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1st Grade Science Lesson Plans–2010 Science Core

The 1st grade science core was published in 2010. The lesson plans for 1st grade consist of all the lesson plans that were written for the 1st grade science core taken from the 2003 1st Grade Utah State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the 1st Grade Elementary CORE Academies taught from 2002 through 2010. They have all been written by teachers of Utah. 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 and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.

The 1st Grade State Science Core is made up of four standards and seven teaching objectives. Standard 1 is not a standard that is taught by itself and therefore has no teaching objectives* (see below).  Standard 2 has three teaching objectives. Standard 3 has two teaching objectives. Standard 4 has two teaching objectives.  The lessons are under their respective teaching objectives they were written for. Some of the teaching objectives don't have lesson plans. Lesson plans will be written for these objectives 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. 

Each teaching objective has an "Objective Strategy Page".  The "Objective Strategy Page" has many ideas of how to teach that objective along with vocabulary words and the way students learn those ideas. The "Objective Strategy Page" is found at the end of standard in the resources. I am also going to try develop more lesson plans from those ideas and place them below their respective objectives.

Below is the 1st Grade State Science Core.  However, it is mixed in with the Kindergarten and 2nd Grade State Science Cores so you can see what the other two grades are teaching and how the content strands dovetail in from one grade to the next. Also, below are the big learning ideas for the 1st grade and what 1st grade students should know by the end of the year.

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

1st Grade Standards and Objectives with Descriptions of Their Learning Processes

  1. 1st Grade--Standards and Objectives
  2. 1st Grade--Big Learning Ideas
  3. 1st Grade--What 1st Grade Students Should Know

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 (process skills) 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

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

  1. Out of This World

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Compare and contrast seasonal weather changes

  1. A Look at the Seasons

Resources for Standard 2

  1. Standard 2, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.
  2. Standard 2, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.
  3. Standard 2, Objective 3 Strategy Page for more ideas.

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!

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

Resources for Standard 3

  1. Standard 3, Object 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.
  2. Standard 3 Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.

Standard 4: Life Science

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

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

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?

Resources for Standard 4

  1. Standard 4, Objective 1 Strategy Page for more ideas.
  2. Standard 4, Objective 2 Strategy Page for more ideas.