Grade 1

Welcome to the First Grade!

In Grade 1, our scientists describe patterns of motion between the Sun, Moon, and stars in relation to the Earth. From this understanding they can identify seasonal patterns from sunrise and sunset data that will allow them to predict future patterns. Grade 1 scientists will then investigate sound and light through various materials. They describe patterns in how light passes through and sounds differ from different types of materials and use this to design and build a device to send a signal. Students also compare the ways different animals and plants use their body parts and senses to do the things they need to do to grow and survive, including typical ways parents keep their young safe so they will survive to adulthood. They notice that though there are differences between plants or animals of the same type, the similarities of behavior and appearance are what allow us to identify them as belonging to a group. Our goal is that Grade 1 students begin to understand the power of patterns to predict future events in the natural and designed world. 
    -MA DOE Common Core Frameworks

Grade 1 is starting our year by looking at the sun and the stars. We are asking why the sun seems so big and why it seems to travel across the sky.

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