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1st Grade

The performance expectations set up by Next Generation Science Standards for first grade state that students must be able to formulate answers to questions such as: "What happens when materials vibrate?", "What happens when there is no light?", "What are some ways plants and animals meet their needs so that they can survive and grow?", "How are parents and their children similar and different?", "What objects are in the sky and how do they seem to move?"

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)performance expectations for first grade include PS4, LS1, LS3, and ESS1 Disciplinary Core Ideas from the NRC Framework. First graders are expected to develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and vibrating materials as well as between the availability of light and ability to see objects. At this level, students are able to understand the idea that light travels from place to place through determining the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. The Nextgen science standards also expect students to develop an understanding of how plants and animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs as well as how behaviors of parents and offspring help the offspring survive. First graders are able to understand that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly the same as, their parents. Students are able to observe, describe, and predict some patterns of the movement of objects in the sky. The crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; structure and function; and influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas.

In the first grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the ideas set out in core Next Generation Science Standards.

    PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • PS4.A: Wave Properties
  • PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
  • PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
    LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
  • LS1.D: Information Processing
    LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits
    ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

First Grade Science

Science education prepares your child to be a discerning consumer and an informed citizen. A solid grounding in science beginning with the early school years is vital if your child wants to pursue the best employment opportunities in science-related areas. Help your first grader learn science better with the help of science games, cool science experiments and science lesson plans that conform to the Next Generation Science Standards. The best science education for your child is now available at your fingertips!

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