1st Grade Science Lesson Plans

These 1st grade science lesson plans consists of all the lesson plans that were written for the 1st grade science core taken from the 2003 Utah State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Elementary CORE Academies from 2002 through 2010. Some of them are ones that I have written to fill in some gaps. Others lessons and resources will be added as time goes on. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me.

These lesson plans are here to help you teach science where you won’t need to search. If you use them and you see mistakes in the writing, content, or something is not coming through, please contact me at paul.nance@jordandistrict.org and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.

Click on the link below to view and download your 1st Grade Utah State Science Core.

1st Grade Standards and Objectives with Descriptions

The 1st Grade State Science Core  is mixed in with the Kindergarten and 2nd Grade State Science Cores just so you can see what the other two grades are teaching and how the content strands develop and dovetail in from one grade to the next.

Each objective has an “Objective Strategy Page”.  The “Objective Strategy Page” is found at the end of each “Objective Lesson Plan List”.  This page gives you other ideas of how to teach the objective effectively. I am also going to try develop more lesson plans from those ideas to put on this page.


Standard 1: Intended Learning Outcomes

The Process of Science, Communication of Science, and the Nature of Science

Standard I is not a standard that is to be taught by itself.  It is not be taught as a stand-alone content. Standard I are the Intended Learning Outcomes that are to be woven into your teaching of Standards 2, 3, and 4.  Standard I are the prescribed skills needed to do the activities in Standards 2, 3, and 4 for students to know the processes of science, communication of science, and the nature of science. Standard I is at the first to remind teachers that as they teach Standards 2, 3, and 4, that these skills are to be used in teaching the science content. Therefore, there are no activities listed here.


Standard 2: Earth and Space Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Investigate the natural world including rock, soil, and water

  1. Just Look All Around You
  2. Standard 2, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Observe and describe the changes and appearance of the sun and moon during daylight.

  1. Out of This World
  2. Standard 2, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 3 Lesson Plans–Compare and contrast seasonal weather changes

  1. A Look at the Seasons
  2. Standard 2, Objective 3 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 2

None at this time.


Standard 3: Physical Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Analyze changes in the movement of non-living things.

  1. Let’s Use Force
  2. Matter, It Does!
  3. Standard 3, Object 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Analyze objects and record their properties.

  1. Water is Special
  2. I am A Scientist
  3. The Wonderful World of Water
  4. Will It Float?
  5. Changing Matter
  6. Interactive Writing to Make a T-Chart
  7. Standard 3 Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 3

None at this time.


Standard 4: Life Science

Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Communicate observations about the similarities and differences betweeen offspring and between population.

There are no lesson plans for Standard 4, Objective 1 at this time.

  1. Standard 4, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Living things change and depend upon their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

  1. Home Sweet Home
  2. All Sorts of Seed Travel
  3. Sprouting Scientists (1)
  4. All Sorts of Seeds
  5. Sprouting Scientists (2)
  6. Little Lima’s Likely Story
  7. Seed House
  8. Observing Plants Through a Discovery Journal
  9. Retelling and Sequencing the Tiny Seeds
  10. How Tall Are Plants?
  11. Standard 4, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Resources for Standard 4

None at this time.


Resources for 1st Grade Science

  1. 1st Grade Standards and Objectives with Descriptions
  2. Big Ideas For 1st Grade Students to Learn
  3. What 1st Grade Students Should Understand, Do, and Know