First Grade Science for the Year
Integrating Reading and Writing
Science is an amazing time to engage your little learners! 39 science units are included covering topics from Being a Scientist, Matter, Weather, Reptiles, Soil and much more! Each unit is jam packed with everything you need to not only teach your students about that concept, but also to integrate the unit into your reading and writing time a bit!
Science journaling has been a hit in the classroom! No lesson is complete without it! Included are 100 interactive notebooks templates with simple instructions for teachers and a small teaching blurb on each page. The flip books are simple for students to cut, fold, and glue into their interactive notebook and are a great assessment of students' learning!
Anchor your students' learning with an interactive anchor chart for each unit. Anchor charts are the perfect way to engage students in their learning, provide a tool of reference for later, and organize learning as you go! Teachers are able to easily create eye-catching anchor charts for every science unit using the materials and examples provided.
Making science hands-on has never been this simple! Each experiment is engaging and easy for the teacher to prep. About every other week a science experiment complimenting the unit for that week is provided. Each experiment has teacher notes and directions, pictorial directions for students to follow and a recording page for science journals.
Science Close Readings
Close reading passages are the perfect way to integrate science into your reading block. Each close reading passage is centered around a science topic and has 4 days of activities mapped out which include reading, comprehension, note taking, vocabulary, and writing extensions. Little learners will enjoy digging deeper into their science topics!
Science Shared Readings
Shared reading is an important element in teaching with the balanced literacy approach Each science unit will have a poem or song that on that topic. Included, also, is a 5 day teaching plan for the shared reading time. Little learners love them and they are the perfect way to integrate science into balanced literacy.
Providing phonics practice is an important part of the day. Each shared reading poem has a phonics skill to be practiced, beginning with beginning sounds in August and ending with vowel teams in May. There are 2 activities for each poem along with a whole group pocket chart sort. These are perfect for placing in a workstation during your literacy block, too!
To what standards is this curriculum aligned?
This curriculum is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for first grade science. You can take a look at them here to see how they align with your state's standards. Many of the reading skills that are covered in both the close reading and shared reading activities will cover both Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill for first grade reading and the Common Core State Standards for first grade reading.
I am a homeschool parent. Will this curriculum be a good fit for us?
truly believe that you know your child better than anyone else! This curriculum comes with both a monthly and year long pacing guide. Each month is mapped out by the week, telling you which science unit, anchor charts, experiment, interactive notebook pages, close reading, shared reading, and phonics focus you will do.
I see that not all months are included, yet. How will I get the others?
All but 3 science units are currently included, along with all of the interactive notebook pages. Around the 15th of each month, I will add the next months' resources to the bundle. After you make your purchase you will have the option of signing up on an email list. I will email you to let you know when more resources have been added each month. Another option is to simply check "My Purchases" on TeachersPayTeachers. When I add new resources, you will be notified there that an update has been made.
What if my district's pacing map is different? Can I still use this?
Of course! The beauty in being a teacher is that you are always able to adapt resources to meet your students' needs. Since both a monthly and yearly curriculum map are included, you will be able to locate the topic and then find out where to find each of the resources within the monthly bundle by resource title and page number. It is simple!