First grade scientists learn how to organize. They learn to organize themselves as individuals, as small groups and as scientists. They are learning what is expected of them as they work in the science room. We have been busy learning how to observe the world around us from many different perspectives.
The performance expectations in first grade help students formulate answers to questions such as:
- What happens when materials vibrate?
- What happens when there is no light?
- What are some ways plants and animals meet their needs so that they can survive and grow?
- How are parents and their children similar and different?
- What objects are in the sky and how do they seem to move?.
When your child’s journal arrives home at the end of a unit, look through its pages with your child and realize that there is more to their work than meets the eye. Good science is learned through active participation, and engagement in inquiry-based, hands-on activities. If their memories serve them well, your child will be able to explain the activity, which supported each and every page of their journal. Use this information to extend our curriculum into your home lives