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ngss Implementation in your state
Adaliz, I teach in Washington county Maryland.  Our state adopted the standards, however, our early the PD/training did not provide us with a clear vision of how to implement ngss.  Currently, I attend training in NJ and have attended the NSTA Train the Trainer in New Orleans.  Our county designe...

by Patricia Leazier > Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:30 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
2018 Teacher To-Be
Jennefer, you also want to check out http://ngss.nsta.org/ All of the lessons are vetted by NSTA and the resources are really good. When you remarked about "explore" it is one of the 5 E's and so it is integrated into the lesson. It is not a hand them the items and let them loose. The explore p...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:52 AM

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New Teachers
ngss Implementation in your state
Hi, I am looking for experiences while implementing ngss in your classroom. What did your state do to 'roll out' ngss? Did you receive training in the standards? If so, for how long? Are currently receiving support after PD? What challenges are you facing while beginning to implement this new set...

by Adaliz Gonzalez > Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:07 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teaming Up for Next Generation Now
Who are you connecting with and what resources are you using to bring ngss practices into the classroom? 

by Alison Thalmann > Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:14 AM

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Professional Development
Middle School Chemistry
As a former chemistry major/physical science middle school teacher, I really like this site. I see now that the lessons are aligned with the ngss. High school teachers might also take a look, especially if their students don't have a strong background or need some introductory lessons. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:09 PM

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Chemistry
Implementing Next Gen. Standards
I am a pre-service teacher but I am have been developing a ngss aligned unit and recently taught a ngss lesson in a first grade classroom. Although I have not had a lot of experience within the classroom, I have found these standards to be extremely helpful in the planning process. I like to think o...

by Brooke Tatz > Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:32 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
K/1 Teacher
Deborah, I would suggest that you look around the NSTA Learning Center. You can go to "Explore All Resources" and input the search criteria and save those items in your library. You can also go to http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Refine your search by grade level and topic and there ...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:29 PM

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New Teachers
Kindergarten Science
Madie! I am very excited that we have had the chance to work on this science unit together. Although we are both learning the ngss ways I am very excited to be able to potentially teach this unit one day. One thing that I think will really help the kids is the use and knowledge of vocabulary. I kn...

by Whitnie Hutchinson > Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:28 PM

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New Teachers
Power Stanards and the ngss
There is a push in my district for creating "power standards" so that teachers know which of the ngss are most critical.  It is my view that the standards already are the power standards!  I do not see a way to determine which ones have priority.  I would appreciate your thoughts and information on ...

by Shannon Heckelsmiller > Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:28 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication Anne Jolly begins her June, 2017, blog post for CTQ Collaboratory by urging that If you want to engage students and get the...

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:18 AM

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STEM
Earth and Science
Hey Eva! I actually had just experienced creating my own "STEM in the Box" in my Science foundations course for my college program. Basically, "STEM in the Box" is a term that is basically self-explanatory. It's literally just a science activity in a box! The idea is to get students engaged in a ...

by JR Quilos > Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:13 AM

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Elementary Science
ngss textbook
If you are looking for a book that is aligned to ngss, the HMH Biology 2017 program has a complete correlation to the standards and includes some resources that provide additional activities for engineering and performance based learning. But if you are looking for a book that was written specifica...

by Diane Fluty > Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Incorporating SEPs into the Science Classroom
For those of you who are trying to incorporate the ngss or some version of them in your classroom, what techniques are you using to differentiate instruction?  I have worked with a few classes on SEP 3 - Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and they have struggled, but were mostly successful.  I...

by Julie Wistock > Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:18 AM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM and Fairy Tales
I taught a unit to a group of 2nd graders last year. This was a matter unit that was aligned with both the ngss and core literacy standards. I incorporated literacy by reading with them a book about matter and the different changes (reversible & irreversible). Then I had them create a book. They wer...

by Alexis > Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:48 PM

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STEM
Article Review One
The Nature of Science in Early Childhood Education: This article mainly discusses how and if younger children can understand science. The article states that “Kindergarten, first, and second grade students begin to understand what science is” (Ashbrook, 2014). Around these early ages, student...

by Hannah Adams > Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Solar system help
Hello! I completely understand where you are coming from, it seems that is the standard lesson when teaching about the solar system. The link below does have that same concept, but what I like is that it splits it into 2 groups and the first group will use different sorts of balls but the second g...

by sabrina bumpke > Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:22 PM

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New Teachers
article review 13
I read an article named “Planning ngss-Based Instruction Where do you start?” and I feel that I learnt a lot from this article. In the article, the author also felt failed when she started teach students because students seem have no interest in exploring the earth. However, after interviewing Dr. K...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:16 PM

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Early Childhood
Science Integrated Lessons
In my case, I have always loved science so it was a natural progression for me. Whatever we read in ELA, I can usually find a science tie in for it. I also look for vocabulary in science that may tie in with ELA and math. For instance in math when learning about volume, we can memorize the formula o...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:53 PM

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New Teachers
Science Integrated Lessons
Hi everyone, My name is Kristel Rodillas and I am a pre-service teacher.  I just wanted to know how new teachers integrated their science lessons. How did you integrate science with other subjects? What are examples of science integrated lessons you have taught? How did you keep stud...

by Kristel Rodillas > Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:46 PM

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New Teachers
ngss Iowa Core
I will begin my student teaching next fall and obtaining a teaching position afterwards in Iowa. Is there any advice on how to easily connect the ngss to the Iowa Core? I know that some give you the connection, but is there any other way to do it? Thanks!

by Mackenzie Haight > Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:14 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Standards
I appreciate this info! This will allow teachers to explore the ngss in areas where they need more guidance.

by Victoria Jordan > Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:06 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss APP AVAILABLE
Thanks for sharing this! As a pre-service teacher, I am always looking for things to help making lesson plans easier. I know this will come in handy both now, and when I start teaching in my own classroom. I will easily be able to look up the standards on this app to create my lesson plans. I always...

by Hannah Ballantyne > Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:20 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FREE Webinar- ngss and STEM
Hi Educators! Please disseminate this opportunity to your districts as it is free and after work hours. Link with detailed info is below Topic: ngss and STEM: Two Converging Paths Presenter: Tricia Shelton, NSTA Standards Implementation Specialist Dec. 7 6:30-8:00 pm EST http://learningcente...

by Wendy Binder > Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:17 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FREE Webinar- ngss and STEM
Hi Educators! Please disseminate this opportunity to your districts as it is free and after work hours. Link with detailed info and is below Topic: ngss and STEM: Two Converging Paths http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/GE/webseminar1.aspx

by Wendy Binder > Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 AM

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STEM
STEM Stations
In order to make stations easy to manage for you, consider stations that have the same objective but materials that can be changed out each week or so. I would consider using a microscope at one station so students can observe and draw what they see. It could be a mystery object or you could let the...

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:08 AM

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STEM
Student Teacher
Ruth, there is so much information about STEM implementation that it can be overwhelming. I would begin by reading articles and looking at lesson plans on NSTA. Use the Explore All Resources tab at the top and type in your key words, filter by grade level and lesson plans. There is also http://ngss...

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 AM

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New Teachers
#Project Phenomena
Hello, Here is another curated science phenomena site. https://www.ngssphenomena.com

by Susan German > Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Ecology
Personally I favor these websites: http://www.ngsslifescience.com/biology_lesson_plans_ecology_lab.html http://www.caryinstitute.org/educators/teaching-materials/schoolyard-ecology https://betterlesson.com/community/directory/all/ecology https://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/e...

by Alexandra Grayson > Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:11 AM

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Life Science
The Water Cycle Lesson Plan
Hi Karen! I found a few resources that may be of help to you. The first was located within the ngss@NSTA hub, and gives some ideas of teaching melting and freezing. Check it out here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=134 The second is an article that gives many ideas that cam...

by Megan Doty > Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:46 PM

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Elementary Science
Picture-Perfect STEMposium
Did you recently attend a Picture-Perfect STEMposium? I would love to stay connected and hear all about your experiences implementing Picture-Perfect STEM lessons in your classroom. Please share additional strategies and/or resources that you are using with your elementary students to engage them in...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:42 AM

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Elementary Science
Looking for a 3rd Grade STEM Lesson
I would also look here for a great variety of resources and lessons. http://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=4

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:53 PM

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STEM
Looking for a 3rd Grade STEM Lesson
Andrea, what strand of science are you wanting the lesson for? physical science, life science, etc. I have quite a few and I know there are so many located in Explore All Resouces and the ngss@NSTA.

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:16 PM

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STEM
How to get your students engaged
Jazmin, I echo waht Ruth posted. Phenomenon is such a great way to engage students immediately and getting them to ask questions. This is a great site for anchor phenomena! https://www.ngssphenomena.com/

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:40 AM

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New Teachers
Photosynthesis Using Elodea Lab
I have seen a similar question asked in the ngss Biology Facebook group. One idea shared was using the plant discussed on this website: http://www.sserc.org.uk/bulletins226/2005/215-autumn-2005/12...-elodea286

by DeWolf > Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:37 AM

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Life Science
Science Projects
Hi Diane, Stephanie, and everyone participating in this discussion thread. There are models and there is the practice of building models in order to help construct understanding of a concept or explain a phenomenon.  BOTH have a place in science.  The ngss clearly expects building a model to be a pr...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:37 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
I love the way that this integrates STEM ideas cross-curricularly through Fairy Tales. It also brings engineering and nonfiction into the world of fiction, which could appeal to those students who love fantasy and fiction reading. I really like the problem-solving aspect of this idea as well as it c...

by Rachel Stuckey > Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:31 PM

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STEM
Science Phenomena
Hello, I love this question! For fun I follow a twitter feed @phenomena. It makes me think --- which is exactly what we want our kiddos doing. Always wondering..... NSTA has a great ngss section and a ton of books....but to begin with try this link and scroll on down to phenomena... http://...

by Wendi Laurence > Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:02 PM

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Elementary Science
ngss Standards
If you haven't already explored bozemanscience.com it is a great resource for finding information about the Next Generation Science Standards.  http://www.bozemanscience.com/  

by Taylor Walden > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:58 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Suggest Elementary-Middle School Science Curriculum
For physical science, definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and accompanying materials (from Arbor Scientific). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 the middle-sch...

by James Dotson > Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:38 AM

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Elementary Science
In desperate need of conceptual physics curriculum/activites
Hi Joe, I can recommend a couple of resources that might get you started. As the year progresses, you can check back and let us know what you need. AAPT's The Physics Classroom has many resources that are available to physics teachers. There is an online textbook for students as well as te...

by Ruth Hutson > Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:43 PM

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Physical Science
Suggest Elementary-Middle School Science Curriculum
Hi Cheri, I would recommend you look at Amplify Science.  I have been very impressed with how well done the K-8 materials are.  They incorporate key elements of ngss, math and ELA common core standards, and computer simulations to help students visualize what is happening at levels that may be to...

by Belinda Clark > Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Motion simulations for students.
Michael, Can you be more specific about what phenomena or concept(s) you are investigating with the simulation? If your school uses ngss, if you go to the ngss@NSTA website, click on standards, then school, then choose a group you are interested in and scroll down to the bottom of the page ...

by Alison Hapka > Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:30 AM

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Physical Science
Classroom Changes due to ngss - Your opinions matter! Please share them!
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am conducting a r...

by Angela Holt > Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:03 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Resources for Science Lessons
Megan gave some really great links through NSTA. I like using https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new when I have a difficult time making a concept simple and easily broken down for students' understanding. However, my favorite site is; http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources-Resul...

by Pam Dupre > Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:58 PM

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New Teachers
Ideas for Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Ariel, go to http://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=7 There you can filter it to specific grade levels. I filtered the link for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. This is my "go to" site for pretty much everything.

by Pam Dupre > Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:05 AM

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New Teachers
Need Strategies for SEPs and CCCs
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/web_seminar_archive_sponsor.aspx?page=ngss

by Cleopatra Thomas > Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:18 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Curricular and Pedagogical Reform in the Science Classroom
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am cond...

by Angela Holt > Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:16 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Stem and Self-confidence
Hello, I am an undergraduate student at UMBC on track to earning my certificate in Elementary Education. I am learning a lot about the Next Generation Science Standards(ngss) and how to incorporate STEM lessons. My question is how do I help students who are not confident in the subject of Mathematic...

by Lindsay Thompson > Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 PM

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Elementary Science
EDUCATORS TO ICELAND
I'm organizing the ultimate field trip for formal and informal educators! Picture yourself on a 9-day trip to Iceland with colleagues interested in experiencing the dynamic interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Join us to experience phenomena-based science teachin...

by Kottie Christie-Blick > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:44 AM

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Professional Development
Suggest Elementary-Middle School Science Curriculum
Hi Cheri! The Next Generation Science Standards ngss have been adopted in full or partially by many states, as well as private schools across the country. The NSTA Learning Center has a lot of resources you can look at. Best of luck with your new curriculum search! Maybe take a look here htt...

by James Johnson > Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:40 AM

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Elementary Science
States of Matter Lesson Ideas
Hi, I am planning a lesson about the different states of matter for second grade students.  The ngss standard I will be covering is 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.  If anyone has any lesson ideas please...

by Liane Mori > Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:51 PM

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Elementary Science
In Need of a Phenomenon for NGGS Standard 2.LS2.1
Hey guys! So I am trying to plan a lesson using ngss standard 2.LS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. Does anyone have an idea of a phenomenon that I can use or have any ideas of how I can teach this lesson? Let me know!

by Tiana Guerrero > Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Projects
I think it depends on the project. If you are doing a chemistry project on how yeast effects bread, then it is appropriate to use food, and even eat it! However, if you are using edibles as models for a cell, sometimes food is not the best representation. I read in this article, "if it is eddible it...

by Elizabeth Homans > Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:41 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching science outside of the classroom?
Alexander, try this link: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx There are so many good lessons. You can also use the Explore All Resources search in The Learning Center.

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:29 PM

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Early Childhood
Ideas for Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Hello! I am a pre-service teacher in the 3rd grade. What are some awesome lesson plan ideas based off the ngss standard of inheritance and variation of traits? I am located in Hawaii, so nature is a great resource for us.  Thank you!

by Ariel Sato > Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:43 PM

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New Teachers
Student's engagement
Hi Zeina, This is such a great question and so important to teach our students. we know if they are not interested they are not going to learn. We want active participants but also not to just teach to be teaching but we want to enrich the lives of those kids who are coming into our classroom. Th...

by Jessica Holman > Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:59 AM

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New Teachers
Getting Parents Involved
Kaylee! I love that you want to include your parent's into your classroom. One of the things that I would suggest is to first figure out the best method of communication for your parents. Find out if they prefer online information or print information. Smore is a great way to make interactive ...

by Jessica Holman > Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:44 AM

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New Teachers
ngss Resources
Check out Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Dimensions textbook - K12, built from the ground up specifically for the ngss, every lesson starts and ends with a phenomenon, and the digital resources are amazing. Love it! :)

by Ann Pearson > Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:46 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Need Strategies for SEPs and CCCs
Hi Ann, Let me first start off with the main ngss @ NSTA website: http://ngss.nsta.org. Here you can find many resources defining ngss, giving resources to implement in the classroom, and much more. More specifically, however, I want to also send you to the Professional Learning section of t...

by Megan Doty > Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:58 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Resources
What resources have you found that are helping you implement ngss?  I'm looking for textbooks, online platforms, supplemental resources etc.  We are currently using Stemscopes, and also really like using the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative.  I'm looking for others.

by Jennifer Furstenberg > Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Assessment in the Elementary Classroom
Hi Sarah, Great question! Check out this link for some broad information on assessments within ngss: http://ngss.nsta.org/conducting-assessments.aspx I'm curious, though, if anyone has a specific lesson plan with assessment that they have used within ngss? How did you ensure three-dimensi...

by Megan Doty > Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:46 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Engagement
Hey Tempia! This is such a great question! To be honest it is one that from class the answer may change. That is part of the joy of working with people who have their own interest and desires. What I really love about science and the ngss is its focus on phenomena. These are great ways to engage ...

by Jessica Holman > Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:04 AM

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Professional Development
Lesson for Kinder
I found this on ngss.nsta.org: http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=311 Sock Seeds https://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.str...cQd09VSwdU There are many many resources as you can see from the other responses too!

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Advice
Marissa, you can also visit http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx and find cross-curricular resources. I love doing owl pellet dissection. We use math to measure the bones, tally the bones, and create a graph of the types of bones found which then leads to a discussion of what animal skele...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:12 PM

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Elementary Science
Concerns as a new teacher!
I'm so glad you made this comment Alma! I don't know for sure about other places, but where I work, elementary teachers receive no professional development in science once they begin teaching! It's terrible. Science is all around us and we need to know how scientific principals affect us in our ever...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:48 PM

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New Teachers
Need Strategies for SEPs and CCCs
Hello!  I'm working with K12 teachers who are new to the ngss and looking for general strategies to help. For example, I've been having them use phenomena, Driving Question Boards (DQBs), and practice moderating Position-Driven Discussions while helping students create and use models, argue using ev...

by Ann Pearson > Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:53 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
#Project Phenomena
This annotated database of more than 50 science phenomena also presents the criteria required for selecting phenomena useful for ngss  instruction. NSTA Freebies.  https://sites.google.com/site/sciencephenomena/

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:16 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Gardening in the Classroom
I forgot -- one of my favorite activities is seed socks. https://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781941316368 or http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=311

by Wendi Laurence > Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:11 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Resources for Kindergarten
Hi Karsen -- I would recommend you look at the monthly column "Teaching with Trade Books" in NSTA's Science and Children journal. In each issue, there are lessons for K-2 and 3-5 with a suggested trade book. The lessons are well designed and correlated to the ngss for that grade level. As a example...

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:53 PM

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New Teachers
Missing Taxonmy
Hi Alison, You are correct in noticing that taxonomy and classification are not directly covered in the ngss. However, remember that a scientific name and an organism's classification is a hypothesis showing common ancestry and the phylogeny of a living thing.  Therefore, I inadvertently teach t...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:55 PM

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Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hi Brittany - I'm also teaching Anatomy & Physiology for the first time again in years. Looking for creative labs that are ngss aligned. Several colleagues recommended: Feets of Clay or Anatomy in Clay . Where you use a skeleton and clay for students to model muscles and other stru...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:22 AM

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Life Science
ngss Assessment in the Elementary Classroom
As a preservice teacher, I am curious about the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in regards to assessment. What are some examples of specific ngss assessment techniques and tools? 

by Sarah Brooks > Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:48 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Free ngss Posters from Vernier
Vernier is please to offer the attached ngss CCC and SEP posters free of charge to science teachers. Just send me the following information and we will send them to your school. Name Email Title School or District Name Address How many sets do you need? Gary Myers, M.Ed Managing Direc...

by Gary Myers > Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:25 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Free ngss Posters from Vernier

by Gary Myers > Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:28 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Free ngss Posters from Vernier
Vernier Software and Technology is pleased to offer the attached ngss CCC and SEP posters, free of charge, to all science teachers. Just send me the following information and we will send them out to your school: Name Email Title (what do you teach or what is your district role?) School or ...

by Gary Myers > Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:27 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Preservice Teacher
Samantha, I would ask the teaching what content must be covered and what they would want you to teach. Sometimes they will be specific and sometimes they will say something very broad and general. If you are observing throughout the semester you may be able to narrow your search. I would go to: htt...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:44 PM

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Elementary Science
Pre-Service Advice
Hi Sara, How exciting! Students love learning about science so you'll have lots of fun. I always think the best place to start is with the standards - what is it that you want the students to learn? I see that you're working with elementary so my suggestion would be to enhance and engage the stude...

by Jennifer Gutierrez > Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:32 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Earth Science as ICR Course
Hi Allison! It sounds like you are a gen ed or subject matter teacher with students with an IEP. Are you a special education teacher as well? Usually the IEP reflects accommodations or modifications needed for that particular student as designed by the special education teacher who has that stude...

by James Johnson > Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:11 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching Earth Science as ICR Course
Good Evening, I am teaching Earth Science to 11th graders in an in class resource setting.  Many of my students have IEP's and I'm finding that some of the ngss standards are contradicting the IEP. Anyone else have this issue?  I know ngss was written as a capstone course but in my district it has a...

by Allison Tuckman > Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:54 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Mixtures and Solutions Lesson: 5th Grade
This is a great site, Chris! The lesson are aligned to ngss and they can be adapted for upper elementary.

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:19 PM

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Elementary Science
Student Teaching - Chemistry
I'm so glad you asked this question because I teach elementary aged students and they love, love, LOVE hands-on physics and chemistry experiments. While teaching safety procedures at the beginning of the year, I usually ask them how to blow up a balloon without touching it. I saved plastic water...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:01 PM

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New Teachers
How to fit science in your schedule
NCLB? I thought that went away years ago. :-) I can't believe Science is not being taught. Yes, there still is heavy emphasis on Language Arts and Math, but there should be some time in the day to do Science or Social Studies. Especially with the ngss push and STEM careers, Science should be...

by Avory Abordonado > Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:31 PM

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Elementary Science
Writing Student Growth Objectives for Kindergarten Science
I am looking for help figuring out to write meaningful Student Growth Objectives aligned with the ngss kindergarten standards. I see each class once a week for 40 minutes, and teach more than 200 children. If they are absent for my class, I miss key assessment opportunities.  I have not yet figur...

by Marianne Cane > Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:49 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 by Peggy Ashbrook http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=mOElq0krBP8_E The Powerful Practices series http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/ Uncovering Misconceptions: Elementary ...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
I was a STEM Master Teacher for the past three years serving 4 elementary schools. I have all of the Picture Perfect Science books and use those to help guide teachers. I also use the ngss at NSTA, http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx for resources, planning, and lessons.

by Pam Dupre > Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:19 PM

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Elementary Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Here is the post! 30+ Science, STEM and ngss Teaching Resources to Use This Year. http://www.shareitscience.com/2017/08/30-science-STEM-teaching-resources.html Thanks for all of your input! Feel free to share with your colleagues.

by Sarah Benton Feitlinger > Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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STEM
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Professional Development
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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STEM
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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Chemistry
Classroom Library and Notebooks
I am an elementary science specialist. As I prepare for the upcoming school year, I am thinking of making the following changes in my lab: 1. Reorganizing the classroom library by ngss DCI 2. Using flexible three-ring binders instead of composition books as science notebooks Thoughts, id...

by Juliette Guarino > Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:56 PM

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Elementary Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Hi Sarah! Looking forward to your list! I like https://concord.org/ (which also has online ideas for ngss lessons at http://concord.org/ngss/ science and math activities), American Chemical Society's http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/ and https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemi...

by Chris Herald > Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:03 AM

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STEM
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Another great way to integrate sciences is to do activities on sand. I'm from Hawaii, so we are surrounded by sand, but there are many different components that make up the sand, some of which are living, and some not. Dissecting microscopes can be used to separate out different components. Magne...

by Cecelia Romero > Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:44 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Activities for ngss PS1-6
Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student that has volunteered at my local school district to help write the science curriculum for their K-6 teachers. In each grade, I am trying to write-in at least one investigative lab that students can do so that they have opportunities to do science before they reach hi...

by Yen Verhoeven > Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:37 AM

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Physical Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Thanks, Sarah, for posting this. I think we all continually hunt for those great sites to inspire us. I use NSTA a LOT and find all kinds of excellent ideas here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Another site is: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/ I found this site through CAST...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:01 PM

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STEM
Split 7/8 science help needed
So first, some background on me and my school.  I am in my 3rd year teaching and I have 7 and 8 together.  I work at an alternative school and our population is very transient.  Students come and go constantly and come to us with huge deficiencies.  It is not uncommon for students to say they never ...

by Lynn Mertz > Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:30 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Missing Taxonmy
I am a new biology teacher trying to plan for the upcoming school year. I find that the ngss do not cover taxonomy/classification of animals, and I was wondering how/where you are incorporating this content into your year? Maybe you are not including this at all, and if that is the case what is your...

by Alison Dickey > Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:27 PM

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Life Science
ngss and Special Education Resources
Hi all, I have the NSTA resource on ngss for All.  It does a great job of explaining why special education science teachers should be implementing the ngss into their curriculums.  I agree with what they are saying, but am struggling to find adaptable resources.  Does anyone know of any websites ...

by Carol Meeker > Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:00 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Middle School Teacher ngss Assessment Tools
Steven, I just looked at this resource from Concord Consortium. It is definitely one that all educators should keep in their tool kit. Here is a pdf included on the website which explains how to find a pathway through ngss including core ideas, crosscutting ideas and practices http://con...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:39 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment