Posted: Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:02am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:05am

This resource for teachers has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for First Grade. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources are optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

This resource document is a living document and will be frequently updated.

Please send any suggested links and report broken links to:
Nick Flowers
Elementary Math and Science Specialist

The resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary in this document are for illustrative purposes only, to promote a base of clarity and common understanding. Each item illustrates a standard but please note that the resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary are not intended to limit interpretation or classroom applications of the standards.

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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
1.PS.1 Characterize materials as solid, liquid, or gas and investigate their properties, record observations and explain the choices to others based on evidence (i.e., physical properties). Observing Solids, Liquids, and Gas
1.PS.2 Predict and experiment with methods (sieving, evaporation) to separate solids and liquids based on their physical properties.  
1.PS.3 Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.  
1.PS.4 Make observations to collect evidence and explain that objects can be seen only when illuminated.  
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
1.ESS.1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. Visit or interact with a Planetarium
1.ESS.2 Observe and compare properties of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter. Look for evidence of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter as components of soil samples. Garden Lessons: Soil Exploration
1.ESS.3 Observe a variety of soil samples and describe in words and pictures the soil properties in terms of color, particle size and shape, texture, and recognizable living and nonliving items.  
Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
1.LS.1 Develop representations to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.  
1.LS.2 Develop a model mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.  Explore how those external parts could solve a human problem.  
1.LS.3 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Habitats of the World
1.LS.4 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.  
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
K-2.E.1 Pose questions, make observations, and obtain information about a situation people want to change. Use this data to define a simple problem that can be solved through the construction of a new or improved object or tool.  
K-2.E.2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate and investigate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve an identified problem.  
K-2.E.3 Analyze data from the investigation of two objects constructed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.