Kathryn Yablonski

Kathryn Yablonski
1st Grade Science
80 Lessons
Vincent Farm Elementary
White Marsh, MD
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What does a scientist do?
Big Idea: Are your students scientists? Do they see themselves as scientists? What makes you a scientist anyhow? By the end of this lesson, students will be able to say, "I am a scientist!"
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Scientists Use Tools to Observe~ Hand Lenses
Big Idea: "Wow! Look what I found!" Today your first grade scientists will use hand lenses to make observations in the schoolyard.
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Scientists Sort/Categorize: Living or Non-Living?
Big Idea: What makes something a living thing? We know plants and animals are living, and rocks are non-living. But kids will wonder-- how about a dead leaf? How about a river? How about a zombie?
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How Do Scientists Observe, Record, and Describe?
Big Idea: What does a scientist do? Two of the major scientific practices are making observations and communicating observations through writing and drawing. How can students draw or write to show what they observed? Find out here!
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Scientists Ask and Answer Questions
Big Idea: Got science? First graders are naturally curious, which makes them perfect scientists! Today, students will ask and answer questions about how animals survive.
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Scientists Read for Information
Big Idea: How do external parts help animals survive? Find out how an elephant's trunk helps it meet its needs, and how it learns these behaviors from its mom.
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Scientists Read for Information #2
Big Idea: What would you do if you have a tail like a lizard, a nose like a platypus, or feet like a chimpanzee? Find out about amazing animals with author Steve Jenkins!
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How do scientists communicate their work through writing?
Big Idea: What do scientists do? How do they write to communicate what they observed? Today we'll practice observing, writing, and reflecting on ways to strengthen our scientific writing.
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Scientists Observe: Wiggly Worms Day 1
Big Idea: Give 'em what they want-- students make observations... of real, live animals! Mealworms are an awesome wiggly way to explore natural phenomena of life cycles!
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How do scientists ask questions?
Big Idea: Students drive the learning by formulating questions!
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Scientists Observe: Wiggly Worms Day 2
Big Idea: Did you survive Day 1 of wiggly mealworms in your classroom? Now that your students have observed them, let's fill in the details with texts.
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Scientists Build Models
Big Idea: Show me what you know about animals' external parts! Students will use clay to make a 3-D model of an animal and describe how at least one part helps the animal meet its needs.
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Scientists Share Their Learning
Big Idea: The big reveal! In this lesson, students will "show what they know" by sharing their 3-D animal models. Can they describe how external parts help the animal?
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