1st Grade

EOExploring Organisms (L)
Exploring Organisms introduces students to the importance of structure and function in plants and animals and the ties that exist between parents and their offspring. Students actively investigate the difference between living and nonliving things, the needs that all of life depends upon, the structures that organisms have to help them obtain these needs, the parental roles that exist in the animal kingdom, and the similarities and variations that exist between parents and their offspring. Throughout the unit, students tie in the basic concepts of structure and function that help different species survive. Students also begin to observe patterns that exists between parents and their offspring, starting with the forms of communication and types of parental care that exists between many animals. Students then begin to observe the pattern that offspring look similar, but not identical, to their parents, by looking at themselves and their own relatives. By the end of the unit, students understand that variations exist between the parents and offspring of all members of the plant and animal kingdoms. The unit culminates with an engineering activity in which small groups work together to apply what they know about structure and function to design a solution to a real-life problem that exists for human parents in the care of their offspring.

Performance Expectations: 1-LS1-1; 1-LS1-2; 1-LS3-1; K-2-ETS1-2

Teacher supplied items (not supplied in kit): 6 bath towels (optional, just for cleaning up), scissors, 1 photo of you with your parents, water, chart paper, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, crayons, markers, newspapers.

  Plant secrets
Are you
Eye to Eye
Baby Animals


SWSky Watchers (E)
Students directly observe the Sun, Earth, Moon, and solar system. Students describe the differences between the daytime and nighttime skies, then use models and demonstrations to investigate Earth’s rotation on its axis, its revolution around the Sun, and its tilt relative to the Sun. They experiment to explore the effects of the Sun’s light and heat on Earth, trace the path of a shadow, and compare temperatures in sunlight and shade. Students study the Moon and identify the monthly pattern of its phases. Finally, they synthesize information about the planets and their relative size to construct their own solar system models.

Performance Expectations: 1-ESS1-1; 1-ESS1-2

Teacher supplied items (not supplied in kit): Crayons.



LSWLight & Sound Waves (P)
Students explore the physical science concepts of light and sound waves, and investigate to find that both phenomena travel in waves. Students use flashlights to collect evidence of how light travels and how it interacts with different materials as they manipulate the path of light and experiment with several materials. Students investigate sound and how it travels. By creating different sounds and examining how the sound is produced, students trace the wave from the point at which it is created to the ear.

​Performance Expectations:​ 1-PS4-1; 1-PS4-2; 1-PS4-3; 1-PS4-4; K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2

​Teacher supplied items (not in kit): Cut saran wrap, hand wipes, crayons, scissors, 12 plastic milk cartons (or translucent examples), 1 trash can (can be the one in your room), water, chart paper, glue sticks and markers.