1st Grade Science
Our 1st grade science curriculum builds the skills of collaboration, creative and flexible thinking, problem solving, curiosity and questioning, and communication. "Wiggly Redworms at Work" is the first project-based learning unit in the year. The students learn research skills as they study redworms and vermicomposting. This unit culminates in the publication of books for our classrooms and local and global organizations. In the next unit, students choose an endangered mammal to individually research facts and create a page of a book used to educate others about these mammals. Students also become junior scientists as they learn about major systems of the human body: nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, muscular system, and skeletal system. Each student creates a life-size paper model of the major organs, muscles, and bones. They also learn from doctors who present to the class, including being able to hold a human brain, heart, lungs, and kidney. The primary purpose of this project-based learning unit is for students to understand how their body systems work and to design a project that will teach others how to keep their bodies safe and healthy.
Other units of study include: interactions of color and light; understanding solids, liquids, and gasses; investigating seeds and plant parts; and observable lessons in life cycles, including chickens, butterflies, and ladybugs. The 1st graders also engage in hands-on explorations and lessons in the school's organic garden.
- 1st Grade