1st Grade Science and Social Studies

Students explore a variety of topics including ancient Egypt, biographies of famous leaders, and animal survival, by reading and discussing carefully selected informational texts.

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 students 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, students explore patterns in nature. 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 students to grapple with the content they have read about and build a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the material.



Continents: Understanding the World

Students read informational texts about the seven continents, and what makes each of them unique, while working to understand text features and develop skills in writing about informational texts.

25 Lessons



In this science-based unit, students explore different animals and animal adaptations by reading informational texts, working to identify main topics, retell details and write responses to the text.

32 Lessons


Biographies: You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be

In this inspirational biography unit, students read and learn about a diverse assortment of artists, musicians, and dancers, while focusing on identifying evidence from texts and illustrations.

29 Lessons


Ancient Egypt

Students explore the values, daily routines, structures, and rituals of ancient Egypt and compare them to those of society today, while exploring the evidence an author uses to support points in a text.

23 Lessons


Fighting for Change

Students learn about the concepts of fairness and justice and about people who worked to overcome injustice, while developing informational reading strategies for reading narrative nonfiction texts.

35 Lessons