Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr1-2


Learn Bright learning roadmaps provide an excellent schedule to follow for teaching our lesson plans. Whether you are a teacher in a classroom or a homeschooler, these outlines will help you keep track of the subjects you need to teach your students. This roadmap explores earth and space topics within the science subject category for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.

Using the roadmap for each subject, you can figure out which lessons to teach and when. Some roadmaps provide a few additional lesson plans that you can use if you find that your students need extra practice, or if you have more time to fill. The roadmaps are a guide and are not meant to hold you to a rigid agenda. You can adjust as you wish to meet your specific needs and objectives.

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What our lesson guides include

Overview: The Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr1-2 lesson guide introduces students to concepts and material that explore the planet and the universe around it. Students will study a number of varying subjects that align with NGSS standards. In total, the Earth and Space guide for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade includes 12 lessons.

Learn Bright learning roadmaps are useful tools for organizing your teaching agenda, whether in the classroom or at home. The science roadmaps are divided into general subject areas: earth and space, engineering and technology, life sciences, and physical science. This roadmap includes the lessons for the 1-2 grade band in earth science. It lists the lessons in alphabetical order, and you will find the grade band associated with the lesson below the lesson title. Note that some lessons fall into more than one subject area or grade band.

Teaching Schedule

Because there is no national standard for teaching science-related topics, you can choose any number of these lessons to teach your students throughout the years. Many lessons relate well to each other, and you may benefit from teaching multiple lessons at the same time. For instance, this Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr1-2 lesson guide includes separate lessons for sunlight and earth, and sunrise and sunset. You could teach both in conjunction with each other to help reinforce certain concepts. Feel free to be flexible and adjust when necessary to fit your unique needs!

Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr1-2 lesson guide

The learning roadmap for the earth and space subjects includes 12 lesson plans for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade. The topics vary widely, from seasons to landforms to time zones. The state educational standards for every lesson, which align with NGSS standards, are on the individual lesson product pages. Below is a short list of lessons related to earth and then a list related to space. Each lesson contains a brief description that explains what students will learn.

Earth Lessons

  • Four Seasons—Students will learn about the different traits that define each of the four seasonal periods of the earth. They will discover that some places do not experience all four seasons because of the distance of those places from the sun. They will also learn about activities that people enjoy during each season. This lesson is for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.
  • Water, Water Everywhere—One of several lessons related to water, this lesson teaches students about several uses of water as well as its importance. Students will discover what it is at a basic molecular level and how and why it keeps all living things alive. They will also learn where water comes from or where people can go to get fresh, drinkable water. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Space Lessons

  • Moon—The Moon lesson plan explores the differences between a planet and a moon. Students will discover that moons are called satellites because they orbit other planets in space. They will also learn about the different phases and what it means for the moon to wax or wane. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

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1st Grade, 2nd Grade


Roadmap, Science

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Just what I needed

Between this and my "What your (grade level) Should Know" I have a solid way forward for homeschooling my kids.

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Many great lesson plans to keep your students engaged