Here you will find all of the work we have done on our unit covering Daily and Seasonal Changes.  I will try to include a brief explanation of the lesson, as well as any worksheets we have used.

Remember that the lesson plans are found on the grade 1 page.


Lesson 1





We started today by discussing the weather outside.  We then talked a little about what the weather will be like in one month (on a certain special day).  That was followed with discussing the weather on the last day of school.  The questions was then asked, "Why is it different?"  After discussing the differences through seasons, we then repeated a similar activity to talk about the differences between night and day.  Following this we made a list of words that help us in discussing the seasons and times of day.  To finish class we made a title page for our new unit.


Lesson 2

Sequences and Cycles




At the start of class we were given a picture of a baby, a boy, a teenager, a man and an old man, then we were asked to put them in order.  We discussed that this is a sequence - a list of things in the order they happen.  We then looked at an egg, a chick and a chicken and put them in order.  What we found out is that these three could be in multiple orders because they are a cycle - a sequence that repeats itself.  We were given a short note to help us remember these two words, and we practiced by cutting out pictures to put together two sequences.

Practice Pictures               Note and Worksheet               Cut-Outs               Answers


Lesson 3

Our Day



Today we discussed the things we do before school, at school and after school.  We wrote these things out on chart paper as a class.  As we made these lists we found that there is a lot more to our day than we first thought.  Just listing all of the things we do took almost our whole science period.  After these lists were done we talked about our task for next class.


Lesson 4

Our Daily Cycle






When we arrived in class today we reviewed one of the lists we made last class.  As we read it we discovered that it was just a list, it was not a sequence.  Luckily for us, Mr Collinson had taken the lists from all the grade 1 classes and made them into one big long sequence.  On the paper that listed these events in sequence, each of our names had been written beside one event (chosen alphabetically).  We were each told what event we were going to be responsible for, and our task was explained to us.  It turned out that there was one event for each grade 1 in the school.  Each of us took a blank piece of paper and drew a picture to represent the task to which we were assigned.  We then wrote a sentence at the bottom of our picture to explain what event we were representing  After we are all done, the pictures will be put into a booklet titled "Our Daily Cycle."


Lesson 5

Day vs Night





For today's class we started with our worksheet.  The concepts for this lesson are ones with which we are already somewhat familiar.  The worksheet has us sort some words into those that are associated with "day" and others with "night".  We then used these same words to complete some sentences about day and night.  The last part of the worksheet today had us take two of the same picture and add drawings and colour to make one of them a daytime picture and one of them a night time picture.  At the end of class we discussed the answers to this worksheet, and focused on the daytime being warmer than night time because our side of the earth is not facing the sun.

Worksheet               Answers


Lesson 6

Day vs Night Activities




We sat in a circle on the carpet today.  A picture was placed in the middle of the circle and we answered a few questions:  What is the picture?  When do we do this activity (day or night)?  Why do we do this activity then?  We repeated this process for a whole group of activities, sorting them into day and night activities.  As we progressed we discussed the fact that day activities rely on light or heat and night activities are due to lack of light and heat.



Lesson 7

Light and Heat





We reviewed some of the activities we talked about last class.  In doing so we reinforced the concept that the daytime is lighter and (normally) warmer than the night time.  Our next task was to learn how to interpret a thermometer.  We discussed that the height of the "red" line indicates the temperature, the higher the line, the hotter it is.  We talked about representing the heat from the sun with a thermometer and the light from the sun with a light bulb.  We used this analogy to complete a worksheet to show the light and heat through the day.  We read through the worksheet and sat down with our scissors.

Worksheet               Cut-Outs               Answers


Lesson 8

Day/Night Cycle Craft



For today's lesson we made a craft.  The purpose of the craft was to show the rotation of the sun and moon.  The basic idea was to use half a paper plate as a scene with a second, full, paper plate in the background that could rotate around showing day and night above that scene.  Full instructions are below.



Lesson 9

Sun and Stars Video


Today we watched a video about the sun and stars.  This video gave us some information about stars and told us all about how our star, the sun, gives us heat and light. It was also very helpful to show us that the amount of light and heat changes throughout the day because the Earth spins, and we are not always facing the sun.


Lesson 10

My Favourite Season


We started today' lesson with a review of sequences, cycles and the cycle of day and night, including the changes in heat and light.  Following that we talked about other examples of cycles, eventually leading us to talking about the four seasons.  We each had the opportunity to discuss our favourite season in front of the class.


Lesson 11





Today's lesson was backwards (we didn't follow the normal sequence).  At the start of class we were handed a worksheet and asked to complete it.  The worksheet allowed us to show some differences amongst the four seasons.  We then discussed the answers as a class.  When we were done with our worksheet we then gathered to discuss the seasons.  As a class, we made lists of words that are associated with each season.

Worksheet               Answers


Lesson 12

Seasonal Activities







We sat in a circle on the carpet again today.  As in lesson 6, a picture was placed in the middle of the circle and we answered a few questions:  What is the picture?  When do we do this activity (season)?  Why do we do this activity then?  We repeated this process for a whole group of activities, sorting them into the four seasons.  As we progressed we discussed the fact that heat is the main contributor to the activities that can be done in certain seasons.


Quiz - We will be having a quiz at the start of lesson 15.  Today a note went home with all of the quiz questions.  Make sure you study.



Lesson 13

 Days and Months








To start today's lesson we sat together to review the four seasons, and the cycle that they make.  We then talked about the length of time taken for the cycle (one year).  This led us into a discussion of other cycles, specifically the months, which also for a one year cycle, and the days of the week.  To help us both remember the order and the spelling of the months and days we played a matching game.  We also have a worksheet that we did not get to today, it is included below, we will get to it next class.


  1. Place cards upside down randomly on the desk.
  2. One player turns two over.
  3. If those two are in sequence the player keeps the cards, if not the cards are turned back over.
  4. Continue until all possible cards are paired.

Game Cards               Worksheet               Answers


Lesson 14

 Seasonal Picture




For today's activity we were to draw a picture of something during a specific season.  We were then to write words associated with our picture, that indicate the season.  The last step was to write a sentence about our picture.  When we were done our picture, we took some time to complete any unfinished work and then played the game from last class.



Lesson 15



It was quiz day today.  Each question of our quiz was read out loud and we indicated our answers.  When we were done our quiz we again played our matching game.

Note to parents:  This quiz was not a difficult quiz.  A perfect score on this will help the term two grade, but it is by no means the only assessment considered.


Lesson 16

 Seasons Video




Today, to take a break after our quiz, we watched a video: Bill Nye the Science Guy - Earth's Seasons.  In watching the video, we were to master one concept - The Earth is tilted.  This helps explain all of our learning about the seasons.  I managed to find part of the video on youtube.

Video (not all of it)


Lesson 17

 Amount of Daylight





Now that we know the Earth is tilted, it was time to look at another strange thing that happens through the seasons.  We started by talking about the "strange" thing the sun has been doing lately - it is setting really early.  We then talked about the fact that the sun was up pretty late during our summer vacation.  We related this to the Earth's tilt and learned that there is much less daylight during winter than there is in summer.  We looked at a graph showing the number of daylight hours per month, and in doing so we learned a little about how to read graphs.  We discussed the details, and the fact that June 21st is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, and December 21st is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year.

Daylight Hours Graph


Lesson 18

 Changes in Animals











We started today's lesson by reading a section of a book called "Do Not Disturb," which was all about animal hibernation.  We learned that there are many different ways that animals hibernate.  After discussing the reading we talked about other things animals do when the seasons change (migration, shedding, etc.)  We listed a few of these things on our worksheet.

Worksheet               Answers

Homework:  Today one class was given a homework assignment.  The other classes will get the same assignment in the coming weeks.  Only one class can do the assignment at a time because it involves bringing home a thermometer from the school, and we only have one class set.

The assignment is to track the temperature at home over the course of a week.  Each student was given a tracking sheet and a thermometer (the thermometers are brand new so please be careful).  The students were instructed to check the temperature at home in the morning, the afternoon, the evening and at night.  They were to record this data on their tracking sheet, and when done they were to work with an adult to answer some questions about their data.  Please return the thermometers back to school when your data is complete.



Lesson 19

 Changes in Plants






We reviewed the concept that animals change their behaviour when the seasons change, and then discussed that animals are not the only living thing to change when the weather changes.  We talked about some of the changes we had already mentioned (flowers blooming, leaves changing), and then we talked about food.  We thought about when we eat certain things, and realized that some of our fruits and vegetables are only around during certain season.  This led us to our task today, we were given a sheet with 9 different fruits and vegetables and we were to cut them out and paste them in groups by season.  We took up the answers and discussed the fact that the answers would be different if we lived in another place in the world (and in fact maybe even the data where the answers were taken from could be from a different part of the world.)

Worksheet               Cut-Outs               Answers


Lesson 20

 Human Inventions to Help with Seasonal Activities







Today's activity involved looking at five pictures and a video, one at a time, in six groups.  Each of the pictures showed an activity that could not be done at all times of the year without human inventions.  The video was a short clip about "Ski Dubai," and indoor ski park in the desert town of Dubai India.  As we looked at each we were to discuss four questions with our group:
  1. What is happening in the picture?
  2. What season do we normally do this activity?
  3. What have we done to let us do this activity in another season?
  4. How could we make it easier to do this activity all year?

At the end of the lesson we got together to discuss our findings, and also to discuss other things we could do to allow more year round activities.

Pictures               Video (no longer online)


Lesson 21

 Seasonal Energy Use







We started today's class by looking at some pictures.  In doing so we discussed when the objects in the pictures would be used, why we would need them, and how they helped us.  One of these pictures was of a furnace, and this led us into today's discussion of energy use.  We were divided into small groups, and each group was given a copy of a gas bill.  We looked it over and found that there was information on there that pertained to the seasons.  We discussed the fact that humans use more gas in the winter because it is cold and the furnace uses gas to keep us warm.  We then talked about the air conditioner being similar in terms of electricity in the summer.

Pictures               Gas Bill Graph

During today's class we were told that we will be writing a test next week.  We were given a review sheet with all of the things that we have learned about daily and seasonal changes.


Lesson 22

 Temperature Homework Discussion



This lesson will be done out of order, as only one class will be doing this activity at a time.

It has been a week since we sent home our thermometers.  Today's lesson was a discussion about our results from our experiment at home.  We talked about the temperature throughout the week and the day.  We also talked about the accuracy of the equipment we used.  This helped us to understand experimental error, which occurs in all experiments.


Lesson 23

 Finish-Up / Take-Up


The first thing we did today was to organize all of the papers in our science folder.  Once they were stapled together we were to use the period to finish up any incomplete work.  Also, the answer keys for each of the sheets was laid out around the room.  We took our booklet and cycled around to be sure our answers were all correct.


Lesson 24






We used today's period to review for our test next class.  The review sheet (lesson 21), and the actual test were used to make questions for a game to help us study.  The first game we played was a true/false game.  We were read a sentence and then had to move to a "T" sign, or a "F" sign.  We then had to explain why we went there.  We later worked together to come up with answers to some more in depth questions.  We were told to remember to add detail to our answers so that we can obtain full marks on our test.

Practise Questions


Lesson 25



Today we wrote out unit test on Daily and Seasonal Changes.  Each question was read out loud to us, we had the opportunity to have our answers written for us, and we all conferenced with Mr. C. when we were done.


This concludes our unit on Daily and Seasonal Changes.  Our next unit is Materials, Objects and Everyday Structures.