The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 10 lesson compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 1st Grade Compilation (All 10 lessons together).
Best Animal Mothers is a lesson designed to meet one of the NGSS life science performance standards (From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes) for first grade. It includes a laboratory exercise, a reading lesson, and writing lesson tied to the science and/or engineering concepts covered. The book used in this lesson, How Animal Babies Stay Safe (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Mary Ann Fraser is published by HarperCollins, 2011. This book shows how animal babies are protected by their parents. The range of animal behaviors is broad and intriguing – from mammals building sophisticated homes to reptiles following their instincts to protect their young.
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