Social Studies/Science


Science

There are six units of study covered over a two year cycle. We will study three units in science class each year.  Our hands-on FOSS Science Program comes to us through Grant Wood AEA.


Plants and Animals Module

This unit provides experiences that heighten students' awareness of the way that plants and animals meet their basic needs. Students observe the structure of plants and discover ways to propagate new plants from mature plants (from seeds, bulbs, roots, and stem cuttings). They observe and describe changes that occur as plants grow, and compare classroom plants to those in the schoolyard. They design terrariums and provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in the classroom.


Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

This unit provides experiences that heighten primary students' awareness, curiosity, and understanding of Earth's natural resources – rocks, soil, and water – and provides opportunities for students to engage in scientific and engineering practices. Students explore the natural world by using simple tools to observe and describe properties of earth materials.

 

Balls and Ramps

Students will discover balls have different physical properties and characteristics. There is a relationship between the physical properties of balls and their motion and behavior on inclined planes. There is also a relationship between the steepness of an inclined plane and the motion of balls.


The name of our Social Studies text is "A Child's View" published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers.


 

Social Studies

There are six units of study covered over a two year cycle: 
Unit 1    Rules and Laws
Unit 2    Where People Live
Unit 3    We Love Our Country
Unit 4    Our Changing World
Unit 5    Meeting People
Unit 6    The Marketplace

 

Introduced Skills include:
  • Chart and Graph Skills
  • Citizenship Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Map and Globe Skills
  • Reading Social Studies Skills
  • Study Skills
 
Literature and Music and Biographies of famous people are also included as features of the program.

Check out the website at http://www.harcourtschool.com/ss1 

Our Social Studies curriculum also includes the Scholastic/Weekly Reader magazine.  Weekly Reader is a current events and topics of interest weekly publication that first and second graders read and discuss during the school year.