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Old 04-14-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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In primary grades (K-2), what do you consider the most important themes for science. I would like to supplement our curriculum. It has a lot on animals and defenses. I added living/non-living, animal classification and habitats. I just finished butterflies (insects). We have a butterfly growing in the room now. I am looking for something interactive or experiments that would be fun and memorable. I created a magnet unit with many experiments for this week. We have our vacation week but then do I want to do frogs, plants, solar system, states of matter?? Not sure...any suggestions.


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Our science units were created using our state science standards which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Does your state follow the NGSS?

We have 5 units in first grade. Grades 2-5 have 6 units.
>> Earth Science, Patterns, and Changes
>> Parent and Child Behaviors (plants/animals)
>> Waves of Sound and Light
>> Plants and Animals Parts and Functions
>> Engineering Projects
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We are a private school using a specific curriculum, but I don't think it cover enough topics or provides enough information on the topics. Thank you for the list...it looks like the basic themes we had when I taught public school. I have never heard of Next Generation Science Standards...is that regional?
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They are voluntary national standards. Many states have aligned their science standards with NGGS or are in the process of doing so. Textbook companies are getting into it also.

https://www.nextgenscience.org/search-standards

If you can choose what you want to do, I think states of matter is fun with lots of hands-on activities. Also, the kids loved our sound and light unit. You can find lots of experiments and activities on google and youtube.
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thanks...yes, I can basically do what I want within reasonable limits


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