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First Grade

Covering the beginning concepts of life science, physics, and meteorology, these kits will engage first grade students in many exciting hands-on activities and help prepare them for standards-based tests later on.

Animals and Plants

This kit is an introduction to the world of living things. After exploring what grows and what doesn't using "Will it Grow?" mats and cotton ball nests, children design simple experiments to find out what plants need to be able to continue to grow. Next, they study pets to learn what animals need to stay alive. They also study body parts (with some silly twists) followed by learning about baby animals and where wild animals live.

This kit includes a stand magnifier, fur and feather samples, posters, and a 3-D puzzle to get your classroom "Science Corner" up and running. Students write and illustrate two books to take home in addition to a student booklet where they have recorded all their experimental results. All the plants in the unit grow in "peat pots" which means that there's no soil to spill. The self-contained soil actually stays self-contained! See what’s inside the Animals and Plants kit.

Healthy Science 1

Students learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle including exercise, good food, safety, and staying well. During each lesson, students record what they've learned and information about their lives and likes in mini-books. At the end of the unit, students put all the books inside a "Healthy Me" box—a keepsake that families can treasure for years. This unit provides a great way to emphasize the importance of healthy living. There’s plenty of support in the teacher’s guide, but when possible, you can invite your school nurse, P.E. teacher, and cafeteria staff to get involved! See what’s inside the Healthy Science 1 kit.

Physics of Movement

Students start studying movement by moving themselves and then find out what it takes to start moving, stop moving, and change direction. Next, students are challenged to design and build a toy vehicle that can roll down a ramp. Finally, they explore gravity and design a toy that keeps gravity from winning—for a while.

There are several options for assessing your students’ understanding of each lesson. Each lesson ends with a rubric that you can use to assess your students’ work during class and what they record in their student booklet.

There are also two versions of formal written assessments included for use as pre/post-tests, practice tests, or for review. These assessments test your students on the standards covered, not necessarily what they did during the lesson, to help students connect what they’ve done with questions that might appear on a standards-based test. See what’s inside the Physics of Movement kit.


Students make and use several weather-watching tools and learn to use thermometers as they start to keep track of what's happening outside. Children explore the night sky and learn that the sun isn't the only thing that appears to move across the sky.

We want you to feel confident teaching all the material, so we included interesting background information in the teacher's guide that enhances understanding of the subject. We also suggest "teacher talk." This step-by-step, here's-what-you-say can be helpful if you are unfamiliar with a subject area or if a substitute teacher is teaching the lesson. See what’s inside the Sky kit.

States of Matter

Students explore the properties of solids, liquids, and gasses as they develop an understanding of the properties of three states of matter. This kit includes three take-home mini-books to provide additional reinforcement. See what's inside the States of Matter kit.