SCHOOL HERE 2019-2020 GRADE 1: SCIENCE Teacher: Email: At “Your school” , science is a hands-on course with laboratory experiments, investigations, and activities comprising much of the class time. Our curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and is unified and cyclical, meaning that students will learn about topics from a variety of scientific disciplines each year, as per the course description. All experiments are inquiry-based, student-centered, and conducted within collaborative groups. Scientific learning also requires lively classroom discussions, and active participation when applying new scientific concepts. Course Description: First grade students are eager learners who are curious about their world. This inquisitive nature leads them to ask a variety of questions that deepen understanding. Students are developing social skills that enable them to interact in inquiry-based and cooperative-learning opportunities. Students begin to take ownership of their learning experiences by making connections through meaningful investigations. Students learn disciplinary core ideas from the three scientific domains of Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Sciences. In Physical Science, students conduct experiments to discover the properties of light and sound waves. In Life Science, students determine similarities between parents and their offspring and how organisms adapt to their environment. In Earth and Space Science, students continue to explore Earth’s systems through observations of seasonal patterns as well as patterns in the day and night sky. The disciplinary core ideas of the Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science (ETS) domain are integrated within the content standards of the three science domains. Grade 1 content standards provide students with opportunities for appropriate investigation and observation of the world around them. Through guided participation in specific engineering design projects, they find answers regarding how to use light or sound to communicate and how humans can imitate plant or animal parts for survival or protection. Materials: Science notebook & folder School-issued technology device Topics of Study Sound: Waves, moving through different materials, vibrations Light: Transparent, translucent, opaque Plants and Animals: Offspring, inherited traits Space: Earth, sun, moon and stars Daylight & seasonal changes Engineering Design Process Writing utensil Scientific Method Whole-class Science Fair project Scope and Sequence: Unit Science as Inquiry, Unit 1 Topics Timeframe Topic 1: Scientific Method Topic 2: Engineering Design Process Physical Science, Unit 2 Topic 1: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 10 weeks Life Science, Unit 3 Topic 1: Topic 2: Heredity 3 weeks Earth and Space Science, Unit 4 Topic 1: Earth’s Place in the Universe 5 weeks Lab Safety: Since we will be doing lab investigations throughout the year, safety is a top priority. All rules must be followed at all times! It is expected that students behave and conduct themselves like young adults. We went over these safety rules over the first week of school and a contract was sent home for you and your student to review, sign, and return. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter! Communication: “Learning platform” is the primary means of communication for all aspects of this course. Parents are strongly encouraged to use “Learning platform” to access their student’s homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects and lab information, permission slips and any other course materials from home over the internet at any time. Assignments are posted on a weekly basis in the classroom; students are responsible for updating their planners everyday. Please review the planner with your child to ensure that assignments are being completed. All students have Google accounts and may be asked to complete digital assignments in school or at home. Students should let the teacher know immediately if they need help accessing digital resources outside of school. Parents and students alike are welcome email me at “email” with any questions you may have throughout the year.