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Hi mamas,<br>
I am looking for good science and social studies resources for my first grader (this coming autumn). What materials have your families enjoyed? I would be interested in either a science or social studies curriculum (provided it doesn't cost hundreds of dollars), or even just books, activities, and materials that you've found helpful.<br><br>
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Not sure...I'm looking too.<br><br>
My current plan is to plan some fun science experiments, read books on science topics, spend time outside (observe nature) and we'll spend some time studying the human body.<br><br>
For social studies, my current plan is to do some biographies, to learn about presidents and the current election, and geography gets worked in as we read books about different places and find them on the map...for example we're going to the beach in 2 weeks so I borrowed a bunch of books from the library on oceans of the world, ocean life, etc.<br><br>
I know it's not a curriculum but those are my ideas....I am interested in what responses you get.
 

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My son does time4learning. In first grade they did not do social studies at all. There is very little of it in second grade. There is also not much science. Very basic stuff. I would say if you get the books like "From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1" by Deborah Heiligman (Author), Bari Weissman (Illustrator). There are many others in the series "What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)" and "From Tadpole to Frog" or "How a Seed Grows". Many of these books are available used from Amazon for as little as $2.97. Spend lots of time observing nature. Maybe get some tadpoles or butterfly larvae and actually raise them. That should be plenty for first grade science and it's all fun.<br><br>
For social studies, this being an election year should give about all the social studies you need. My son is in a postcard exchange yahoo group.<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/postcardkids/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/postcardkids/</a><br><br>
We put up a big map and every time he gets a post card in the mail, we look for that state or country on the map. He currently has a post card from every state and several countries. It teaches a bit of geography and it doesn't cost a lot. No curriculum needed for either of these activities.<br><br>
Most of all have fun. Science or social studies do not have to be the boring recitation of facts that I remember from school. I've learned so much more from my son than I ever learned in school.<br><br>
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I have several of the DK books from the Unicef series "Children Like Me" (I *think* that is the title!) as well as a few other misc. DK books like a book featuring children of different religions. We would spend about a week (or less) on each child/country. We would color the flag of that country and hang it on the wall, find the country on our world map, cook a food from that country, read about how they dressed, what religions were prominant and other interesting facts. We kind of got lazy about doing this towards the end of the year but still, he now knows how many continents there are and can name them (on a good day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and just has a general idea of the world. It was a good introduction.<br><br>
We also studied pretty indepth about the Revolutionary War and made a book about it. But that is probably pretty advanced for most first graders (my son is ahead in some areas and behind in others, so I'm not bragging! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ).<br><br>
For science we read a lot of the "Magic Schoolbus" books and TIVOed the shows for him to watch. We also kind of took science as it came. He would often ask a question that would lead to an Internet search that would lead to finding a book on the subject, etc. etc.
 

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By social studies, do you mean history and geography?<br><br>
We are going to try Pandia Press' REAL Science: Life with lots of books to supplement (we love Magic School Bus).<br><br>
For history, I'm doing Story of the World Ancients with the activity guide and lots of supplemental reading.
 

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Thanks for all the great ideas, mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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