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Grade 1

Classroom videos, student handouts, and offline lesson plans will be made available on the days listed below. 
 
You will be able to send these videos and handouts to your students to provide them with key concepts and activities that link to the curriculum.

The offline lesson plans provide a detailed explanation of the concepts and the procedure. You can use this to help teach the lesson. These will also be made available to students without internet access.


life systems
  • Needs of Living Things!

    In this lesson, students will build a birdhouse and learn that animals need air, food, water and shelter to survive.


    MATERIALS

    • Milk/juice carton
    • Scissors
    • Stick (chopstick or popsicle stick)
    • String
    • Pen
    • Optional: paint, paint brushes, bird seed

    HANDOUT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Helping Living Things!

    Students will learn about the characteristics of living things and be a positive impact on animals by creating their own bird feeder.


    MATERIALS

    • Empty toilet paper tube
    • String / twine / pipe cleaners
    • Pen
    • Peanut butter (or alternative if you are allergic)
    • Oats / granola
    • Optional: bird seeds

    HANDOUT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

matter and energy
  • Energy: Where Does it Come From?

    In this lesson, students will investigate how the sun is a primary source of energy for plants and animals. Students will explore the concept of using these sources of energy to make things grow and heat things up!


    MATERIALS

    Sprouting Seeds:

    • A used egg carton
    • Soil
    • Seeds, variety of garden seeds, grass seeds or chia seeds (alternatives: kitchen scraps, apple seeds, tomato seeds, bell pepper seeds)
    • Water
    • Clear plastic bag
    • Box

    Solar Oven:

    • Pizza box (ideal but any smaller box will do)
    • Black construction paper
    • Aluminum foil
    • Stick / dowel rod
    • Tape
    • Clear plastic (like plastic wrap or clear plastic bags)
    • Glue (glue gun is best)
    • Ingredients (s’mores, nachos, etc.)
    • Scissors
    • Magic marker
    • Ruler
    • Oven mitts
    • Thermometer (optional)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Energy: Where Does it Go?

    In this lesson, students will learn about different types of energy in their lives and build a catapult and paper airplane launcher which use energy to make them move.


    MATERIALS

    Catapult 1:

    • Plastic spoon
    • Cotton balls

    Catapult 2:

    • Craft sticks
    • Elastics
    • Large marker
    • Tape
    • Bottle cap
    • Cotton balls

    Paper Airplane Launcher:

    • Craft stick
    • Elastic
    • Tape
    • Paperclip
    • Computer paper or airplane template
    • Crayons or markers

    IMAGES

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

structures and mechanisms
  • Material Matters!

    Students will learn the difference between materials, objects and everyday structures and do activities to practice identifying materials, objects and structures.


    MATERIALS

    • Learning Materials handout
    • Materials Scavenger Hunt handout

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    SCAVENGER HUNT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Friction!

    Students will explore friction using a simple machine and investigate how different materials create different amounts of friction.


    MATERIALS

    • 4 strips of cardboard, wood or other similar material (to make ramps)
    • 1 to 4 toy cars (similar type / wheel size is best)
    • 3 materials of different textures (e.g. sand paper, foil, towel, paper towel, plastic bag)
    • Tape
    • Books, blocks or boxes to prop up ramps (same objects for all ramps is best)
    • Measuring tape and / or stopwatch (optional)

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

earth and space systems
  • Earth Dance!

    Students will pretend to be the Earth in a dark room with a lamp as their ‘Sun’. By spinning (rotating on your axis) you create night and day. Walking in a circle around the lamp (revolving around it) creates the year.


    MATERIALS

    • A lamp without a shade or camping lantern
    • A dark room

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Freeze / Thaw!

    Students will explore the seasonal process of freezing and melting (thawing) water.


    MATERIALS

    • Chocolate chips
    • A microwave-safe bowl
    • A microwave
    • A balloon or water balloon
    • Water
    • A plate
    • A freezer

    HANDOUT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

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