First Grade Georgia Science Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get familiar with Georgia's science standards for first grade with this article. You can discover what students will learn in this grade and explore educational resources that can be used in or outside of the classroom.

Science Standards in Georgia

Georgia uses two co-requisite strands of science standards: characteristics of science and science content. These different aspects of scientific learning are taught and assessed together over the course of the school year, allowing teachers to ensure that students develop a solid understanding of scientific concepts.

Standards for Characteristics of Science in 1st Grade

1st graders in Georgia will focus on questioning their surroundings. They will observe, measure and use reasoning skills to try to answer these questions. They will apply mathematical skills that include:

  • Counting and measuring
  • Identifying and ordering
  • Adding and subtracting single-digit numbers
  • Making estimates and checking their solutions with measurements

Kids will get practice using hand tools and scientific instruments. They will become familiar with the safety procedures associated with scientific endeavors. Models will be used. Students will examine how things change and compare different objects. Throughout the year, kids will work to describe and compare things based on specific characteristics (e.g., color, height, size). They will work on communicating what they're learning, and creating pictures that represent what they're studying.

The importance of making an experiment repeatable will be discussed, as well as the role of data collection and hypothesis testing. Kids will get familiar with scientific terms and the value of teamwork. They will explore why scientific tools are useful. They will also go over the importance of taking care of plants and animals that are being studied.

Resources for Characteristics of Science Standards

To help first graders with the concepts presented in these standards, use these lessons on Science Basics for Elementary School. These lessons cover important topics, such as lab safety, measurements, scientific terms, graphs and deductive reasoning.

Standards for Science Content in 1st Grade

These content standards are further broken down into three main categories:

Earth Science

In this grade, students will study various types of weather. They will learn how to investigate weather and properly correlate data about the weather. Students will discuss the states of water, along with different kinds of precipitation. They will examine the weight of water in various states. First graders will also learn about evaporation.

Resources for Earth Science

These lessons on Weather can be used to create fun, and interesting lessons for first graders or they can be used as supplementary lessons. Topics include evaporation, various types of weather and weather events, such as hail, thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Physical Science

The characteristics of light and sound will be studied by 1st graders. Students will have the chance to develop an understanding of magnets. Time will be spent figuring out what kinds of objects are attracted to, or repelled by, magnets.

Resources for Physical Science

Check out these online lessons on Physics to help first graders review what they're learning in class. Topics include magnetism, magnets and properties of light.

Life Science

Working on life science will allow students to focus on the basic needs of both animals and plants. Kids will learn about the different parts of a plant. They will also work on comparing the characteristics of different animals.

Resources for Life Science

These lessons on Animals and Plants & Fungi can enhance students' understanding of these life forms. The lessons in these resources provide interesting facts about different types of animals and plants, including habitat and characteristics.

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