Grade 1 Science Unit 1

Space Systems: Patterns & Cycles

Students explore patterns and cycles seen in the day and night sky in relationship to the changing seasons.

Note: Lessons will vary in length, depending on the amount of time you have with students, the resources that you choose to accompany the unit, the level of rigor within each learning target, and any other factors that may contribute to the pacing of your learning progressions. It is recommended that you adjust the pace and length of each learning progression(s) accordingly in response to these factors.

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Standards

  • 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the Sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
  • 1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.

Essential Questions and Big Ideas of the Unit

  • What is Earth’s place in the universe?
  • How is time (day, month, season) related to the sun, Earth, stars and moon?
    • Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-1)
    • Seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-2)

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