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1st Grade Science Units

  1. Earth and Space Science: Space Systems
  2. Life Science:  Structure and Function - Animals & Plants
  3. Physical Science: Waves: Light and Sound      



Student Research

  1. Journey North Online Projects

Weather  

  1. ACCU Weather forecast
  2. ACCU Weather US satellite forcast
  3. CNN Weather  - Weather for Oradell, NJ
  4. National Weather Service  - U.S. weather

Tools



1. Space Systems

 

  1. Sunrise, Sunset  - Beacon learning center
  2. As the World Turns  - Beacon learning center
  3. A Day on Earth  - Studyjam video
  4. Earth revolving around the sun  - Animation -classzone
  5. Seasons Simulator with the globe  - U. Of Nebraska
  6. 4 Seasons  - animated

Webcams around the World - Is it Day or Night?

  1. Africa
  2. Catalina Island, California
  3. Hawaii
  4. China
  5. Australia
     

 Moon

  1. Moon Phases Song  - Cee Lo Green
  2. Phases of the Moon  - cartoon video - The Moon
  3. Moon Landing  video - 1969
  4. Rising moon video  - time lapse photos

 

TRACK THE PHASES OF THE MOON

  1. 8 Phases animation
  2. Lunar Phases  - Select Activity #3 - Utah U.
  3. Lunar Phases - day & night
  4. Giant Moon  Phases
  5. Moon Calendar  - birthday

RESEARCH

  1. Moon  - Enchanted Learning
  2. Moon  - Nine Planets
  3. Moon facts  - Scholastic

 



VOCABULARY

cycle- a series of repeated events
moon- the natural satellite of the earth
pattern- something that repeats over and over again
phase- a period of time in a process of change
season- each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun
star- an object in the sky that gives off light and heat
sun- the star which the Earth goes around
sunrise- the time in the morning in which the sun appears
sunset- the time in the evening in which the sun disappears

 

RESOURCES:

  1. NSTA -  NGSS Standards, by topic  *  Learning Center   *  Resources   
  2.   Discovery videos and lesson ideas
  3.  Open Ed - Background and lesson
  4. Science Spot lessons
  5. Concord Consortium simulations (requires Java)
  6. Brainpop
  7. ShiShow Kids  YouTube (4 min video clips and experiment ideas)



2. Animals & Plants - Structure and Function

RESEARCH:  As a scientist, observe the following:
  1. What does the animal and baby look like?
  2. How does the mother take care of her babies?
  3. What does the animal eat?
  4. Does the animal have a home / habitat?
 
LIVE CAMS
  1.   SW  Florida. eagle cam  
  2.   Duke Farm eagle cam
  3. Monterary Aquarium cameras
  4.   Watering hole

 

ARKIVE is no longer available. I am keeping this just incase it returns!

  1. Alligator     
  2. Brown Bear or Polar Bear    
  3. Butterfly
  4. Cheetah
  5. Panther Chameleon     * Namaqua Chameleon Changing color  * 
  6. Deer
  7. Dragonfly
  8. Bald Eagle   * Fla. eagle cam  * Philippine Eagle * Duke Farm eagle cam
  9. Elephant  - African
  10. Frog  * tree frog
  11. Giraffe
  12. Hippo * Watering hole
  13. Jaguar
  14. Kangaroo
  15. Koala
  16. Lion
  17. Monkey  - howler
  18. Panda
  19. Penguin  - emperor
  20. Possum
  21. Rabbit
  22. Raccoon
  23. Shark  * Tiger Shark
  24. Sloth
  25. Snake - Garter or   Anaconda
  26. Squirrel
  27. Turtle
  28. Tiger
  29. Humpback Whale
  30. Zebra

Domestic Animals

Then go to Research Guidelines to get more information:

 




VOCABULARY
  • alike - similar to each other
  • animals - a living thing that is not a plant
  • different - not the same as another
  • flower - the part of a plant that makes fruits and seeds
  • habitat - the place or natural area where plants and animals live
  • leaf - a structure on a plant that is usually green and makes food from sunlight
  • life cycle - the stages a living thing goes through
  • living - alive
  • needs - what a living thing has to have to survive
  • nutrients - what living things need to grow and stay healthy
  • offspring - a new plant or animal produced by a parent
  • oxygen - a gas in air and water that plants and animals need to survive
  • plants - a living thing that has roots, stems, and leaves
  • protect - to prevent someone or something from getting hurt
  • root - a part of a plant that grows in soil
  • stem - the part of a plant that carries water & food to the leaves & food back to the
  • roots 
  • survive - to stay alive

 



SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  1. Eat Like a Bird
  2. Chip off the Old Block
  3. Build a Nest
  4. Great Gloves
  5. Parts of Plants

 

3. Waves: Light and Sound

  1. Reflection and refraction  - Bill Nye the Science Guy

Videos

Sound

  1. Animal Sounds  - Busch Gardens
  2. Partners in Rhyme   - Sound Effects 
  3. Pattern player-  Make and listen to your own cool drum patterns!  PBS
  4. The sound of ice

Sound 
Teacher Research



VOCABULARY

  • blocked: when light or sound is prevented from following a path
  • clear : an object that does not block any light, see through
  • communicate: passing information from one person to another
  • light: something that makes it possible to see objects
  • opaque : no light passes through
  • pluck: to pull the strings of an object with your fingers
  • reflect: when light bounces back
  • shadow: a dark place under or beside an object where light is blocked
  • sound: something that is heard
  • translucent : some light passes through
  • transparent : all light passes through
  • vibrate: to move quickly back and forth

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES
  1. Make a Kazoo  pg 12, Tuning Fork in Water pg14, Light & Sound pg 41 - alvordschools.org

MORE SCIENCE LINKS


Monarch Butterflies  

  1. Monarch Lifecycle - Journey North
  2. Spring Migration at Journey North for Kids
  3. Gallery - Monarch Watch

All Butterfly Photos

Games

  1. Monarchs - Mr. Nussbaum
  2. Migrating Monarchs Quiz - familyeducation

 


 

 




MORE INFORMATION

ORBITS

  1. Earth, Sun, Moon  - BBC

SUN

  1. The Sun  - Enchanted Learning
  2. Our Sun  - Kids Astronomy
  3. The Sun  - Nine Planets
  4. Sun For Kids  - Videos - Nasa

EARTH

  1. Introduction to the Earth  - Enchanted Learning
  2. The Moon  - Enchanted Learning
  3. Earth  - Nine Planets
  4. The Big Blue Marble  - Interactive - National Geographic
  5. Earth  - Disney - short video

Sun & Moon

  1. Solar Systeml  - Kids Astronomy
  2. Sun   -  enchanted learning
  3. The Sun  - WatchKnowLearn - 4 min. video
  4. Your Shadow-  WatchKnowLearn - video
  5. The Solar System  - WatchKnowLearn - 4 min. video

 INTERACTIVES FOR TEACHERS

  1. Sunlight and Seasons  - Journey North