Science - 1st Grade

Science - 1st Grade

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Item #: 038307
ISBN: 9781592690930
Grades: 1

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.


Category Description for McRuffy Science:

Much like their math program, McRuffy Science is gentle, hands-on, and uses manipulatives and games to explore and reinforce science topics and ideas. Unlike other curriculums at this level, which are more self-directed with brightly-colored textbooks and basic workbook questions, this program is more teacher-directed and manipulative-based, with little "busy work." McRuffy Science incorporates state and national curriculum standards, while developing scientific knowledge and thinking in an active way. Each kit contains a teacher binder, a student workbook and a resource packet. There are 33 weeks worth of lessons, with science taught two days a week. The authors have allowed that "extra" three weeks for various field trips, review, and "extras" that are sometimes hard to sneak in with a full-to-the-brim schedule. Life science, earth and space science, and physical science are all represented here. Each grade level contains 22 multi-lesson units, and cover topics like weather, the five senses, length, volume, life cycles, and pushing/pulling in Kindergarten; to comparing area, movement, magnets, states of matter, mixtures and electricity in First Grade. There is some topical overlap between K and 1, but the lessons contain different content. At the end of the last lesson in the unit, a short unit evaluation is included for review.

The teacher's manual is the "heart" of the program, and lays out each lesson clearly for you. Each lesson in the teacher's manual contains an objective, a list of materials needed, any preparation that will need done beforehand, a teaching portion, and a conclusion. Lesson content is scripted for the teacher's convenience, with questions and discussion portions in bold (answers are given for some questions). The materials needed are fairly common household, craft, science or math manipulative items including pattern blocks, paper clips, iron filings, a magnifier, wire, a bell, food coloring, a calculator, balloons, seeds, a ping pong ball, marbles, mirrors, and other objects. McRuffy also sells pre-made kits with many of the items included if you want to go that route. The full-color workbooks are spiral-bound and contain student pages that are used with some of the lessons. Again, the activities included in them are not so much "seat work" as they are simple, non-exhaustive activities to be done together. The resource packets contain posters, game boards, charts, and cards for the games. These are full-color and contain illustrations, photos, and charts. The game boards and some of the charts are laminated for reuse. The cards to the games will need to be cut apart before play. Compared to other curriculums I have seen at this level, I like that this one emphasizes necessary concepts like measurement, size, and graphing right along with more "fun" topics like the five senses, weather, and animals. The use of manipulatives, simple activities and games makes the program fun and keeps things varied and exciting. While there is not much reading required for the student, or a text to read from, the topics of each unit are clearly listed in the Scope and Sequence in the teacher's manual, so it would be pretty easy to locate library books and books you may already have on the shelf to complement each topic. Also, because the program doesn't depend on the child for a lot of independent work, you and your child will be exploring science together, which I think will be a very enjoyable experience. - Jess




Primary Subject
Science
Grade
1
ISBN
9781592690930
Format
Other
Brand Name
McRuffy Press
Weight
3.1 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 12.5" x 2.5"
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Do you have the Lab Kit for this item?
A shopper on Nov 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, I'm sorry but we don't carry the lab kits for the McRuffy Science.
Does this have Religious content?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This curriculum does not include specific Christian content.
Can I get additional workbooks for this?
A shopper on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We don't sell addiitonal workbooks for the science courses. However, you might be able to get one from the publisher.
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We love this program! Brian Davis has a gift for writing excellent quality programs that grab the child's interests This program is very affordable and well worth every pennyIt is perfect for anyone who wants to add in hands on fun to their routine The lessons and experiments are short and sweet They are not over done to the point you lose the child's attention or interest The Teacher's manual is laid out perfectly Everything is listed for what you will need for each lesson all the way down to crayons The instructions to the experiments and lessons are clear and easy to follow They even state what "should" happen so you know what to expect I highly recommend getting the science kits that go with each level they are very useful My child asks to do his work now He wants to do Science daily instead of the 2 days a week the program is designed for We have learned so much from this program and recommend it to everyone!
April 14, 2010

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