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First Grade: Waves

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Driving Question: What happens when materials vibrate? What happens when there is no light?

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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

Light Helps Me See

Oscar and the Cricket

Whoo's There

The Little Snowplow

Sun and Moon

The Little Snowplow

Oscar and the Moth

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-PS4-1
    • #4 Making Sound, p. 39 (USI Vol. 1, 2nd ed. p. 37)
  • 1-PS4-2
    • #24 What Lights up the Moon? (USI in Primary Grades, p. 109)
  • 1-PS4-3
    • #17 Shadow Size (USI in Primary Grades, p. 80)

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