1st Grade Science

 

SBYou may need to download the smart board program to use some of the following links.  This may be done by clicking on the following download version 9.7 .  Once you have done this you will be able to view and use the smart board activity.    Every Smart Board activity has the letters SB  for Smart Board next to it. SB
 

 

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 Life Sciences Physical Sciences Science and Technology Scientific Inquiry Scientific Ways
of Knowing

  (A)  Earth and Space Sciences

(Based on State of Ohio
Curriculum Standards)

 

 

1. Identify that resources are things that we get from the living (e.g., forests) and nonliving (e.g., minerals, water) environment and that resources are necessary to meet the needs and wants of a population.

  1. Water Science for Schools   This site is worth it's weight in gold showing many different ideas of water and how it affects us.  4 Star
  2. Clean Up Your World - Clean up natural areas and place litter in the correct recycling bins
  3. Take a test about how you use water! Twenty five questions that will help you be a better user of water.
  4. How Minerals are Used - Move your cursor over each image to see a common item made from that mineral.
  5. Smart Board    This is an example of Smart Board Technology.  You may download the Smart Board program from the link above.   This was created by:   Brianne Martony
  6. Smart Board       SB
  7. Materials 2The materials sorting and labeling application is a simple to use science vocabulary exercise. Label words are simply dragged and dropped into the correct place in the picture
    Materials lesson outline  4 Star

 

8.  Materials 1               Label words are simply dragged and dropped into the correct place in the picture. When all words have been placed the user clicks on the check button to get feedback on their selection.

Materials lesson outline 4 star

2. Explain that the supply of many resources is limited but the supply can be extended through careful use, decreased use, reusing and/or recycling.

  1. What is a hazardous waste? How does garbage effect you? (a quiz is included)
  2. Water Science for Schools   This site is worth it's weight in gold showing many different ideas of water and how it affects us.  4 Star
  3. Smart Board Lesson

3. Explain that all organisms cause changes in the environment where they live; the changes can be very noticeable or slightly noticeable, fast or slow (e.g., spread of grass cover slowing soil erosion, tree roots slowly breaking sidewalks).

 
  1. Smart Board Lesson SB
  2. Smart Board Lesson  SB
  3. Smart Board Lesson Created by Janet Thode

(B)   Life Sciences

1. Explore that organisms, including people, have basic needs which include air, water, food, living space and shelter.

  1. Smart Board Lessons Created by:   Angie Bechstein  SB
  2. Water Science for Schools   This site is worth it's weight in gold showing many different ideas of water and how it affects us.  4 Star
  3. Critter Craze - This lesson introduces the concepts of basic needs, grouping, and habitats. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  4. Identify Basic Needs of Living Things - You may want to remove some slides from this show before using it.
  5. Animal Homes - Drag animals to their proper habitats.
  6. The Farm - Visit several areas of the farm and notice the different types of things which live there. This is an excellent beginning site that teaches your students about the farm in addition to practicing beginning computer skills such as clicking once and using arrow keys. Interactive

2. Explain that food comes from sources other than grocery stores (e.g., farm crops, farm animals, oceans, lakes and forests).

  1. Learn about pesticides. Are they good? What are they used for? (a quiz is included)
  2. Growing Plants - give water to the plants in this interactive game from the BBC

3. Explore that humans and other animals have body parts that help to seek, find and take in food when they are hungry (e.g., sharp teeth, flat teeth, good nose and sharp vision).

  1. Frogs - See how differently from each other these frogs look and sound

4. Investigate that animals eat plants and/or other animals for food and may also use plants or other animals for shelter and nesting.

  1. Ants are not all alike - take a look at some of them
  2. Map Cleveland Zoo -  You will find a map of the Cleveland zoo that will allow you to create many lessons prior to visiting the zoo and studying the animals.  3 Star
  3. Questions about the Zoo    This smart board has questions relative to the map listed above.  SB  4 Star

 

5. Recognize that seasonal changes can influence the health, survival or activities of organisms.

  1. Seasons - this story will read itself to you. After students are familiar with the story, you can use a version that asks your students to do the reading.
  2. Smart Board Lesson  Created by: Barb Tarka  SB

(C)   Physical Sciences

1. Classify objects according to the materials they are made of and their physical properties.

  1. Can You Place Me - Drag items to their correct places based on clues within the pictures (winter, summer, eg.).
  2. Sound & Noise: Household Science for Kids - 2 different projects to help demonstrate some of the physics of sound
  3. On Line Lab  Work with this website and understand different materials and their physical make up.
    1. Materials 2The materials sorting and labeling application is a simple to use science vocabulary exercise. Label words are simply dragged and dropped into the correct place in the picture
      Materials lesson outline  4 Star

     

    8.  Materials 1               Label words are simply dragged and dropped into the correct place in the picture. When all words have been placed the user clicks on the check button to get feedback on their selection.

    Materials lesson outline 4 star

     

2. Investigate that water can change from liquid to solid or solid to liquid.

  1. On line lab  Working with this website will bring a new meaning to using computers to learn change.  See how water will affect solids.

3. Explore and observe that things can be done to materials to change their properties (e.g., heating, freezing, mixing, cutting, wetting, dissolving, bending and exposing to light).

  1. On line Lab  Working with this website to understand the materials and how they are affected.

4. Explore changes that greatly change the properties of an object (e.g., burning paper) and changes that leave the properties largely unchanged (e.g., tearing paper).

  1. On line Lab  Working with this website to understand the change in properties of an object in reference to it environment.

5. Explore the effects some objects have on others even when the two objects might not touch (e.g., magnets).

  1. On line Lab  Working with this website to understand effects of some object have on others.
  2. On line Lab  Working with this website to understand effects of some object have on others using Magnets.

6. Investigate a variety of ways to make things move and what causes them to change speed, direction and/or stop.

  1. Forces and Movement - give the truck various pushes to see how the truck moves
  2. Pushes and Pulls - use a hard or soft push or pull to see how the toy horse moves
  3. Gravity and what it does - from Our Place in Space

7. Explore how energy makes things work (e.g., batteries in a toy and electricity turning fan blades).

  1. On line Lab  Working with this website to understand effects of using electricy.

8. Recognize that the sun is an energy source that warms the land, air and water.

  1. Earth in Space workshop - This 28 page lesson focuses on the fact that the sun's energy heats the Earth. Some of the activities are appropriate for 1st grade students. 

9. Describe that energy can be obtained from many sources in many ways (e.g., food, gasoline, electricity or batteries).

 

(D)  Science and Technology

1. Explore that some kinds of materials are better suited than others for making something new (e.g., the building materials used in the Three Little Pigs).

  1. Animated testing center  Objects placed in a tester to determine what it will do

2. Explain that when trying to build something or get something to work better, it helps to follow directions and ask someone who has done it before.

 

3. Identify some materials that can be saved for community recycling projects (e.g., newspapers, glass and aluminum).

 

4. Explore ways people use energy to cook their food and warm their homes (e.g., wood, coal, natural gas and electricity).

  1. Animated test center   Test objects and see what happens to them with force is applied.

5. Identify how people can save energy by turning things off when they are not using them (e.g., lights and motors).

 

6. Investigate that tools are used to help make things and some things cannot be made without tools.

  1. Simple Machines   This website will allow the students to view many different machine though out the home.

7. Explore that several steps are usually needed to make things (e.g., building with blocks).

 

8. Investigate that when parts are put together they can do things that they could not do by themselves (e.g., blocks, gears and wheels).

 

(E) Scientific Inquiry

1. Ask "what happens when" questions.

 

2. Explore and pursue student-generated "what happens when" questions.

  1. As the Earth Turns - Students learn that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth.  (Author - Sandi King)
  2. Sunrise Sunset - Students learn about the apparent movement of the sun across the day sky. Students then learn to relate time of day to the location of the sun.  (Author - Sandi King)

3. Use appropriate safety procedures when completing scientific investigations.

 

4. Work in a small group to complete an investigation and then share findings with others.

  1. How bad is the air you breathe? Learn how the air becomes dirty. (a quiz is included)
  2. Eye on the Sky - the scientist (your student) is asked to enter weather observations. Based on the entries, a summary of conditions is compiled
  3. Changing Sounds - investigate how sounds can be changed

5. Create individual conclusions about group findings.

  1. How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun? - Students compare two objects at different distances. Students explore the concept that distance affects how we perceive the size of objects
  2. Sounds and Hearing - experiment with sounds with this BBC quiz

6. Use appropriate tools and simple equipment/instruments to safely gather scientific data (e.g., magnifiers, timers and simple balances and other appropriate tools).

 

7. Make estimates to compare familiar lengths, weights and time intervals.

  1. Centimeters - To Nearest Whole Number (from FunBrain)
  2. Centimeters - To Half Centimeter (from FunBrain)
  3. Inches - To Nearest Whole Number (from FunBrain)
  4. Inches - To Quarter Inch (from FunBrain)

8. Use oral, written and pictorial representation to communicate work.

  1. What Makes Shadows? Students learn about shadows as they observe and draw the shadow of a classmate. In the extension activity, students observe and discuss shadows changing over time.

9. Describe things as accurately as possible and compare with the observations of others.

 

(F)  Scientific Ways of Knowing

1. Discover that when a science investigation is done the same way multiple times, one can expect to get very similar results each time it is performed.

  1. MEASUREMENT, EVALUATION & RESEARCH
    Ways of Knowing    In general, there are four ways or methods by which we can ascertain the truth of something.

2. Demonstrate good explanations based on evidence from investigations and observations.

  1. A Venn Diagram for recording things seen in the day and nighttime sky (a worksheet from Science Net Links) 

3. Explain that everybody can do science, invent things and have scientific ideas no matter where they live.