Can you guys believe the end of 2018 is almost here? Let’s close it out with engaging and meaningful learning in science. First Grade Science for December has so many activities for science and activities that allow for integration into reading and writing. Your little scientists will master the content in a snap!
The topics covered this month are:
- Reindeer TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
- Mammals TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
- Snow TEKS: 1.8A, 1.8C
- Birds TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
I want this to be simple for you to implement in your classroom (or with your children at home), so this unit comes with a full month-long curriculum map. I also break it down by each week so you’ll know what to do each day. Many of these activities can also be done during morning work time or literacy stations.
Content for December Science
Each topic for December science is covered in a week’s time frame. For each week, I provided a unit teaching plan with specifics including the focus, activity to do, and materials you’ll need. There are colorful visual aids you can project or print to help your students understand the content.
One way to help anchor students’ learning visually is through anchor charts. HERE you can read a little more about them, but they are such a great learning tool! Each of the four units has an anchor chart for your class to make as well as other graphic organizers.
There are two science experiments for First Grade Science for December. Hands-on investigations are great attention grabbers and assessments for students. These experiments are simple to prepare, have a detailed guide for you, have printable illustrated directions for students, and include recording pages.
I always like to guide my scientists through the scientific method. You can grab your own scientific method posters for free HERE.
In addition to the experiments, there is a snow storm demonstration activity as well for December science. I’m sharing it as a FREEBIE for you on my blog HERE. I hope your students love it!
Another great way for students to work on new learning for each topic is with science journals. Each of the four topics has several things you can include in science journals like KWL charts, flip books, and pocket sorts. You can read more about science journals and how to use them HERE and HERE.
Integrating December Science
If you come around here often, you probably already know how much I love integrating science into reading and writing. One great way to do this is through shared reading. Shared reading is a crucial part of a balanced literacy program where the teacher and students get to practice together.
If you aren’t doing shared reading in your classroom yet, don’t worry! The detailed notes show you how to do it. I included four poems to correspond with each of the four science topics this month. Each poem also has word work and phonics activities as well! HERE are a few of my favorite shared reading tips.
Close reading passages are another great way to integrate science into reading. Students will read a passage and get to work on comprehension, expand vocabulary, make connections, and complete writing extensions. There is a four day teaching plan included so implementing this will be a breeze for you.
Finally, there are several writing craftivities that will allow your students to get creative with a purpose. These types of activities allow you to assess what students have learned in science and serve as writing assessments. My students absolutely love doing these!
First Grade Science for December really has everything you’ll need to confidently teach science in December and have your students learn in a fun way! Hop over and snag your own First Grade Science for December!
If you want to save even more money, I bundled science for the whole year HERE.