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March 31, 2018

Teaching Science for April

April is such a fun month for science! The topics covered for this month are farms, recycling, life cycles, and the rainforest. These work so well for teaching our science standards this month. I’ll show you how my Science for April bundle will bring these topics to life!

Be set for science for April with your first grade class! This unit has life cycle activities, farm activities, earth day activities, and rainforest activities. From science experiments for first grade to close reading for first grade, you are sure to be set!

I grouped these topics together because it’s easy to relate them to what is actually happening during this time: Earth Day, new animals being born, insects hatching, and warm, rainy weather. I’ve planned lots of engaging activities that will help your students master their science standards while applying knowledge and observing in real life.

Standards Aligned

  • Farm: TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: TEKS: 1.1C
  • Life Cycles: TEKS: 1.10D
  • Rainforest: TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D

With each new topic, I like to anchor our learning with anchor charts. This helps the students build connections, show the learning process, and make thinking visible. I hang them up where the kids can see them and refer to them easily. I’ve got everything you need to create your own anchor charts for each week in one organized place.

Use these easy to make life cycle anchor charts to anchor learning in your first grade classroom.

I love every opportunity to integrate science with reading and writing. It makes literacy more authentic and gives you more time for both subjects. (Just remember to choose the strategy/skill over the book/activity.) For this month, I included poems and songs for shared reading, phonics lessons that can be expanded for literacy stations, a variety of student books to make, writing craftivities, and close reading activities for each week.

This earth day poem is perfect for your earth day activities and to use during shared reading time. Kindergarten and first grade classrooms are

Integrate science and reading with this rainforest unit! Use this mini-book with your first graders to get them reading and writing about the rainforest.

This life cycles bundle is perfect for first grade and even second grade students. It has everything you could need from life cycle printables, life cycle mini-books, to life cycle graphic organizers.

If you want a way to integrate writing with your farm unit, this is it! Learn all about the farm, farm animals and more with this farm unit for kindergarten and first grade!

If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry! I’m providing a curriculum map for the whole month AND a detailed, weekly guide to show you how to integrate these science topics with your balanced literacy program. Planning will be easy-peasy!Be set for science for April with your first grade class! This unit has life cycle activities, farm activities, earth day activities, and rainforest activities. From science experiments for first grade to close reading for first grade, you are sure to be set!

Science experiments are always a favorite! These hands-on experiments give your students a chance to investigate, explore, and practice reasoning. I like to do one at the beginning of the week as an attention-grabber and to evaluate their prior knowledge. 

If you are looking for a simple earth day science experiment for your first grade class, look no further! This experiment includes student data sheets, student friendly directions, and teacher directions.

Then we do another one towards the end of the unit to extend their learning. I always use the scientific method. You can find some scientific method posters for free HERE.

Here are some examples of the science experiments you’ll find in Science for April for farms and recycling.If you are looking for a simple farm science experiment for your first grade class, look no further! This experiment includes student data sheets, student friendly directions, and teacher directions.

I also included several activities that would be great for interactive science notebooks. If you’re not sure what these are, you can read more about them in this post HERE.

Use these printables from this farm unit to put in your science interactive notebooks! They are perfect for first graders.

Use these life cycle interactive notebook pages to engage your first grade students. They are perfect activities for learning all about life cycles.
With this bundle, you will be totally set for science for April. With activities for whole group, independent work, and literacy stations (if you choose), your students will be engaged while learning about farms, recycling, life cycles, and the rainforest. I think you’ll have fun, too!

Be set for science for April with your first grade class! This unit has life cycle activities, farm activities, earth day activities, and rainforest activities. From science experiments for first grade to close reading for first grade, you are sure to be set!Be set for science for April with your first grade class! This unit has life cycle activities, farm activities, earth day activities, and rainforest activities. From science experiments for first grade to close reading for first grade, you are sure to be set!

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Be set for science for April with your first grade class! This unit has life cycle activities, farm activities, earth day activities, and rainforest activities. From science experiments for first grade to close reading for first grade, you are sure to be set!

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Happy Teaching,

Amanda

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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!

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