Wisconsin Science Standards for First Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about the 1st grade science standards used in Wisconsin school districts with this article. Find out what kids in this grade might study and get information about available study resources for elementary school science.

Wisconsin 1st Grade Science Standards

Wisconsin uses the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS) for science at the state level. These standards go into detail regarding what students should know in grades 4, 8 and 12, but do not provide explicit standards for the other grades. Individual school districts can adapt the standards they use for 1st grade from the WMAS as well as other sources, such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Generally, you can find the standards used by a particular school district on its website.

All of these standards are designed to ensure students focus on a wide range of scientific topics throughout the school year. Standards are typically divided into different content areas that allow students to increase their scientific knowledge and improve scientific skills. Be aware that school districts that use the NGSS will include a study of engineering topics.

School District 1st Grade Science Standards

1st graders in Wisconsin may focus on these scientific areas:

Life Science

Studying life science could allow students to learn about the differences between living and non-living things as well as ways that humans are similar to other living organisms. They might also have the chance to learn how zookeepers take care of animals. The structures, needs and life cycles of plants could be discussed in this grade as well.

Kids can get more information about plants with these short, fun lessons. They can also learn about the needs of different animals.

Earth Science

Students might learn about the effects of weather and Earth's seasons. The movement and importance of the sun could also be covered. Kids could get the chance to study the properties of earth materials, like soil and rocks.

Students who are ready to get some extra study time can check out these lessons on weather, astronomy and geology. The interactive quizzes that accompany these lessons make it easy for students to quickly check their understanding of these subjects.

Physical Science

In this grade, students could get the chance to explore sources of heat and light and observe how sounds are made. They might consider both fast and slow movements in addition to the effect of gravy on movement. Furthermore, students might learn about balance, rotational motion and different systems of movement.

These physics lessons can help students review what they're learning about forces, motion and different kinds of energy. Students can work at their own pace and even contact physics experts if they get stuck while studying a certain topic.

Science Skills

Depending on the school district, students may work on developing slightly different scientific skills. Generally, they can expect to learn how to make use of data and properly record their observations. Students might also study patterns, work to answer questions and learn to communicate their findings.

Working on these science basics lessons allows students to improve their skills quickly and easily. They'll be able to go over the scientific method, strategies for reasoning and important terms they need to learn.

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