I enjoyed the cute, completely child-friendly way that this video tackles what may seem like tough material. It doesn’t ‘simplify’ the science content, but instead makes it relatable to young children.
So many ideas! With 75 learning experiences, this page has links to activities galore. Not only does this resource outline (or, have links to pages that outline) how to teach the lessons in life sciences, but it also comes complete with curriculum connections, related books, supply lists and more.
Even though this is just one possibility when it comes to lessons in the life sciences, it really struck me as a well-rounded choice. Honey bees give you the choice of sticking with straight science or adding geography into the mix. One of the best parts of this lesson is the full list of reproducibles included!
I always enjoy adding a literature aspect to lessons. This list gives teachers plenty of different options for using books with life sciences content. Even though other science areas are included, I like how the list narrows down the science-inspired books and provides choices for using with plants and animal-based activities.
It may seem simple, but this article/graphic organizer is something that I can see as being beyond useful. Being able to visually represent the concepts at hand (in this case, life sciences) makes learning more concrete. This free download does just that!
The Next Generation Science Standards offer a comprehensive list of learning concepts that students should know, based on grade level. This first-grade standard list provides teachers with life science-specific practices, ideas, and concepts as well as Common Core connections.