1st Grade Science and Social Studies

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Course Summary

In first-grade science and social studies, students explore different topics and concepts by reading a variety of culturally relevant and diverse texts that are strategically placed into thematic units in order to build a deeper understanding of an idea or concept. In social studies, the units are designed to help scholars develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and how the efforts of single individuals, or groups of individuals, can help make the world a better place. In science, scholars explore patterns in nature involving sound and light. They also learn about the different ways that plants and animals use their body parts and senses to grow and survive, and examine the differences between plants and animals of the same species.

At Match Elementary School, our social studies and science block is part of our core reading instruction. Therefore, our science and social studies lessons follow the same model for teaching reading—a hybrid of interactive read aloud and a reader’s workshop mini-lesson. Target tasks are a central part of each daily lesson and offer opportunities for writing and discussion that both deepen students’ understanding of the content and target reading strategy and build their writing and discussion skills. Reading, writing, and discussion strategies learned during the social studies and science block are practiced and supported by other reading blocks during the day (e.g., word study, shared reading, writer’s workshop, guided reading, independent reading, and play-based learning labs). We also believe in the power of hands-on learning in all science and social studies units; therefore, labs and projects should be included in every unit and should serve as a chance for scholars to grapple with the content they have read about and build a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the material.

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Science and Social Studies at Match

At Match Education we have ambitious goals for our students. Through our teaching, we strive to transform our scholars into critical readers, writers, and thinkers, and we seek to widen our students’ perspectives and deepen their character so that they can better understand themselves and the world around them.

In grades kindergarten through five, our science and social studies curriculum does double duty. It exposes students to the core knowledge, skills, and habits of thinking needed to be successful in science and social studies, while at the same time honing students’ ability to read and write about complex informational texts. In this way the science and social studies curriculum in the elementary grades is a core component of Match’s overall approach to English language arts instruction. Through daily science or social studies instruction centered on reading, discussing, and analyzing nonfiction texts, combined with daily reading and writing instruction focused on literary texts, we help our students build the skills to become strong readers and writers.

Our elementary science and social studies curriculum is also under development. In this first phase of its development we have focused heavily on the skills and standards involved in reading and writing about informational texts. Over the next year it will evolve to include more detailed hands-on projects, labs, and activities in order to more deeply engage students in the content and teach important thinking and problem-solving skills.

For more information, view our full Science and Social Studies Program Overview.