First grade science unit teaching about objects in the sky!. This unit was developed to be used in a first grade classroom. I used this with my own first grade class. 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. There is also a memory game included. Several copies of this can be made and laminated for more durable use. Children can work in partners playing memory to help develop a sense of the word meanings. This is a great activity to do during center time to introduce the unit. The vocabulary matching worksheet can be used as an assessment or as an informal evaluation of student’s progress. Four mini books are included that break the unit up into four questions:
• What Can We See in the Night Sky?
• What Causes Night and Day?
• What are the Moon’s Phases>
• What do Astronaut’s Do?
Each mini book includes a follow up activity. There is stick figure pieces included so that concepts can be acted out. For example, one student could be sun and one could be the Earth to show how night and day occurs. This unit is designed to take between 5-7 days to complete depending on the level of your class. It took me about seven 40 minute lessons. I completed the assessment on day 8.
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