Grade 1 students’ first unit is titled Organisms. They will build on the foundation of living things by studying simple organisms at a deeper level. This week we talked about what living things need to stay alive and be healthy (food, shelter and water). We also talked about how all plants and animals are alike and different. We have been learning about the engineering process (ask (what is the problem), imagine (what are some solutions), plan (draw a diagram or make a list of materials), create (follow your plan and create something, test it out), improve (what works and how you can make it better) and students built organisms using different materials. Students are observing similarities and differences among goldfish and guppies, land and water snails, and earthworms and red worms.