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First Grade: Structure and Function

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Driving Question: What are some ways plants and animals meet their needs so that they can survive and grow? How are parents and their children similar and different?

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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.

Systems Model

Structure and Function

Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.

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

I Don't Want to Be A Frog

Oscar and the Cricket

Animals Should Not Wear Clothing

The Little Snowplow

Good Trick Walking Stick

The Little Snowplow

What If You Had Animal Feet?

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.

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  • 1-LS1-1
    • #1 Is it Living?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 4
    • #2 Is it an Animal?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 10
    • #3 Is it a Plant?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 16
    • #4 Is it Made of Parts?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 22
    • #6 Do They Need Air?, USI in Primary Grades, p. 32
    • #7 Senses, USI in Primary Grades, p. 36

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