1st Grade Science and Social Studies
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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.