First Grade Science
Melamed Academy Elementary School emphasizes a science curriculum that encourages the student to interact with the material, developing a lifelong curiosity and appreciation for the marvelous world that Hashem created for us.
Students acquire their scientific knowledge with integrated units, comprised of:
- Introductory Videos
- Informational Text
- Labs and Experiments
- Visuals and Interactives
- Review Games
- Extension: Science in Current Events
- Extension: Scientists and their Discoveries
- Science Projects, Research, and Presentations
- Mastery Quiz
Science 1 Learning Units:
Week 1: Time for Science
This issue introduces students to Science Studies Weekly. Students will learn that everyone can do science and that working with others can be helpful. They will also discuss how scientists can learn by observing and by investigating.
Week 2: Science Tools
Students will learn about some common science tools and discuss scientific investigations. They will also learn that it is important to describe things accurately and to compare observations with others.
Week 3: Science Safety
Students will learn about the importance of safety in the science lab. They will discuss some safety equipment and learn some basic rules for staying safe when doing investigations and making observations.
Week 4: Earth
Students will identify rocks, soil and water as the basic materials that make up Earth. Students will learn that rocks and other things on Earth come in many different sizes. They will also learn that people and animals can change their environments.
Week 5: Water
Students will be introduced to the Earth’s waterways—oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds, etc. They will learn about some of the plants and animals that live in water habitats.
Week 6: Weather
Students will explore the types of weather that happen on Earth. They will compare weather patterns from season to season and learn about how seasons affect plants and animals. They will also learn about safety procedures to follow during severe weather conditions.
Week 7: Space
Students will learn about day and night and the objects we can see in the sky at different times. They will also learn that we need a telescope to see some things in space. They will expand their knowledge that the way the moon looks follows a pattern.
Week 8: The Sun
Students will learn that the sun provides light and heat for the Earth. They will explore how the rotation of the Earth is responsible for sunrise and sunset.They will learn how the sun causes shadows on the Earth.
Week 9: Living Things
Students will distinguish between living and non-living things. They will understand the basic needs of all living things—food, water, air and space. They expand their knowledge that living things are alike in some ways and different in others.
Week 10: Plants
Students will understand that many different kinds of plants live in different environments on Earth. They will identify the parts of plants—roots, stem, leaves and flowers—and learn about the functions of each part.
Week 11: Animals
Students will learn about different systems that help animals get what they need to survive. They will also learn that animals use plants and other animals for food. They will recognize similarities and differences in animals and their parents.
Week 12: Our Bodies
Students will understand that people have different systems that perform different functions—movement, digestion, respiration, etc.—and will recognize the parts of the body that are associated with some of those systems.
Week 13: Living Things Grow
Students will learn that living things need energy to grow and that they change as they grow. They will also learn that living things produce offspring.
Week 14: Be Healthy
Students will learn that exercise helps us stay healthy. They will learn about foods that we should eat often and foods that we should eat only occasionally. They will also understand that doctors, nurses and medicines help us when we are sick.
Week 15: Families
Students will learn that children are cared for by their parents, and also can participate in family chores. They will understand that plants and animals depend on each other. They will also learn some ways that animal parents take care of their young.
Week 16: Homes
Students will learn about different habitats on Earth that plants and animals call home. They will understand that some kinds of plants and animals are in danger of becoming extinct.
Week 17: Share the Earth
Students will understand that people need to use resources carefully, so that they don’t run out.They will also learn that some living things are in danger and need to be protected.
Week 18: What Are Things Made Of?
Students will explore the idea that objects can be described by the materials they are made of and that many things are made of smaller parts. They will learn that materials can exist in different states and understand the difference between solids and liquids.
Week 19: Things Can Change
Students will learn that people can change some properties of matter by doing something to them, e.g., cutting, heating, freezing, etc. They will also learn that materials respond in different ways when people try to change them. Students will be able to describe changes in size, shape, color, etc. and note what properties stay the same.
Week 20: Energy
Students will explore how matter and energy interact. They will learn that heat can be produced in different ways and that all living things need energy that comes from food. Students will also learn that light passes through some objects but not others.
Week 21: Move It
Students will discuss how things move—in a straight line, back and forth, fast, slowly, etc. They will learn that pushing or pulling can change how things are moving.
Week 22: Forces
Students will continue to explore the relationship of force and motion. They will learn about natural forces like gravity and magnets.
Week 23: Models and Systems
Students will learn that most things are made of parts that work together and that things may not work if parts are missing. They will understand that, put together, parts can do things they couldn’t do separately.
Week 24: Technology
Students will explore how technology can help make people’s lives better. They will learn about tools that help us do work and understand that people can work alone or in groups to find new ways to solve problems.