General Science and Teaching

First Grade Science Lesson

I am currently working towards a degree in Elementary Education and am required to teach a first grade science lesson. If you have any exciting topics or lessons I would love your advice!

Caroline Cummings
Caroline Cummings
160 Activity Points

Hi!! I did a 5E Lesson on the solar system. The students enjoyed the topic. You can also do it on solids, liquids, and gas which is another lesson they enjoy or on plants.

Katarina Hernandez
Katarina Hernandez
445 Activity Points

I observed a science lesson in one of my field placements over camouflage. The teacher introduced the concept of camouflage to her first graders and asked why animals use it. My teacher used a moth as an example and how it uses camouflage to hide from predators. She gave each student a moth cutout and told students to camouflage it around the room. For example, my teacher has a red cloth in her classroom and she colored her moth red and taped it to the cloth. Once students camouflaged their moth, she had students look around to find each others. The students really enjoyed the activity and learned a lot too! Hope this helps! Allison

Allison Hiestand
Allison Hiestand
20 Activity Points

Hello Caroline! An interesting science lesson that you could do with first graders would be over living and nonliving things. It is very interesting during the engage portion of a science lesson to hear students talk about what they think are living and nonliving things. Also to help students get a better understanding of living and nonliving things look into books that go over the topic such as Living and Nonliving by Abbie Dunne. Additionally, look into bringing objects and allowing students to explore and question if the object or thing is living or nonliving. Good luck and hope this helps!

Karina Herrera
Karina Herrera
395 Activity Points

I did a lesson on food cycles. It was a 5E, I would recommend that you take a lot on 5E because it is hands on and students are thinking through out the lesson.

Virginia E Lopez
Virginia E Lopez
1125 Activity Points

Hello Virginia, That is a great lesson idea. The food cycle helps teach about nutrition within the science content. The 5E is a very helpful tool to have in a lesson plan because, in my opinion, I have found it helpful to make sure I have gotten all the aspects of a lesson. My students and their learning are my main priority so I want them to get the most out of my lessons. Great job!

Marissa Berger
Marissa Berger
3819 Activity Points

Hi! I did a 5E lesson plan on living and nonliving things, as well as the needs of living organisms and the first grade students whom I worked with were very interested in learning this! Also, parts of a plant by having them grow a plant is great!

Madison Calleiro
Madison Calleiro
345 Activity Points

When studying the states of matter make Oobleck with your students. Just look up Oobleck on the internet and you will find the recipe.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48540 Activity Points

I'm also in college and one of my classmates did a lesson on living and non-living things. She had a real fish and a Swedish Fish as an example for the kids to see the difference between living and non-living.

Dominique Whitaker
Dominique Whitaker
920 Activity Points

Dominique, thank you for sharing this idea! I am planning to do a 5E lesson for the first-grade class I student teach in, and I think the idea of bringing in a real fish and a Swedish fish to understand differences between living and nonliving organisms is a great way to help the students connect the information to a real-world application. This will make it all the more meaningful for them and easier to understand. I am definitely going to try and incorporate this into the Explore portion of my lesson! I am going to attach a simple and cute educational song for young learners to learn the major characteristics of living and nonliving organisms, and I would always love to hear more about your classmate’s lesson!

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Naimah Urfi
Naimah Urfi
875 Activity Points

Good afternoon Caroline, In relation to your forum, I wanted to share that I recently have created a 5E lesson on living and nonliving things. I will begin by engaging my students with an informative book called "Living or Nonliving?" by Abbie Dunne. After reading the book, I will create an open discussion and a circle map with the students to verify what they know or will learn during the reading time. As a class we will go over a pre-made anchor chart to distinguish living and nonliving things. In addition, for the elaboration area of my lesson I will create a fun hands-on activity. The students will sort multiple items given in a bag into two separate buckets with labels of living and nonliving. At the end, I will verify what students learned overall and they will need to complete a living/nonliving sort. You can replace the book with a video if you would like to use technology instead. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEz7RPvQCAI Hope my lesson helps you, have a wonderful day.

Darlyng Trujillo
Darlyng Trujillo
271 Activity Points

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