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First Grade: Space Systems

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Driving Question: What objects are in the sky and how do they seem to move?

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First Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

The Moon Seems To Change

Oscar and the Cricket

The Sun Our Nearest Star

The Little Snowplow

The Shortest Day Read

The Little Snowplow

The Reasons for Seasons

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 1-ESS1-1
    • #23 When is My Shadow the Longest? USI in Primary Grades, p. 106
    • #25 When is the Next Full Moon? USI in Primary Grades, p. 114
    • #24 Gazing at the Moon, USI, (vol 1, 2nd Ed), p. 191
    • #25 Going Through Phases, USI, (vol 1, 2nd Ed), p. 199
  • 1-ESS1-2
    • #24 What Lights up the Moon? USI in Primary Grades, p. 109

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