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).
Scientists answer questions; engineers design solutions. Testing Toothbrushes is a lesson designed to meet one of the NGSS engineering performance standards for first. This lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards, as well as employing some math skills. When used early in the first grade year, it doubles as a review of what scientists do introduced during kindergarten.
1. Review what scientists do.
2. Perform the experiment, Testing Toothbrushes.
3. Use Open Wide; Tooth School Inside as a Read-Aloud book accompanied by accountable talk from readers.
Write lab reports to share with parents describing “how-to” test toothbrushes (informational writing). The goal will be to do the best writing the students can as a review from kindergarten. Expectations should match their beginning-of-the-school-year skills.
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