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1st Grade

Structure, Function, and Information Processing



Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Energy Skate Park

Aardvark Town

Use your mapping skills to find just the right habitat for different animals in the African savannah. Then use your Aardvark digging power to help the Kratt brothers dig underground homes for the animals.

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Growing Plants

Students bring a plant to life as they learn the importance of water and light for plant growth. Not only will they learn the parts of a plant, but students will see them in action!


Virtual Lab

In this virtual lab, students will predict, observe, and describe the responses of mealworms to various stimuli. Students can also expand their knowledge by classifying reflexes or instinctive behaviors!

Nash's Adventures

Digger and the gang sail across a lake to visit an animal park! Students help them get there and then learn how young animals are very much, but not exactly like their parents.

What Plants Need

In this free online science interactive, students learn that plants do respond to some external stimuli as they explore how a plant’s environmental conditions affect its growth!

Can You Dig It?

In this guided reading activity, students follow along with Martha Speaks and learn about burrowing animals. At the end, students will take a quiz on the material they learned. This module requires headphones and Flash.
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  •  Young animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents. Plants also are very much, but not exactly, like their parents. (1-LS3-1)
  •  Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs. (1-LS1-1)
  •  Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. (1-LS1-2)
  • All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow. (1-LS1-1) 
  • Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways. (1-LS3-1)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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