Science Curriculum

Grade 1

                                                

1. How living things function, adapt and change

~Differentiate between living and non-living things.

~ Identify and observe common plants and animals in ecosystems.
~ Categorize and distinguish physical characteristics of living things.
~ Observe life cycles of different organisms (documentary movie).

 

2. How living things interact with each other and with their environment

~ Identify organisms and their specific environment.
~ Identify and describe how organisms interrelate with one-another and their environment.

 

3. Properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them

~ List sources of energy (light, heat).
~ Identify examples of the physical states of matter and their properties (atoms, molecules, mixtures, solutions, experimental demo)

 

4. Describe force and motion and the principles that explain them

~ Describe various types of motion.
~ Observe and identify the forces of nature (experimental demo).

 

5. The features and processes of the Earth and its resources

~ Observe and identify the physical components of the earth's ecosystems.
~ Recognize weather and seasonal changes.
~ Recognize common examples of natural resources and their conservation
~ Identify and classify recyclable materials (documentary movie).

 

6. The composition and structure of the universe and the Earth's place in it

~ Identify the features of the sun, moon, and earth.
~ Observe daily, seasonal, and annual patterns related to the earth's motion (documentary movie).

 

7. The concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry

~ Use measurements to describe an event, thereby extending the senses.
~ Use observations to ask questions.
~ Use standard and non-standard measurements.
~ Record data on classroom charts.
~ Analyze data from other individuals and groups, noting similarities and differences.

 (project assignment)

 

8. The concepts, principles and processes of technological design

~ Brainstorm possible solutions and record information when presented with a scientific problem (documentary movie, experimental demo)

 

9. Practices of science

~ Practice basic science safety procedures.
~ Compare observations of different students who are observing the same activity.
~ Observe and discuss knowledge gained by daily observations (experimental demo).

 

10. Interaction between science, technology and society

~ Identify/Practice/Observe the uses of common scientific instruments.
~ Demonstrate the use of estimation as a method of counting.
~ Identify examples of how scientists have advanced our society by increasing knowledge and technology.
~ Identify how science and technology affect people's everyday lives.
~ Identify ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

(Discussion and evaluation of assigned projects)