Simple Science Time Savers

If you are anything like me, science is usually the first thing to go if you are in a time crunch. In fact, for that very reason I have science and social studies scheduled at the very end of the day because, if we are being completely honest, everything about teaching first grade is geared toward teaching reading. Trust me, I wish I was a super teacher that could fit in thirty solid minutes of science everyday, but I'm not, so here's how I compensate.

Vocabulary and Schema

On Monday, I introduce the vocabulary for the unit with these SUPER SIMPLE VOCAB CARDS.

Then, we start adding to our INTERACTIVE ANCHOR CHART about what we already know about the subject. We continue to add to it throughout the week. Pre-writing sentence stems is a HUGE time saver!! Btw, check out that "boo-boo" tape! Extra labels to the rescue!

Click and Print Resources

The rest of the week's lessons are filled with these super simple, yet very purposeful CLICK AND PRINT RESOURCES that I designed to match the 1st grade standards (TEKS in Texas). Activities range from fact recording, writing, labeling, interactive journals and creative writing, as shown below.

Science Journal

Finally, in an effort to keep science going, even when we are short on time, I added a SCIENCE INTEREST JOURNAL to our writing center during guided reading stations. Students can write about anything and everything science related. It is really amazing some of the things that they have come up with! 

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

All of these products have been aligned with the 1st Grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which are the standards we teach in Texas. 

Check out the alignment here: 

$3.... A Steal!

So I've gathered all of my resources together and the best part... they are only $3 a piece! I just a did a huge expansion of my social studies products, so now I'm turning my focus over to science!

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