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).
Blocking Light is a lesson designed to meet one of the NGSS physical science performance standards (Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer) for first grade. This lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about scientific investigation in the pursuit of learning about optic properties – ways light behaves.
1. Investigate the light blocking properties of a number of materials.
2. Read the book Light (First Discovery Books) by Scholastic Books, had its first printing in 1994. ISBN: 0590483277 with acetate pages that covers content and checks for understanding of light blocking properties.
3. Write “All-About” book explaining the findings of the materials investigation.
The book used in this lesson, This book has acetate overlay pages which make it particularly useful when studying transparency, translucency, and opaqueness.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 1-PS4-3, Next Generation Science Standards 1-PS4-3