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Resources for Aligning Informal Science Programs to ngss
Try here: http://ngss.nsta.org/curriculum-planning.aspx

by Pamela Dupre > Mon May 22, 2017 10:46 AM

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Informal Science
Standards Based Grading and ngss
Chris,     For the NASA Mars Education lessons we developed Instructional Objectives (IO) and Learning Outcomes (LO) for each lesson. The IO and LO's were written using the 3-D format of a Performance Expectation, but were more focused. We then wrote a rubric for each Learning Outcome and suggest...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu May 18, 2017 4:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Looking for a condensed explanation of ngss
Hi, Nick There is no quick way to understand ngss. Many of us who have been working with it since it was published are still discovering something new. I agree with Flavio about the NSTA Learning Center web archives, but I would suggest that you first get a copy of the Framework for K-12 Sci...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu May 18, 2017 3:40 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
5E Lesson Plan
Find this info here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx#aboutresources The trade book is, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. [color=#3D3D3D][font=Calibri,sans-serif][size=6]Energy Makes Things Happen: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Contributor NSTA ...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed May 17, 2017 12:29 PM

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Elementary Science
Looking for a condensed explanation of ngss
Just like Flavio, I use NSTA as my go to for pretty much everything, especially ngss! There are lessons, trade books, and you can see the progressions of the ngss from elementary through high school. It is a veritable gold mine! Even if you choose not to use the lesson plans, they provide a road ma...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed May 17, 2017 9:17 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Food Chains
ngss 3rd - 5th grade states: LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms Animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals. Plants need water and light. Food provides animals with the materials and energy they need for body repair, growth, warmth, and motion. Plan...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue May 16, 2017 12:02 PM

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Elementary Science
Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught
Thank you. Perfect timing for this. We are working on the ngss and our state standards and the argument piece is the one we are needing help with.

by Pamela Dupre > Fri May 12, 2017 11:46 AM

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STEM
Teaching Science to ELLs- Challenges
Shmouni and Everyone, I had the great privilege to see and hear Dr.Okee Lee talk about  teaching science to ELLs and ngss.  Many of the suggestions mentioned about modeling, vocabulary and being culturally in tune with your students are some of the things  she discussed in her presentation.   ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu May 04, 2017 3:50 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught When students write "about science" they sometimes just pile on lots of sentences without any sense that the sentences can and shou...

by T.R. Girill > Wed May 03, 2017 1:30 PM

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STEM
Force and Motion with Kindergarten
i really like your suggestion. Opening and closing the door is a perfect anchoring phenomenon for this concept . Students might brainstorm all the questions they can think of about the door opening and closing. As the teacher you would record the questions. The next step would be determining which...

by Kathy Renfrew > Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:16 PM

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Elementary Science
Forum Challenge - Action Research and Reflection on ELA Science Integration
How can we use integration to bring science to the forefront. I do think it may be about developing science units that include anchoring phenomenon, driving questions, investigation and real reading and writing that is appropriate. I am wondering if I was to take on this task what what K-2 ngss stan...

by Kathy Renfrew > Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:01 PM

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Elementary Science
Genetics in Elementary and Middle School
I currently work in a genetics lab engineering yeast for biofuel, and though it is an intricate process I feel that the basic genetics concepts I rely upon can be made accessible to younger audiences. The first time genetics was fully elaborated upon, going beyond the typical “you look lik...

by Victoria Glynn > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:56 PM

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STEM
Looking for a condensed explanation of ngss
New NSTA/Oregon STA member here. I have a question for the professional community. I have 7 years of teaching experience and am currently searching for a teaching position. However, I have not been a classroom teacher since 2012, and it's working against me, especially regarding current standard...

by Nick Kidwell > Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:25 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Help needed to align units to ngss
Hello, can you clarify your definition of Forensics? In any event, here are some middle school, ngss aligned resources that contain some kind of Forensics :) https://www.opened.com/search?descriptive=forensics&grade=6-...-standards

by Ron Drabkin > Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:55 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Bundles in ngss
Hi All, Please see our new blog post on Bundling in ngss by our own lead ngss curator, Jane Jacobson! http://blog.opened.com/post/159764633194/time-space-bundling-ngss cheers - Ron from OpenEd.com

by Ron Drabkin > Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:26 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science channels
https://www.opened.com/search?standard_group=next-generation-science-standards This massive online library of educational resources for K–12 teachers recently added thousands of ngss–supported science resources to its collection. The resources include science videos, games, homework, assessments,...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:01 PM

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Elementary Science
Help needed to align units to ngss
With the emphasis on cross cutting principles and science practices in ngss I think it would be fairly doable to align the units to ngss. Can you give me some idea of what the current units are meeting in terms of standards?

by Patrick Bond > Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:17 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss textbook
I can't answer comprehensively, as there are so many types of "textbooks" and curricula out there. I was looking at publishers whose curricula are (or will be) Google Classroom connectable. I don't know if that is an issue for you. I found the following when visiting booths and NSTA LA last week: ...

by David Vernot > Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:22 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/Engineering Practice
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/Engineering Practice The Practice Perspective The Next Generation Science Standards (www.nextgenscience.org), as reflected for engineering in several...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:09 AM

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STEM
ngss textbook
What is the best ngss aligned textbook for Biology and Physical Science?

by Candice Lekas > Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:16 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Success For All, Takes Us All
Using the "Space Your In" ... to build a science program K-5. (Ideas from the CA ngss Framework). Science is about the natural world. Each of us has an environment conducive to exploring science topics (whether or not it is the ideal environment). In addition to student engagement and test re...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss Aligned Polar Science Activities Description: Resources and lessons supporting polar science. Try some fun, easy activities and receive lesson plans. Presenters: Anne Marie Wotkyns and Scott Engelman Organizations/Schools:Kittridge School For Advanced Stu...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:46 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Preservice Teacher Education and State-wide Implementation Description: Supporting new and Pre-service teachers through the ngss implementation process is a challenge all new teachers and school districts face. We will discuss opportunities for participation in the Knowles Fellowship pro...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:46 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss PD technical assistance and resources Description: Anyone from Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, Mono Counties come introduce yourself! Technical assistance questions welcomed for yourself or working with your school/district. The CA Science Project network has so many experts ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:45 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
California Science Project (CSP) Description: CSP tools, professional learning resources, and lessons-learned for ngss implementation. Across the state, the 13 California Science Project sites partner with local school districts with the goal of developing effective implementation pat...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:45 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss Implementation through Teacher Leadership Description: The Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) at LMU seeks to empower the next generation of diverse learners who actively engage in and deeply experience rigorous mathematics and ngss science in an inquiry based student d...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:44 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
K - 12 District-wide ngss Transition Presenters: Lynn Rosenberry and Scott Spector Audience: K - 12 Description: A Kindergarten – 12 th model of a districtwide investment to ngss implementation. A commitment to providing Professional Development and ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:44 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss Communication Toolkits Description: The CA ngss Communications Toolkits provide education stakeholders in California with ready-to-use and source materials to introduce and communicate the value and intention of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA ngss) and guide...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:43 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
District Implementation TK-12 Plan and shifting pedagogy in ngss Description: Learn about the Torrance Unified TK-12 roll-out plan and see the teacher data from the first year of implementation. Presenters: Amy Argento, Tera Black, Marissa Stillittano Organizations...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:43 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Biology Description: Creating ngss aligned Performance Tasks & Summative Assessments Presenters: Niki Patel and Jovel Queirolo Organizations/Schools: Audience: HS Teachers

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:43 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Curriculum Development Description: Using backwards design to build common core science curriculum from the ngss Presenters: Matthew Riley and Jessica Gelineau Organizations: Learn4Life/Mission View Public Charter Audience: K-12

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:42 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Crosscutting Concepts- How Scientists Think! Description: The crosscutting concepts in the ngss are drivers of scientific inquiry, Learn how to use them to craft the right questions and get students to ask the right questions. Presenters: Peter A'Hearn Organizations/Sch...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:41 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Reaching the Limits: An ngss Lesson on Population Ecology for Biology Description: Journey through an Ambitious Science Teaching Lesson in which students look at the removal of sea otters in an ocean ecosystem. Through a series of activities, students model, plot, infer, and analyze d...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:41 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss in Secondary Schools - integrating topics and teaching techniques Description: ngss integrated teaching models (middle school and high school 3-course) enable the use of key phenomena to anchor instruction. We look at ways to do this and how to support collaborative science pra...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:40 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Elementary - Doing ngss Curriculum in the Elementary Classroom Description: Authentic ngss students work samples shared along with pictures and a Make-and-Take! Presenters: Lavenia Howard Organizations/Schools: LAUSD/Academy for Enriched Sciences Audience: k-6 ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:40 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Anaheim Ducks, First Flight Field Trip Description: The Anaheim Ducks explore STEM concepts through lens of hockey during California’s largest science classroom experience each year at Honda Center. Joined by community organizations and corporate partners, the Ducks create exhibits a...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:38 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Early Implementer Efforts Description: Using Environmental Learning online resources to support ngss and using ngss to support Environmental Learning. Presenters: Barbara Woods

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:35 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ngss Earth Science Resources for teacher content development and student activities. Description: Looking for ngss Earth Science resources? Discover Earth Science resources that have been created to support students understanding of Earth and Space Science ideas through 3-Dimensiona...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:34 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Presentation Title: Navigating the Rough Waters of OER: A Science Team's Journey. Description: Take a look at a team's journey of organizing, vetting and curating science OER (Open Educational Resources) collections to align with ngss in the Grossmont Union High School District....

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:30 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Project-Based Learning Through Global Statistics Description: The new data challenge is finding patterns in haystacks of instant worldwide information. Come try free, reliable, online statistics visualizers to correlate and analyze international social measures over time, including he...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:30 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Scratch Coding and Arduinos Description: Arduino Electronics= ngss for middle schoolers Presenters: Greg Beutler Organizations/Schools: Audience: 6-8 + Admin. + Community Stakeholders Links: www.techscool.org/nsta

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:29 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
OpenEd Description: Science assessments with ngss aligned interactives for each wrong answer Presenters: Polina Babina Organizations/Schools: OpenEd Audience: K-12 Links: OpenEd.com

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:29 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
WEB-BASED ngss UNIT DEVELOPMENT TOOL AND RESOURCES Description: Learn how to use a newly developed, web-based tutorial that guides a teacher in developing an instructional unit aligned with all dimensions of ngss, including Common Core integration, assessment, pedagogy and daily lesso...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:28 PM

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Professional Development
Help needed to align units to ngss
Hi,   I was wondering if anyone that is a guru w/ the ngss standards, would help me find a way to link an ngss standard w/ 2 popular science units that I enjoy teaching.  In 7th grade, I used to do a unit on Simple Machines & students really enjoyed it, but I am having trouble justi...

by Erica Grimaldi > Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:23 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Rigor and Relevance Framework for Chem?
I am familiar if I recall correctly. Quad A is low rigor and low relevance or "acquisition." Quad D is high rigor/high relevance and is a significant jump from the other quads. One thing I like to keep in mind is a unit planner I saw in a NSTA book on formative assessment that had student lear...

by Juleen Whall > Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:38 AM

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Chemistry
Success For All, Takes Us All
Grateful to be joining this elite group of colleagues to share insights and next steps in our ngss journey. Thanks Alison.

by Morris McCormick > Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:30 PM

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Professional Development
Published ACT practice quizzes with ngss alignments and links to NASA
hi All, We at OpenEd.com are a subsidiary of the ACT. We have published some new practice quizzes for the ACT - science section of course - built from released questions from prior year ACT tests. We added ngss alignments, and also linked to videos from NASA Goddard, Smithsonian, etc.  They ar...

by Ron Drabkin > Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:28 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Grades K - 8 textbooks aligned with ngss???
McGraw Hill has a new modular K-5 and 6-8 program: Inspire Science. It was written specifically around ngss. Page Keeley has written formative assessment probes for it and Dinah Zike has created Foldables. It is not a traditional print text, but a composite with much online material. I don't know de...

by David Vernot > Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:30 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Grades K - 8 textbooks aligned with ngss???
Hi Everyone, Has anyone learned of textbooks that are aligned with the ngss standards that are available now with 2017-18 copyrights?  We are looking into series and have not found one that covers all the topics.  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Leisa Kolberg SVDP Omaha

by Leisa Kolberg > Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:27 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
K-2 Developmentally appropriate skills and content
Hello! I am looking for documents, besides the Framework and ngss, to easily identify if lessons are inappropriate for K,1, and 2 grade students.  I say "inappropriate" because I come across many lessons that may or may not be right for this age group.  For example, lessons that teach about the stat...

by Linda Schatzman > Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:31 PM

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Elementary Science
Developing Scientific Literacy
Hello, Brenna and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:43 PM

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STEM
Experiments
Hi, Farah and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:38 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Try searching the TeachEngineering site https://www.teachengineering.org There are quite a few lessons and activities here that integrate engineering and life science (use Bioengineering as a search topic, to start) The lessons are well designed and show an alignment with ngss. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:33 PM

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STEM
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
Hi James, Much of the beauty of the ngss is in the interweaving of the three Dimensions, so for any activity, we need to include and make visible the disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, in addition to the specific science and engineering practices, that were combined in the perfo...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:02 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
I'm hoping, whether you teach or work in a state which has adopted the ngss or not, the wonderful scientifically minded community that is the NSTA will be able to help me. I am looking for recommendations on how to engage elementary students (any grade level) in the Science and Engineering Practices...

by James Alberto > Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 PM

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Elementary Science
NSTA Conference LA
Hi, I'll be presenting on using Journeys or "Useful, Relevant Interactive Reading Passages in Your Secondary Classroom" Journeys are ngss aligned middle and high school interactive reading passages integrating current scientist case studies, data analysis, graphing practice sets, engineerin...

by Jess Rowell > Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
"Catch a Wave" Middle school unit
Good morning-- I have the teacher pages for "Catch a Wave" unit; Science Course Module: Integrated Physics and Chemistry(IPC) 2005.  I really like it and would like to adapt it to ngss Standards.  I do not have the student pages that accompany them.  The largest component of the unit contains the r...

by Claudia Frey > Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:29 PM

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Physical Science
Three-Dimensional Instruction
Hi Flavio and Carolyn - I'm looking forward to today's virtual conference (Sat. Feb. 11, 2017) on Exploring 3-D instruction. As a professional development instructor for K-12 science teachers in 35 rural school districts in our region in central Wisconsin, I am eager to learn how to help in-ser...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:37 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Three-Dimensional Instruction
Hi Flavio, I am excited about tomorrow's virtual conference! As an instructor of K-12 preservice science teachers, I am looking for ideas on how to help our newest members of the profession construct lessons that seamlessly incorporate all three strands of the ngss, and I would like to have a colle...

by Carolyn Mohr > Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:00 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
5-E Lesson Plan
And a listing of many specific examples: http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/profession...ring-ngss/

by Cris Dewolf > Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:05 AM

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Elementary Science
5-E Lesson Plan
Here are some resources from the Wayne Co. RESA that you may find useful to complete your task: http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/profession...resources/

by Cris Dewolf > Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:04 AM

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Elementary Science
Advice Welcomed Here
Hi Cami, Weather systems may change within hours and it may take several months of collecting data to be able to see a pattern in the weather. Read Science and Children editor Linda Froschauer's April 2010 "Editor's Note" about weather misconceptions. Changing a misconception, also called an "e...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:49 AM

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Elementary Science
5-E Lesson Plan
Hi Meagan, Good luck with the lesson planning! Depending on which content you decide to cover, there are lots of examplars to refer to to give you ideas. Most all of the Science and Children journal articles written in the last two or three years are written in the 5 E inquiry lesson plan format....

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:05 PM

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Elementary Science
Resources for Aligning Informal Science Programs to ngss
Hello, I'm doing some contract work to help align nature center educational programming to the ngss. I have done alignment work before, so I am familiar with both the standards and the particular programs of this organization. Although I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing, I was wondering i...

by Sarah Benton > Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:59 PM

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Informal Science
Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science
I teach both 6th and 7th grade, so I make sure that students continue to practice the same skills from 6th to 7th grade. For example, we utilize the same explanation/argument tool in both grades, so they can advance in their writing by 7th grade. I also think about high school. So fo...

by Rachelle Travis > Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:26 PM

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Professional Development
Engaging physic projects
For active engagement in projects, you should definitely consider the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  They’re full of research-based projects and classroom activities.  All the editions (elementary, middle, high) can be seen here , and you can go right to the middle-school edition here ...

by Iris Lee > Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:02 PM

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Physical Science
PODCAST: Preparing our Middle Schoolers for MARS!
I enjoyed this Podcast from Lab Out Loud today. http://laboutloud.com/2016/12/episode-157-sloan-science-and-film/ Short science films that can be used in the classroom from http://scienceandfilm.org/ Teacher Guide with link to video, ngss, thought provoking questions and a summary of the f...

by Leslee Scruggs > Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:53 PM

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STEM
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
Thanks for sharing the link about the top 10 things about the ngss, Richard. I totally agree with #4. If you can eat it, it's probably not a model. I worked with a teacher who wanted to spend a week teaching phases of the moon with Oreo Cookies! Students just remember getting to eat in class. I'm pr...

by Pam Dupre > Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:17 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Success For All, Takes Us All
All professionals need time to collaborate. We often turn to other teachers when we need information or advice. Now more than ever, teacher collaboration and professional learning relationships are needed for providing ALL students the very best education possible. With pressure on teachers and di...

by Alison Thalmann > Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:25 AM

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Professional Development
'How to' NSTA Learning Center Videos now available through the Help Link
Amanda! Where have you been all my life? I loved the features you shared! I teach preservice teachers and use the NSTA Learning Center as our e-Text. I am also extremely familiar with the NSTA Learning Center, both as a professional educator user and as an online advisor; but there are still thi...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:55 PM

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New Teachers
Virtual Reality Technology in the Classroom?
I'm a HS SpEd teacher for a program for kids with autism and other brain-based conditions. We're including MAKER SPACES and Sci Tech Challenges based on ngss and NSTA press books. Have added Arduino circuit starter kits. Just bought a VR maze game by seedling to introduce VR concepts.

by MARIA SANSALONE > Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:51 PM

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Research in Science Education
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
Here's another link to Steven Pruitt's Top 10 Things about ngss... http://static.nsta.org/files/tst1505_17.pdf

by Richard Bacolor > Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:45 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
Thanks Richard! This was my first time leveraging ngss, so I'll take a look and see what other information I can add that will be beneficial to science teachers and curriculum specialists! Eli

by Eli Sheldon > Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:18 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
I'm a long time middle school teacher and more recently science curriculum specialist. The three activities you've posted are definitely solid examples of inquiry learning. Here a couple thoughts regarding ngss: It would be nice to see how they fit into the context of a unit or topic bundle of NG...

by Richard Bacolor > Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:58 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Assessments for ngss
Here is some press on the publishers we are working with to add ngss alignments http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/12/opened-adds-thousan...FLijLYrJ-U

by Ron Drabkin > Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:40 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Cell organelles
I think this is one of those many instances in life science in which the definitions we use get a little fuzzy. I looked closer at the ngss ( MS-LS1-2 specifically) that deals with organelles and I noticed for the most part that the language there avoids the use of "organelles". For the most part t...

by Matt Stewart > Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:01 PM

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Life Science
Assessments for ngss
hi All, Here is an article we cowrote with the folks at GettingSmart on the evolution of assessments with ngss. (We are from OpenEd, a subsidiary of ACT, and worked with another subsidiary of ACT, Pacific Metrics.  So we cover both classroom and summative assessment.) Feedback is very welco...

by Ron Drabkin > Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:56 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
A YouTube Channel for K-8 Science Education Aligned to ngss

by George Mehler > Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:39 AM

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General Science and Teaching
A YouTube Channel for K-8 Science Education Aligned to ngss

by George Mehler > Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:38 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Making Science Education a Priority
NSTA Position Statement The Next Generation Science  Standards http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/ngss.aspx It is essential that all students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informe...

by Alison Thalmann > Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:21 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Human genome project ideas?
Hi Stephanie! Great topic. I have struggled with teaching genetics because of the amount of vocabulary needed and how vast the implications are in this subject. I am still working out the kinks especially with the new ngss. I would love to share ideas here. I do love teaching about the human gen...

by Amanda Wolfe > Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:15 AM

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Life Science
Ask Questions
Hi Sarah, I just came across your post.  Asking questions is really at the heart of science.  You might want to explore this web seminar which delves into ngss and questions. Archive: Preparing for ngss: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, September 11, 2012 Here is the link that...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:56 AM

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New Teachers
Hands-On Activity Needed
Hello Ina- It appears that you are where I am, trying to find activities I can use with ngss. I am currently putting together the curriculum for our 2nd half of a high school Earth & Space Science course and have been looking at how increasing deposition of black carbon has affected the albedo of...

by Cris Dewolf > Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:49 PM

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Life Science
ngss Posters
Here is the link to the free online - print yourself posters: https://neuron.illinois.edu/ngss-posters

by David Crowther > Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:59 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Classroom management during an inquiry activity or lab
Hello! I teach 8th grade science and need some thoughts, ideas and practice advice on classroom management during these type of lessons; particularly with regards to safety.  Noise and activity do not bother me and my classes can get loud at times when they are working in groups.  What expectations...

by Anne Kilbourn > Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:20 AM

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Professional Development
Ask Questions
Hi everyone, I am a pre-service teacher at Northern Kentucky University and I am really struggling with the concept in some of the ngss standards that have the phrase "Ask questions to ...".  How deep do these questions have to be?  How many questions?  Is this a question that should be develope...

by Sarah Hume > Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:33 PM

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New Teachers
teaching reactions in middle school
Hello. I am having trouble reconciling that valence electrons, reactivity, and types of bonds are not suggested concepts to address when teaching ngss MS-PS1-1. If the students are expected to make molecules, wouldn't they need to know if the molecules could actually happen? Should I be working ba...

by Jonathon Regan > Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:00 PM

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Chemistry
Literacy: The 4th Dimension in 3D Learning
Recognizing the importance of literacy in science education, ngss added Common Core ELA Connections to each of its standards. Some teachers may not appreciate this 4th requirement in an already complex 3D system (SEP, DCI, CCC). However, if they integrate both ELA and Science curriculum, teachers ...

by JANE Jacobson > Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:40 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
process of science - best practice - vocabulary
Hi Stacy, With the integration of the Next Generation Science Standards into many schools across America, the science processes have evolved into the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of which there are 8. ( http://ngss.nsta.org/PracticesFull.aspx ) When the ngss first surfaced, they seem...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:07 PM

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Research in Science Education
Science Not Really a Subject
Your opinion is echoed by many, Scott, and you wrote it so eloquently. Thank you. Now that the ngss standards are complete and contain connections to the CCC, it will be much easier for teachers to incorporate science into whatever subjects they are mandated to teach when science is being demoted t...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:28 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Highschool Science curriculum
Yes, Florida has adopted the ngss, but they made a few changes to it based on input from the Floridian community. How does the ngss affect the ESS curriculum and whether it will be offered to highschool students? I also didn't know it was up to the individual districts on whether ESS is offered or n...

by Minnu Messiahdas > Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:39 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Need project based astronomy unit - middle school
Hello Gabriel I do not have a fully developed project based astronomy unit for you but have some suggestions on resources to consider First place is to look are is space system in Earth's Place in the Universe for 6-8 http://ngss.nsta.org/DisplayStandard.aspx?view=topic&id=34 Devel...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:55 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Astronomy unit
Hello Ninorta, Please let me know what you think if this project:   https://www.eisacademy.org/course/search.php?search=fly+me+to+the+moons To view all the activities, you will need to create an account. Hopefully, I will be connecting all the projects in this site to ngss before the end o...

by Bonnie Thurber > Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:45 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Astronomy unit
Hello, I am currently working on a middle school project based inquiry unit for astronomy and was looking for some recommendations and resources. We are a progressive school and focus on experiential learning vs relying solely on textbook. Are there any ngss aligned units that are inquiry b...

by N > Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:19 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Need project based astronomy unit - middle school
Hello, I am currently working on a middle school project based inquiry unit for astronomy and was looking for some recommendations and resources. We are a progressive school and focus on experiential learning vs relying solely on textbook.  Anyone come across ngss aligned thematic units online? ...

by N > Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:43 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Physics text
I have not found this to be true in my experience. I would be very rigorous in my evaluation of new materials and use the EQuIP rubric. The state of Oregon also recently evaluated textbook materials for alignment to ngss and has a lot of materials available on the Oregon Department of Education deal...

by Carrie Carden > Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:10 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Misconceptions and Discrepant Events
Hi Shmouni, You bring up a very very good point here. Teaching through discrepant events (DE's) can be tricky and it does take time. In fact your students explanations of the phenomena that they are observing could be dead wrong initially. I was really excited to teach using DE's when I first st...

by Amanda Wolfe > Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:52 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Physics text
Hey Jeremy - I saw your post asking about a Physics text option and just wanted to say that you might want to get in touch with your Houghton Mifflin Harcourt rep as they have a new Physics program built from the ground up on ngss. All of the other major publishers are just rearranging their old...

by Ann Pearson > Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:45 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Cell Biology Lesson Collection Help
I don't teach middle school so I googled what you were searching for: http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwhbzABRDHw_i4q...AsCP8P8HAQ http://www.ngsslifescience.com/biology_lesson_plans_cell_organelles.html https://sharemylesson.com/subject/cell-biology Share My Lesson is...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:17 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Highschool Science curriculum
Has Florida adopted the ngss? In Michigan we did in a slightly modified form (basically just the performance expectations). It is being left up to the individual districts whether or not to offer a separate Earth & Space Science course. Some are opting to embed the ESS standards into Biology, Physic...

by Cris Dewolf > Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:39 AM

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Earth and Space Science