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1st Grade Science Skills
Prior Standards Implementation
Life Science | Earth Science | Physical Science |
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Page last edited 2/27/2009
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The Exploratorium - Explore hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits along with hands-on science projects, on-line science activities, science news and magazines. This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer.
Science Toy Maker - A non-commercial, teacher-created site for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make fun, mysterious science toys and projects that entice scientific investigation.
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( based on Tennessee Curriculum Standards )
- Amazing Animal Senses - let your students compare animal senses to human senses
- Christmas Bear and his Five Senses - [ this link opens in a new window ] Students teach Christmas Bear how to use his five senses to learn about his surroundings. ( Author - Sandi King )
- Five Senses - A very complete online unit plan (bilingual - Spanish) that integrates all subject areas based around learning the 5 senses.
- Five Senses and Four Seasons Quilt - Students will help make a Five Senses and Four Seasons quilt and cinquain poem.
- Learning to Look - five activities in one, introducing students to sensory investigation
- Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World - reading level is too high for your students, but this site is packed full of great information for their teacher
- Stick Out Your Tongue and Say Aah - full of good information to help a teacher plan a unit
- Teaching Children About the Five Senses - from Nibbles ... Ideas for Families presented by University of Illinois Extension
- The Senses - experiments and activities for kindergarten and above
- Touching - presented by The Franklin Institute
- Critter Craze - [ this link opens on a new page ] This lesson introduces the concepts of basic needs, grouping, and habitats. ( Author - Laurie Ayers )
- Match Animals to their Habitat - [ this link opens on a new page ] select one of the twelve habitats at Animal Universe and choose animals that live in that habitat (select Maybe Later on the registration screen)
- Snuffy's Safari (Sesame Street) - [ this link opens on a new page ] travel to one of three environments and search for animals that live there using Sunffy's binoculars.
- Squish the Fish - [ Reading skills required ] Help Squish travel out across the reef to find his lunch. He needs to find friends who will help him hide from his nemesis, Big Tooth Blob. Learn about shape, color, and behavioral adaptations for survival.
- How bad is the air you breathe ? Learn how the air becomes dirty. (a quiz is included)
- Learn about pesticides . Are they good? What are they used for? (a quiz is included)
- Take a test about how you use water ! Twenty five questions that will help you be a better user of water.
- What is a hazardous waste ? How does garbage effect you? (a quiz is included)
Food Production and Energy for Life
- Critter Craze - [ this link opens on a new page ] introduces the concepts of basic needs, grouping, and habitats ( Author - Laurie Ayers )
- Growing Plants - give water to the plants in this interactive game from the BBC
- Identify Basic Needs of Living Things - You may want to remove some slides from this show before using it.
- The Farm - [ Reading skills required ] Visit several areas of the farm and notice the different types of things which live there. This is an excellent beginning site that teaches your students about the farm in addition to practicing beginning computer skills such as clicking once and using arrow keys.
- As the Earth Turns - [ this link opens on a new page ] Students learn that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth. ( Author - Sandi King )
- Sunrise Sunset - [ this link opens on a new page ] Students learn about the apparent movement of the sun across the day sky. Students then learn to relate time of day to the location of the sun. ( Author - Sandi King )
- The Night Sky Live - best as a whole class activity - click on an asterisk on the map to see the night sky live from someplace around the world.
- How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun ? - Students compare two objects at different distances. Students explore the concept that distance affects how we perceive the size of objects.
- A Venn Diagram for recording things seen in the day and nighttime sky (a worksheet from Science NetLinks )
- See where the sun and moon are located - this applet allows students to see exactly where the sun and moon are located in relation to Earth.
- What Makes Shadows ? Students learn about shadows as they observe and draw the shadow of a classmate. In the extension activity, students observe and discuss shadows changing over time.
- Seasonal Changes Lesson Plans From Scholastic - The activities in this theme unit take advantage of opportunities for students to practice observation and description skills, as well as extending students' experience into other curricular areas, such as language arts and art.
- Winter Wiz Kids - all about winter weather
- Eye on the Sky - [ this link opens in a new window ] the scientist (your student) is asked to enter weather observations. Based on the entries, a summary of conditions is compiled
- Weather in the Science Lab - Select Weather in the list of labs. The illustration shows a water cycle. Click on The Weather Maker near the top of the weather window. Set temperature of two air masses and the relative humidity. Then see what weather develops. Click on the book in the bottom left corner to read about weather.
- Make Your Own Weather Station - You can become an amateur meteorologist by building your own weather station and keeping a record of your measurements. Use this as a class project.
- How Much Soil is There? - using an apple as an analogy
- Pebbles, Sand, and Silt - find out how earth materials are used all around us
- Rocks and Minerals - from The Franklin Institute
- Rocks and Soils - perform virtual experiments at this BBC interactive site
- Sand - This web site is all about sand. It is a place where you can learn about sand, see a variety of different kinds of sand, and look at sands from different places around the world.
- Sands of the World - an interactive earth science project
- Soil Science and Worm Composting - lesson plan
- Soil Science Basics - links to other resources (some links are to dead pages)
- How Minerals are Used - Move your cursor over each image to see a common item made from that mineral.
- Centimeters - [ this link opens on a new page ] to nearest whole number ( from FunBrain )
- Centimeters - [ this link opens on a new page ] to half centimeter ( from FunBrain )
- Heaviest to Lightest - Look at the figures on each line. Click once on the lightest object. Click twice on the heaviest object.
- Inches - [ this link opens on a new page ] to nearest whole number ( from FunBrain )
- Inches - [ this link opens on a new page ] to quarter inch ( from FunBrain )
Interactions of Matter
- Dissolving Substances - investigate the effect of solar energy on a balanced system
- Sound & Noise: Household Science for Kids - 2 different projects to help demonstrate some of the physics of sound
- Sound in the Science Lab - Select Sound in the list of labs. The illustration is animated and shows how clapping hands make sound. Next, click on Exploring Pitch and Volume near the top of the sound window. Strike the glasses hard and then gently and observe the difference. Now look at the sound waves as you strike different glasses. Click on the book in the bottom left corner to read about sound.
- Sounds and Hearing - experiment with sounds with this BBC quiz
- Changing Sounds - investigate how sounds can be changed