Grade 1: Sounds

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The California NGSS Early Implementers Initiative, developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input from the CA State Board of Education and the California Department of Education is a fast-start demonstration program that builds district capacity to fully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a core subject in the elementary grades (K-5) and as the SBE’s preferred integrated model in grades 6-8.

Rating: Example of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved

Science Discipline: Physical Science

Length: Unit

The grade 1 Sounds unit is the first half of a physical science learning sequence on sounds and light. Students make sense of the anchor phenomenon -- the sound made by emergency sirens -- through three-dimensional learning experiences, identifying that sounds cause vibrations, vibrations cause sound, and that sound is used to communicate over distance. Students are able to directly observe sounds they hear around them on the playground, conduct investigations on how sound is made, and explore the cause and effect relationship between sounds and vibrations. The students also design devices that use sound to communicate over a distance.

 

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