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).
Length of Day is a lesson designed to meet one of the NGSS earth science performance standards (Earth’s Place in the Universe) for first grade. This lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about recognizing there is a change in the length of day as the months pass.
1. Watch a demonstration of tilt and gather data from length of day pie charts.
2. Do a Read-Aloud of a book talking about diaries. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin is published by HarperCollins, 2003. Written in diary form, this book tells the story of a worm’s life and will model diary writing for students.
3. Write in a monthly diary and finish with an opinion piece about students’ favorite month.
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