First Grade topics typically include
Introductory experiments, "magic tricks," and discrepant events—
these familiarize children with the lab and basic scientific processes and behaviors; focus on explaining and understanding what is actually happening.
investigating basic arthropod (insect, arachnid, crustacean) anatomy and physiology; how insects, spiders, crabs, and other creepy, crawly critters work. We explore and answer, "What is a bug?"
Campus explorations, habitats, and biomes—
investigating and familiarizing children with our campus environment, habitats and biomes.
Geology, rocks, and change—
sorting and classification; similarities, differences, and changes in rocks; rock types and formations; fossils and dinosaurs; use of rock polishing equipment to better "see" rocks.
what magnets are; what they can and cannot do; how magnets work; exploring with magnetic toys.
causes and production of sound; sound qualities; making and changing sounds; vibrations and musical instruments.