This week we have been getting our hands a bit dirty in this new science unit! It is all about using our senses to learn about nature. We are focusing on plants and animals. On Monday the class was introduced with a video about a venus fly trap plant closing with a earthworm crawling across the plant. The video created wonder in children to formulate questions about plant structures that will be answered through exploration and discovery within each lesson. The children also viewed a video about a star nosed mole and observed the functions and animal structures this specific example shows. The last video that was shown to students was a 22 day time-lapse video of a tulip growing in an outdoor garden showing the behavior of the tulip in both night and day time frames. These three videos provided children with opportunities to come up with questions that will guide their learning throughout this Unit.
In this unit, the first graders will make sense of this phenomenon through exposure to text, media, and hands on learning stations in the classroom. Students will have many opportunities to talk with peers as well as complete models with information obtained during each learning sequence. The students will participate in the first two learning sequences involving the structures and functions of plants and animals. Students will be involved in learning stations where they will make models as well as observe and explore hands on examples of plant/animal structures and functions.
By the end of this Unit, students will be introduced to the concept of biomimicry. Wow!!! Such a big word for first grade! Students will be able to explain the structures and functions of animals and plants as well as identify survival growth needs for both plants and animals. The culminating learning sequence will have the students take all information learned throughout the Unit and tie it together to create/engineer a problem that needs to be solved. I can’t wait to share more about this unit as we unpack it and learn together!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Wednesday May 8th- Early Dismissal: Professional Development for Teachers
Saturday, May 18th- Calling All Superheroes 12-4pm