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).
Sky Views 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 making observations of predictable patterns found in the movements of the sun, moon, and stars.
1. Fill out a scientific journal recording observations made during the investigations.
2. Make observations in various ways to gather information about patterned movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Use models when necessary.
3. Do a Read-Aloud of a book talking about Earth cycles. Earth Cycles by Michael Ross is published by Millbrook Press, 2003. In clear language suitable for beginning readers, this book explains the Earth's cycles of rotation, which cause the shifts between day and night and the seasons, as well as the moon's varying shape.
If your students are working on identifying the difference between poetry and narrative, you might also use a poetry book called The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, published by Houghton, 2003.
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