• Science Grade 1

    Scope and Sequence: 

    FIRST GRADE Updated 2021

    **Elem Science in NHPS uses kits that rotate among schools.

    Check with each school for Rotation Details.                              



    • Observe living things and determine patterns of similarities and differences between young and adult organisms.
    • Construct an explanation and defend an argument with evidence about how to tell apart types of organisms.
    • Model how external parts of organisms help them survive.
    • Investigate patterns of objects (Sun, Moon, stars) in the sky.
    • Predict using evidence when the sky will be light and dark, and construct an explanation.
    • Investigate how light is transmitted and interacts with different materials.
    • Design a solution using light properties to help someone in the dark.
    • Plan investigations and collect data about vibrating objects making sound.
    • Demonstrate a device that uses sound or light to communicate over a distance.


    • Make observations about demonstrations, experiments and events.
    • Form questions and wonderings about phenomena using observations and prior knowledge.
    • Know the difference between observations and conclusions.
    • Ask questions about others’ conclusions.
    • Use appropriate tools to make measurements and collect data.
    • Plan a simple cause/effect investigation.
    • Explain basic safety and ethical impacts of science investigations.
    • Design and refine simple visual or physical models that represent science events.
    • Display data using visual representations.
    • Connect data to appropriate conclusions.
    • Make an explanation about a science concept based on observations and data.
    • Communicate with others about science ideas and possible flaws.
    • Use appropriate science vocabulary when communicating about science events.
    • Design solutions to real-life problems, and be able to refine them after seeing the results.

    Science How You Can Help Your Child

    • Visit together, observe together, wonder together, think together, tinker together and most importantly, talk together!
    • Be positive about science learning.
    • Be positive about your child being curious about the world and taking time to “figure things out” by predicting, talking, investigating, not just “learn about” by looking up an answer.
    • Encourage students to develop and test their own understandings and explanations of the world.
    • Encourage exploration of simple objects around the house (movement, light, sound, heat), the world outside (sky, weather, trees, yard, the earth), living things (humans, animals, plants) and technology (cars, TVs, machines).
    • Encourage use of simple measurement tools at home (hand lens, rulers, thermometers, scales) and encourage use of math.
    • Use and visit local resources (museums, parks, family nights, science programs/events at Yale, other places).

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