Early Childhood

Science in 1st grade

Does anyone have any project ideas they have done for teaching a Bee unit or a class garden unit over a course of 2 weeks? Any suggestions will be helpful! Thanks

Nicole Shouse
Nicole Shouse
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Nicole, I did a Search in the Learning Center for "bees" and found lots of ideas for a unit. The search button I used is in the top left corner of the Learning Center pages. Good luck. I think you will find a lot of ideas from the NSTA journal articles and book chapters.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48540 Activity Points

Some ideas that may take up a few days: The students can create their own garden with flowers in a window box. That will probably take a day or two depending on how long each subject is taught. After they are finished they can place them outside and hopefully the bees will come around. Some students can leave their flower boxes inside and see if there is a difference in how the plants grow from being inside vs outside. Another day they learn about pollination. BrainPOP is a great website to learn about all topics.

Lauren Bonnet
Lauren Bonnet
16050 Activity Points

teacherspayteachers.com is a wonderful site where you can find tons of resources for anything that you might be thinking of doing with your class.

Jenny Reyes
Jenny Reyes
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I just looked at this link http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/sc09_047_01_19 and find it interested to learn. The younger children would be more engage with learning about how the season change

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
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There are so many sources that are interesting after reading every post. I think it is very useful and it shows many option that we can select.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
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Hi Nicole,
I noticed that you are in Maryland so wondering about your ideas for gardening this time of year? Do you have access to a space on your school grounds? If so you might want to consider something for students to plant in the fall. Sometimes garden supply places will donate bulbs and soil enhancers for such a project. Would this work for you?

The Early Years: Planting Before Winter
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/sc09_047_01_19

Planting flower bulbs is a wonderful activity for many reasons: learning about the life cycle of a plant bulb teaches children about seasonal changes and the environmental needs of plants, and children can observe and measure plant growth over time and see the results of their work in the spring. Conversation about where to plant can build awareness of how the outdoor space is used by other people and animals, where the Sun shines on the ground, where the rain falls, and draws attention to soil as a resource.

This is another article about pollinators which you might find useful
Pollinator Garden
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959129.6
By having students discuss the ingredients that make up a healthy insect habitat and create a seed ball for habitat enhancement, students will be able to understand the components of a pollinator garden

Let us know if either of these work for you.

You also might want to search using the phrase: - The Early Years - which would give you a wealth of articles on lessons by Peggy Ashbrook our NSTA k-2 specialist on many science topics

Best Arlene JL

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42030 Activity Points

I've never heard of a pollinator garden! This sounds like something that our students would be interested in doing with our community garden on campus.

Angela Zuccarini
Angela Zuccarini
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Wow, thank you so much for all the resources and direction. I do not have my own classroom yet, but I am doing a 2-week unit in a class and hope to use these ideas and lessons one day. I would love to give students this type of learning experience:)

Nicole Shouse
Nicole Shouse
1290 Activity Points

Hi Nicole: Have you looked at the following website? http://bumblebeeconservation.org/get-involved/bumble-kids/activities/ Lots of activities grouped by age appropriateness http://blog.growingwithscience.com/2010/05/honey-bees-science-activities-for-kids/ Activities based on a child's trade book. http://www.abfnet.org/?page=16 American Beekeeping Federation Hope these help, Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
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These are really great resources! I am studying to become a first grade/kindergarten teacher so these resources are really helpful!

Uroosa Hussain
Uroosa Hussain
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Wow, these resources are really helpful and great! I am looking forward to teaching the younger grade levels so this was definitely helpful!

Thanh Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
1185 Activity Points

oh wow these are some good sources. Thanks for sharing with us :)

Shamama Nargis
Shamama Nargis
2845 Activity Points

Thanks for all of the useful information. I have been starting my classroom collection as I graduate in May. I appreciate everyone's help.

Claudia Rex
Claudia Rex
3180 Activity Points

These are such great tips! Thank you for the information!

Bonnie Irwin
Bonnie Irwin
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Thank you for the resources! This will be a part of my collection of ideas for next year.

Idara Atai
Idara Atai
1285 Activity Points

I will definitely be adding these to my collection they are great resources. Thank you! Hope you were able to use some for your lesson.

Liliana Garcia
Liliana Garcia
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Thanks for this information! I'm student teaching this semester in a first grade classroom and I'm starting to think about some different science lessons I can introduce to my students. These are really great ideas!

Katherine Tomaselli
Katherine Tomaselli
1940 Activity Points

This was so helpful. So many great ideas and tips for this lesson! I will definitely be using this in the near future! thank you so much!!

Fozia Baig
fozia baig
800 Activity Points

teacherspayteachers.com is a great website for anything you may be searching for and some resources are free!!!

Victoria Rodriguez
Victoria Alvarez
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As another person had said, teacherspayteachers.com is a great resource for various activities. You can join for free, and search for free resources. Sadly, some resources cots money but I have found some great free ones. You could find a nice video online as an intro to bees, or you could make a digital story if you want to have all the components you want in your lesson.

KIm Nguyen
Kim Nguyen
1005 Activity Points

I think students would love a hands on activity like planting their own mini garden! Maybe doing different types of seeds planted per student. The project can last as much as it takes for the garden to grow, and the students can record their observations daily. They can also finish the unit off by creating a project that relates the seed growing into the picked vegetation.

Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
1555 Activity Points

This is a great website which is similar to the commonly known website teacherspayteacher.com http://www.sharemylesson.com/ it has TONS of information and free lesson plans!

Chassidy Pittman
Chasidy Pittman
1205 Activity Points

The resources provided are very helpful for a new teacher, I will be adding many of them to my collection as I will be graduating in December. Thank you for the resources.

Johana Montoya
Johana Montoya
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The resources provided are very helpful for a new teacher, I will be adding many of them to my collection as I will be graduating in December. Thank you for the resources.

Johana Montoya
Johana Montoya
1345 Activity Points

The resources provided are very helpful for a new teacher, I will be adding many of them to my collection as I will be graduating in December. Thank you for the resources.

Johana Montoya
Johana Montoya
1345 Activity Points

Have each table group plant something to take care of everyday! Students monitor what they do and at what times. Then at the end the students can see how their plant reacted to their choices. If they watered too much, too little, put it in the shade, or sun etc. See if they can come to a conclusion about how to take care of plants after a week of experimenting.

Jennifer Malloy
Jennifer Malloy
235 Activity Points

If people are still looking for Bee ideas, I wrote about 3 different insect citizen science projects here, one of them has to do with bees and could be fun in the early fall or spring. http://www.shareitscience.com/2015/07/insect-investigations-summertime.html Also, a great resource for all sorts of science lessons is: http://www.howtosmile.org/ (I know it doesn't sound like science and math, but it is a treasure trove!)

Sarah Benton Feitlinger
Sarah Benton
1740 Activity Points

I would try bringing in a plant and show your students how bees tend to go towards the flowers and explain why they do so. Cheap and easy why. They can also keep count of the number of bees or which plant was the most popular for the bees and why.

Rachael Drab
Rachael Drab
280 Activity Points

teacherspayteachers is what I used for a pre-k science unit last semester. Some are free on there, some you have to pay a small amount for.

Tyler Hohenstein
Tyler Hohenstein
230 Activity Points

http://aroundthekampfire.blogspot.com/ is a great website with a lot of good hands on science projects specifically with smaller insects and important home garden concepts such as pollination. I liked this website because it was all very simple concepts that could be reinforced in really unique ways. Hope this helps!

Madison Dayer
Madison Dayer
190 Activity Points

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