Science Lesson Plan for 1st Grade

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

As you well know, younger students are eager to explore the world around them, especially through science. This lesson plan on the scientific method is especially targeted at first grade students to help them best understand science and the questions that come along with it.

Lesson Objectives

After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define 'scientist'
  • briefly describe what a scientist does
  • explain the importance of scientists


30-40 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.


Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Key Terms

  • Evidence
  • Scientific method


For this lesson, you'll need:

  • 4-5 pictures of different animals (goldfish, large dog, cat, parrot)
  • Sheets of paper
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils
  • Stopwatches for every two students
  • Paper airplanes

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