STC® Organisms assessed through a first graders song. Post your creative songs below and view the first graders blog about what they have learned.

17th March, 2010 - Posted by Teacher - 21 Comments

Thank you to the first grade students that shared this classroom experience using STC® Organisms! The video begins with two very excited teammates observing guppies at their table group. While observing the guppies, the students were shocked to witness one active guppy literally jump out of the cup. The student teacher captured this teachable moment while the students explained that the guppy needed to stay in the freshwater habitat rather than the hard desk that it landed on. Scarlet explains her new found knowledge that the guppy must stay in the water to “breathe” unlike humans who breathe air to survive.

Carlos, an ESL learner, observes that guppies are vertebrates because they have “bones”. When asked what he meant by his comment, he remarked that he “could see them” and shared his science notebook entry detailing his visual observations. Even though Carlos’ English vocabulary is continuing to develop he expresses himself through science note booking with very detailed drawings. His drawings and descriptions continue to develop throughout the lesson which is evident when assessing his dated note booking samples.

As the class gathers together to share their observations on the carpet, comparisons are made between two organisms: the snail and the guppy. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two organisms and without hesitating use their observations to develop a working definition of a living organism. The students describe attributes of living organisms and what living things need to survive. After the clear observing cups have had sufficient time to float in the table aquariums, acclimating to the water temperature, the students release their new friends into their tank. Aiden is at first concerned that the snail will eat the guppy but is reassured by his peers that everything will turn out ok and eagerly waits for a chance to feed the fish in his care.

The following day, Abigail raced into the classroom prepared with a song that she had written about what she had learned during the previous lesson. Obviously excited about the material, she shares how guppies move in their freshwater habitat and attributes she has observed such as “they move with a tail, just like a whale.” The most compelling part of her assessment of the lesson was summed up in one final comment. “I love guppies!” There is nothing like capturing inquiry in the classroom from a child’s perspective.


Grady Rose

March 19th, 2010 at 5:50 pm    

Hey, hey hey we’re the guppies
we’re just here swimmin around
we’re too busy swimming
to walk upon dry ground
We’re just trying to stay wet here
we’re just trying to keep cool
so you’d better get ready
cuz we’re coming to your school.

Sammie Lotz

March 19th, 2010 at 6:04 pm    

Love it Grady! Thanks for sharing! I will be singing this tomorrow at NSTA in the Carolina booth. If you are there stop by and say hello. We have some wonderful sessions tomorrow including Math out of the Box, a new Senses unit in 3-D for primary grades, along with much much more! This song must be to the tune of “Hey, Hey, we are the Monkeys”. What other stanzas can you guys think of?

Jewel Monroe

March 22nd, 2010 at 10:13 pm    

Great job Mrs. Jenkins and Ms. Williams

Susan Jenkins

March 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am    

We have expectant guppies in all four of the classroom aquariums! We love guppies!


March 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm    

First Grader

I liked the video. I enjoyed all of our experiments. Thank you for coming to our class it was fun to do it. love, salma


March 23rd, 2010 at 2:16 pm    

First Grader

I loved the video and it was so funny. I love to do science with your group alot! Carolina Curriculum is so much fun!


March 24th, 2010 at 8:23 am    

1st grader

I liked the guppy and the snail part best in our lesson. Thank you Carolina Curriculum for coming to us. I can’t wait till our next lesson on Organisms!


March 24th, 2010 at 8:45 am    

1st grader

I really liked the video. I learned that guppies live in fresh water. At the beggining Scarlet and Abigail talked to us about the guppies jumping out of the water. I thought the guppies would die but they didn’t. Abigail’s song is a pretty song about guppies. I think it was called “I LOVE GUPPIES”. At the middle Carlos said that the guppies had bones and I thought that too. It was awesome! We also talked about snails. They have shells.


March 24th, 2010 at 8:52 am    

1st grade student

I really like the guppies…and abigail song was so awesome
and pretty! I like the way the guppies move fast and it’s a little funny that the guppy jumped out.

Sammie Lotz

March 24th, 2010 at 8:53 am    

Your class is the smartest group of first graders! We at Carolina Curriculum are so proud of you and what you are learning through inquiry in the classroom. I love your idea of adding to your science notebooking skills by blogging about what you have learned on our blog site. How are the pill bugs and bess beetles doing in your terrariums? What are their names? What have you observed about land organisms versus water organisms.


March 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am    

1st grade student

I like the song that Abigail had made on the video. I really like the part when the guppy fell out the cup. It was funny and scary too!


March 24th, 2010 at 9:02 am    

1st grade student

My mom loved when Abigail was singing a nice song about guppies. I think it was called I LOVE GUPPIES and I loved it too. Guppies they move with a tail just like a whale. I love guppies especially the part that Scarlet said “the guppy jumped out of the cup.”


March 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am    

1st grade student

I like the song that Abigail had made on the video. I like the part when the guppy fell out the cup. Guppies are fun to learn aboat. I like the part that Carlos drew a snail. It looks pretty. It looks like a pretty doll in a house setting. Abigails song is good like…woo! It look like a fish in a bowl of rice.


March 24th, 2010 at 2:10 pm    

1st grade student

Juppy the Guppy was funny. I loved the video.

Nyah Stallings

March 25th, 2010 at 9:11 am    

I like the video because I thought it was good when they talked about the guppies and when Abigail sang. The class did a lot of fun things.

Nyah Stallings
2nd Grade Student


April 27th, 2010 at 2:10 pm    

1st grader

ms sammie did you now my marvel pea has grown taller than a inch. the grown up guppies eat the baby guppies.


April 27th, 2010 at 2:16 pm    

1st grader

Sometimes grownup guppies eat baby guppies.The snails got bigger.The moss is growing.

Sammie Lotz

April 27th, 2010 at 3:32 pm    

Sydney and Jalen, it looks like you have discussed seperating the mommy and daddy guppies from their babies as a class. That is exciting that you are setting up a nursery for your new additions.

Have the mommy guppies already had their babies?

How do you know that they are going to have little baby guppies?

Sammie Lotz

April 28th, 2010 at 12:07 pm    

I am glad that your guppies and snails are getting along together in their habitat Aidan. What are their names? What do they do during the day?


May 19th, 2010 at 9:30 am    

1st grade student

I like the song that Abigail had made on the video. I like the part when the guppy fell out the cup. Guppies are fun to learn aboat. I like the part that Carlos drew a snail. It looks pretty. It looks like a pretty doll in a house setting. Abigails song is good like…woo! It look like a fish in a bowl of rice.


June 8th, 2010 at 2:50 pm    

Beautiful words from a young child! Inspiring for everyone.

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