions.
I can recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Lesson 16: I can use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, with guidance and support from adults, in collaboration with peers or independently.
Lesson 17: I can add drawings or other visual displays when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Also included is an end-of-unit vocabulary test. After purchasing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the FREE whiteboard version of this unit! Please specify if you'd like the SmartNotebook version or the ActivInspire version. :)