GRADE ONE SCIENCE - NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
In the Grade One performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.
A transition from the Illinois Learning Standards for Science to the Next Generation Science Standards will occur during the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 school years.
Science Units taught in Grade One include:
Sun, Moon, and Earth
- Record and analyze observations of changes seen in the sky.
- As a class, analyze data about the sequence of moon phases and predict the next moon phase in the pattern.
- Use a thermometer to measure and record temperatures.
- Identify non-manmade objects in the sky. (Sun, Moon, Stars)
- Using a diagram of the sun shining on an object, draw where the shadow would be and its shape.
- Using a flashlight and a model of the earth, identify day and night.
Life Cycles of Plants and Animals
- Observe, record, and compare information about the life cycles of different plants/animals.
- Separate soil into living, once living, and non-living parts.
- Conduct and analyze structured experiments changing the amount of sunlight, water, and soil a plant receives.
- Describe, as a class, why living and non-living matter are the important parts of soil.
Waves - Light and Sound
- Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
- Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.
- Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
- Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.
Scientific Inquiry Method is integrated into the Science Curriculum.
The Science Performance Expectations for Grade One have been recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards, a collaborative group of over 20 states, including Illinois.