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Unit Plans - Learner Level 1: Science


  • A "Sense"sational Christmas (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: You canít stop teaching the standards at holiday time, so why not integrate science, health, social studies, and language arts while involving a Christmas theme? Christmas is rich in its appeal to the senses, so these handsĖon activities will stimulate your students' awareness of their surroundings and how they learn about their world. Students explore the five senses with books, poetry, songs, movement, and experiments along with other traditional Christmas activities.

  • Eye on the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this unit, students learn about the sky. They learn why we have day and night, why the sun is important, and why the moon doesnít always look the same. Students also investigate the stars and planets. All the lessons are literature-based with hands-on activities and experiments. *Since it takes 28/29 days to fully observe the phases of the moon, send home the calendar observation sheet two weeks before you start the unit. See unit attached files to find the observation sheet.

  • Going to Grandma's (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based integrated unit uses both fiction and nonfiction to explore modes of transportation and how things move. All five of the components of effective reading instruction are taught. Seven books plus an online book are included as part of this unit. Students learn from their active involvement in the varied activities. Because of the reading standards addressed in this unit, it is best taught near the end of the school year. This unit would make a meaningful, fun-filled conclusion to studentsí kindergarten experience.

  • Happy, Healthy Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about keeping fit and healthy? In the Happy Healthy Me unit, students learn about the heart and practice positive health activities to keep their bodies strong and in good condition. They are introduced to the food pyramid and learn the proper balance of nutritional foods. Students become taste testers and experience an alphabet of nutritious snacks. They also discover more about their muscles and bones and the importance of exercise. Later, children learn how healthy habits, sleep, and living tobacco free make for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Living Things (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this unit is for first graders to learn about living things. Students will learn how to group living things, basic needs of living things, that there are many different living things and that each has an environment. They will also learn how living things adapt to both their environment and for survival purposes. Language Arts skills are reinforced using the science content.

  • Our Picnic, The Study of Matter (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do first graders understand science concepts? This literature-based unit uses scientific inquiry and strategies of problem-based learning in helping students discover the properties of matter. Through hands-on experiences, students discover how to protect their Popsicles from melting.

  • Patterns, Patterns Everywhere (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this unit is to involve students in the process of recognizing, extending, describing, classifying, and creating a variety of patterns. Students become pattern detectives as they participate in hands-on activities in which they look for patterns in language, math, and science. Students create records of patterns, which will be combined into a picture pattern book for each child. This book serves as a daily record of the studentís activities and understanding as well as an assessment tool.

  • Sky High Counting (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered about the day sky and night sky? This integrated unit actively involves kindergarten students in understanding the day sky, night sky, and movement of the sun across the sky as they learn to count to ten. Students also use literature to learn to predict outcomes and relate events to their own lives. Students then use the math, science, and reading concepts taught to write their own counting books.

  • Weather Trackers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a second grade unit on weather called Weather Trackers. Students experience fun, fascinating facts about weather through hands-on activities about the rain cycle, measuring rain with a rain gauge, conducting experiments with temperature and making a cloud booklet.

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