1st Grade

Below are the module descriptions for 1st Grade.  We will complete two (TBD) of the following modules this year.


Light and Sound - Students investigate light and sound, including vibration from sound waves and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop understandings of light and sound, they are challenged to design a model to solve a design problem. Students use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a device that uses light or sound to communicate over a distance.


Light: Observing the Sun, Moon, and Stars - After observing the sun, moon, and stars, students identify and describe patterns in their recorded data. Students build upon their knowledge of light to design, build, test, and reflect on a device designed to solve a problem related to the patterns of the sun. After evaluating their design, students share their findings and ideas for ways to improve the device based on the testing data.


Animal Adaptations - In this exploration of animal adaptations, students are presented with the problem of preparing an ideal traveler for a visit to an extreme environment and designing the ideal shoe for this traveler to wear in this environment. Students learn what it means for an organism to be adapted to its environment and how different adaptations can be categorized. Through various investigations, students explore adaptations for protection, camouflage, food obtainment, and locomotion. Students combine all of their knowledge of plant and animal adaptations with their understanding of the extreme environment to prepare their travelers and design their shoes. 


Animated Storytelling - Through this exploration of both storytelling and animation, students are presented with the problem of arranging moving images and sounds to depict a story. Students learn that computers need specific instructions written in a language that the computer can understand. Students develop an understanding of events as triggers that make computer programs carry out instructions. Combining fundamental ideas in computer science with story-building skills from language arts, students create animations that show characters, settings, actions, and events in a short story of their own creation. The programming environment in which students create these stories is appropriate for emerging readers and offers an appropriately scaffolded environment for piecing together logical steps to produce an animation.