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Friday, September 4, 2015

Science & Social Studies

Our Wonders reading and writing curriculum incorporates many science and social studies concepts. I have aligned the content from our science and social studies grade-level content expectations with our Wonders units and also have added some other concepts that I think are fun and important. However, this year we will be working on transitioning over to using the Next Generation Science Standards so we will also be using the Studies Weekly Science and Social Studies magazines. The topics covered are also listed below.

Wonders Reading

Start Smart
All About Me
What We Can Do

Unit 1
Making Friends
How Do Baby Animals Move
5 Senses

Unit 2
Tools We Use

Unit 3
Sounds Around Us
Places We Go

Unit 4
Helping our Community

Unit 5
Living Things - What They Need
Living Things Grow

Unit 6
Stormy Weather

Unit 7
Baby Animals (How They Are Alike & Different)
Taking Care of Pets
Animal Habitats

Unit 8
Ways to Move (How Things Move & Work, Force of Motion)
What's in the Sky?

Unit 9
Helping Out at Home
Good Citizens
Natural Resources

Unit 10
Problem Solving
Protecting Earth

Additional Concepts
Our Body
Heat & Light

Studies Weekly: Social Studies

Week 1: Welcome to School
Students will view and discuss the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. They will discuss friendship and understand that teachers help them learn. 

Week 2: Location
Students will learn terms that describe relative location (e.g., near, far, etc.), understand the purpose of maps and globes, and describe the location of places in the school. 

Week 3: Rules
Students will understand the necessity of rules and the consequences of breaking them. They will identify authority figures at home and school, and discuss the actions of good citizens. 

Week 4: Responsibility
Students will learn that a responsibility is a duty to do or not do something and will discuss examples of responsibility and privacy. 

Week 5: Time
Students will understand calendar time (e.g., days, weeks, months). Students will use words and phrases related to chronology and time. 

Week 6: History
Students will learn that history tells the story of people in the past and things that happened in the past. They will also learn about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. 

Week 7: Where Do You Live?
Students will understand that we can describe where we live in many different ways. They will know their own phone number, address, city and state. 

Week 8: Timelines
Students will understand how to use and create a timeline using words and phrases related to time. They will begin to develop an awareness of primary sources. 

Week 9: Needs and Wants
Students will identify the difference between needs and wants and will understand that people work to earn money for things they need and want. 

Week 10: The First Thanksgiving
Students will learn about the Mayflower’s journey to America, the experiences of the Pilgrims, and the hardships of surviving in a new country. 

Week 11: Earth
Students will identify basic landforms, bodies of water and cardinal directions. They will explain that maps and globes help locate places. 

Week 12: Seasons
Students will learn about seasons on Earth and will describe seasonal weather changes. They will understand how weather affects people and the environment.

Week 13: Weather
Students will learn about different types of weather and some effects it has on people and the environment. 

Week 14: Good Citizens
Students will demonstrate ways to resolve conflicts by being good citizens and discuss ways for groups to make decisions fairly. 

Week 15: Maps and Globes
Students will understand that maps and globes help locate places and will differentiate between land and water features. 

Week 16: Which Way?
Students will learn about cardinal directions and identify basic bodies of water near the United States and in other places on Earth. 

Week 17: Holidays
Students will learn about some ways people of different cultures and countries celebrate holidays. 

Week 18: Presidents and Patriots
Students will learn about presidents and other patriotic men and women in the U.S. prior to 1880 (e.g., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman). 

Week 19: American Monuments
Students will learn about important buildings, statues, and monuments associated with American history (e.g., the White House, Mount Rushmore). 

Week 20: Celebrate America
Students will learn about the way American symbols, holidays, and patriotic activities reflect the shared values, principles and beliefs of Americans. 

Week 21: Rights and Responsibilities
Students will discuss the individual rights and responsibilities they have as part of their family, school and community. They will demonstrate the characteristics of a good citizen. 

Week 22: Consumers and Producers
Students will understand the difference between consumers and producers and between goods and services. They will discuss needs and wants and the way people get things they need and want. 

Week 23: Jobs People Do
Students will learn about work and discuss the jobs people do in their communities. They will describe tools or equipment needed for some jobs. 

Week 24: Money
Students will understand the basic concepts of spending and saving money. They will recognize that U.S. currency comes in different forms. 

Studies Weekly: Science

Week 1 : Earth-Space Science - Time for Science
This issue introduces students to Science Studies Weekly. Students will learn that everyone can do science and that working with others can be helpful. They will understand that scientists can learn by observing and investigating.

Week 2 : Earth-Space Science - The World of Science
Students will learn about some common science tools. They will also learn that it is important to describe things accurately as they talk to each other about their observations.

Week 3 : Earth-Space Science - Science Safety
Students will learn about the importance of safety in the science lab. They will discuss some safety equipment and learn some basic rules for staying safe when doing investigations and making observations.

Week 4 : Earth-Space Science - Earth
Students will identify rocks, soil and water as the basic materials that make up Earth. Students will learn that rocks and other things on Earth come in many different sizes.

Week 5 : Earth-Space Science - Water
Students will be introduced to Earth’s waterways—oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. They will learn about the importance of water to all life on Earth.

Week 6 : Earth-Space Science - Weather
Students will explore the types of weather that happen on Earth and talk about seasons. They will also learn about safety procedures to follow during severe weather conditions.

Week 7 : Earth-Space Science - Day and Night
Students will learn about day and night and the objects we can see in the sky at different times. They will begin to understand that there is a pattern to the way the moon looks.

 Week 8 : Earth-Space Science - The Sun
Students will learn that the sun provides light and heat for the Earth. They will understand that the sun can only be seen during the day and will discuss sunrise and sunset.

Week 9 : Life Science - Life
Students will distinguish between living and nonliving things. They will understand the basic needs of all living things—food, water, air and space to live in. They will also learn that living things are alike in some ways and different in others. 

Week 10 : Life Science - Plants
Students will understand that many different kinds of plants live in different environments on Earth. They will recognize similarities and differences in plants. 

Week 11 : Life Science - Animals
Students will understand that many different kinds of animals live in different environments on Earth. They will recognize similarities and differences in animals and group animals according to features such as size, color, etc. 

Week 12 : Life Science - People
Students will learn about our five senses. They will recognize basic parts of the body and understand that the parts work together to help us live. They will also learn that people are alike in some ways and different in some ways. 

Week 13 : Life Science - Living Things Grow
Students will learn that living things change as they grow. They will explore the ways different plants and animals grow and will compare the sizes of various living things.

Week 14 : Life Science - Be Healthy
Students will learn that exercise, eating healthy food and having good hygiene is important for all people. They will discuss how people like doctors and nurses help us when we are sick. 

Week 15 : Life Science - Families
Students will learn that children are very similar to their parents but not exactly like them. They will understand that plants and animals depend on each other to survive.

Week 16 : Life Science - Homes
Students will learn that many different kinds of plants and animals live in many different places. They will learn about some of Earth’s habitats and the plants and animals that live there. 

Week 17 : Life Science - Share the Earth
Students will understand that people need to use resources carefully, so that they don’t run out. They will learn that some animals are extinct. They will also learn that some living things are in danger of becoming extinct and need to be protected. 

Week 18 : Life Science - Technology
Students will explore ways that technology can help make people’s lives better. They will learn about tools that help us do work and understand that people cannot always make every tool they think of. 

Week 19 : Physical Science - What Are Things Made Of?
Students will learn that objects can be described according to the materials they are made of and that many things are made of smaller parts. They will learn that materials can exist in different states. 

Week 20 : Physical Science - Things Can Change
Students will learn that people and nature can change some properties of matter by doing something to it e.g., cutting, heating, freezing, etc. They will also learn that different materials respond in different ways when people try to change them. 

Week 21 : Physical Science - Energy
Students will explore how matter and energy interact. They will learn that heat can be produced in different ways and that all living things need energy that comes from food.

Week 22 : Physical Science - Move It
Students will discuss how things move—in a straight line, back and forth, fast, slowly, etc. They will learn that pushing or pulling can change how things are moving. 

Week 23 : Physical Science - Magnets and Gravity
Students will continue to explore the relationship of force and motion. They will learn about natural forces like gravity and magnets. 

Week 24 : Physical Science - Models
Students will learn that a model is like the real thing in some ways and different in others. They will see how models can help us learn. They will understand that we can describe things by telling how it is like something else. 

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