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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


Science Grade One is a foundational course with concepts across many types of sciences including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Through exploring, making and comparing observations, describing, modeling, and demonstrating, students will learn about force and motion, space, Earth, changes to Earth’s surface, gravity, basic needs of living things, plants, water, parents and offspring, and living and nonliving things.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.


Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Different ways objects move
  • Pushes and pulls change the position of objects
  • Force is needed to move objects in different ways
  • Changing the motion of objects
  • Objects in the day sky and night sky
  • Size of an object seems to change based on how far or close it is
  • Comparing size of stars to the sun
  • Amount and size of stars
  • Magnifiers as tools
  • Comparing the beneficial and harmful properties of the sun
  • Light can be used to communicate over a distance
  • Ways the Earth’s surface can change
  • Weather conditions
  • Gravity acts on all objects on Earth
  • Earth’s surface consists of water, rocks, soil, and living organisms
  • Making predictions
  • Asking questions
  • Making observations
  • Recording observations
  • Comparing observations
  • Sharing observations
  • Making models
  • Conducting demonstrations

Segment Two

  • Parts of a plant
  • All living things need air, water, food, and space
  • Ways people use water
  • Water safety
  • Plants and animals have offspring
  • Sorting objects by color, shape, texture, size, weight, temperature
  • Objects sink or float
  • Characteristics of living, nonliving, and once-living things
  • Asking questions
  • Investigating questions
  • Solving problems
  • Making observations
  • Recording observations
  • Using a hand lens
  • Measuring objects using a ruler, pan balance, and/or thermometer
  • Making models

Credits 1


  • Forces and Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of forces and motion by observing and showing the push and pull of objects, describing how to change the motion of an object, and identifying the force needed to move objects.
  • Space
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of space by comparing the day sky and the night sky, observing and identifying objects of different distances and sizes in space, and matching magnification tools with objects.
  • Earth
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Earth by identifying and observing natural processes that change Earth’s surface, making a model of slow and fast changes, and describing changes that may occur after different weather conditions.
  • Gravity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of gravity by describing how gravity acts on objects on Earth, recording observations of objects pulled by gravity, and explaining how objects move when there is no gravity.
  • Earth’s Surface
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Earth’s surface by identifying and observing non-living objects and living organisms that are found on Earth’s surface
  • Plants
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of plants by observing and comparing different plants, identifying similar parts of the same types of plants, making and describing a model of a plant part.
  • Basic Needs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic needs by learning that all living things have basic needs; identifying what happens when one basic need is missing; observing how plants and animals use parts to meet basic needs.
  • Water
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of water by identifying and describing reasons that people need water, ways people use water, and ways to be safe around water.
  • Parents and Offspring
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of parents and offspring by matching offspring of animals and plants to parents, observing and identifying similarities and differences between parents and their offspring, and describing how parents help their offspring survive.
  • Living And Nonliving Things
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the living and nonliving by recording observations about things outside; using observations to decide if something is living, or nonliving; sorting things by color, shape, texture, size, weight, temperature, ability to float, living, or nonliving.



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