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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
Misconceptions and Discrepant Events
Including discrepant events and misconception topics have become popular for science classrooms with the ngss. Although there are many benefits of having students think outside of their current conception on a topic,  I was wondering if anyone has seen any negative effects of the misconception discu...

by Shmouni Danha > Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:10 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Engaging Students in Learning
We (at OpenEd, a subsidiary of ACT), recently added alignment to Next Generation Science Standards to many high quality videos including those from parts of the US Government such as NASA and Smithsonian. (The US Dept of Ed was kind enough to mention it in their press release here .) They are a...

by Ron Drabkin > Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:08 PM

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Professional Development
Engaging Students in Learning
I am hopeful that the Next Generation Science Standards (ngss) will not only help improve science education, but has the potential to transform education for all students. For some resources on ngss, please check out the following web sites. ngss Videos http://ngss.nsta.org/ngss-video...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:56 AM

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Professional Development
Virtual Conference Discussion: The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Thanks for this K-4 resource Claire. I am a regional science curriculum specialist and will share this with elementary teachers. Do you know, are these lessons ngss aligned? I only see links in the lessons to National Standards Addressed (2009, UC Regents), so am guessing it is aligned to t...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:24 PM

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Earth and Space Science
2nd Grade
Hi Ariana, Amanda's given you a nice collection of resources for the K-2 ESS on Sunset to Sunrise.  You might want to check out the sunset to sunrise formative assessment probe included in her collection which might help with some ideas for primary aged students Sometimes with our primary a...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:27 PM

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Earth and Space Science
The Different Phases of the Moon
Nancy   Here’s a couple URLs that may be of assistance, including the specific misconception you are inquiring about below. There is rich literature about dealing with misconceptions, and many now are using the term “pre-conceptions” versus misconception, with the thinking that student...

by Al Byers > Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:53 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Hollow Tower- Kindergarten
Will the tower be freestanding? I am wondering what materials you will give to the students. Will they work in pairs/groups? What happens if the towers don't work? Will the students have an opportunity to talk about and go back and revise their tower. A resource I find helpful when thinking...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:53 AM

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Elementary Science
Engineerin units for Kindergarten
Hi Taylor, I found a book that might be used to introduce kindergarten students to engineering . It comes from the Science for All . The book is Monkey with a Toolkit and the Noisy Problem . I am also including an attachment to the teacher guide developed by Kirk Robbin. I hope this is helpfu...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:21 PM

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New Teachers
ngss UbD Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions
Hey Melinda - You might want to check with your Houghton Mifflin rep as their new ngss program, HMH Dimensions, was built from the ground up around ngss and has essential questions and discrepant phenomena as part of every lesson. :)

by Ann Pearson > Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:12 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss alignment in the high school
Hi Rania - Many small rural school districts in our region also have the traditional Biology, Chemistry and Physics offerings.  These 3 courses are often still required for college admissions too.  These districts traditionally have not offered Earth & Space Science. These small districts also ...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:54 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss UbD Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions
Hi Melinda - Good luck on your ngss implementation journey.  I do not have K-8 UbD ngss aligned Enduring Understandings or Essential Questions to share. However, I do work with teacher Professional Development workshops for school districts developing ngss Curriculum and would recommend y...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:30 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Gifted biology classes help
Some Gifted Education and Science Resources you may find helpful: - ngss for All Students (NSTA Press) - ngss Appendix D - All Standards, All Students/Case Studies (there is a gifted case study) - ngss - Accelerated Model Course Pathways - Using the ngss with Gifted & Advanced Learners (...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:15 PM

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Life Science
opportunity to do live Q&A with researcher while she's in Antarctica
Follow a Researcher TM is an innovative University of Maine 4-H program that connects youth with a graduate student while the graduate student is conducting field research in a remote location.  This fall, we travel to Antarctica with Lynn Kaluzienski to use physics and geology t...

by Laura Wilson > Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:23 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Earth Science Lessons
Hi Kendall, Wonderful that you are planning on teaching a 3rd grade lesson on earth science later on in the semester A fun and interactive lesson would be great for 3rd graders ") Could you give me a bit more information about what concepts you might be aiming for with these 3rd gra...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:05 PM

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Earth and Space Science
MakerSpaces
All, Thanks for the great resources. We have lunched a very simple makerspace; utilizing recycled and donated materials. Focusing on connecting to ngss this year. Appreciate your suggestions. Debbie

by Debbie Mabry > Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:58 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting Students to Ask Questions
Good information on ngss, Next Generation Science Standards are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. ngss were developed by states to improve science education for all students. I think these standards give local educator...

by Diana Jeff > Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:47 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
New Resources for Back To School
Thanks for sharing! This is great. One resource that is open to the public through the Connecticut Green Leaf Schools program are the suggested lessons they have! All of their lessons are connected to ngss but also common core and the CT Social Studies Framework. They can be found at: http://www.ea...

by Leticia Denoya > Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:31 PM

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Elementary Science
ngss alignment in the high school
Hello, We are in the same boat as you. We are looking at a 3 year modified curriculum with Bio. Chem, and Physics each incorporating Earth Science standards into the mix. We are in California and our state still hasn't adopted a new science framework with the ngss standards in it, so we are a bit b...

by Kendra Grinsell > Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:34 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 6 & 7
(Ken, I will accept your challenge to talk about Nebraska Vision of Science (NVOS) in 2016!) 3.    Describe a professional learning experience you found valuable.  How did it compare to the “consensus model of effective professional development” five elements (p. 118):Content focus, active learn...

by James Blake > Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:46 PM

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Professional Development
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 6 & 7
Hello All, Here are my thoughts on the questions for Chapter 6: 1) The chapter mentions how "gaps in the evidence base" exists and Conclusion 5 is based on "best available evidence" which means more action research studies need to be conducted. With a shift in the focus on science instruction...

by Brian Terry > Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:07 PM

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Professional Development
8th Grade Integrated Science Job!
If anyone single subject science teachers are out there still looking for a job please consider coming out to Santa Cruz County!   Check out this job posting . We have been implementing ngss in our district of the past 3 years and our middle schools have transitioned to the Integrated Course sequenc...

by Robert Hoffman > Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:25 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss UbD Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions
Last year Connecticut adopted the ngss.  We have been studying the Framework and Standards for over three years and our district is now in the process of writing K-8 UbD curricular units aligned with the ngss.  I was wondering if anyone in other states that have been aligned for awhile would be will...

by Melinda Meyer > Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:03 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Colleagues, Brian has posed some good questions to consider in reading our next two chapters. As a middle school teacher, the information on pg. 72 which states elementary and middle school teachers have likely had limited opportunity to engage in scientific investigations has resonated with m...

by Kenneth Huff > Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:02 AM

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Professional Development
MakerSpaces
Look for the asterisks (*) in the ngss. These are all the required engineering designs. I have co-opted the entire Maker Movement into our curriculum, but making the designs very open ended and without one specific answer. It all comes down to iteration. Even after students complete a build, the...

by Eric Cromwell > Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:45 PM

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Elementary Science
MakerSpaces
Look for the asterisks (*) in the ngss. These are all the required engineering designs. I have co-opted the entire Maker Movement into our curriculum, but making the designs very open ended and without one specific answer. It all comes down to iteration. Even after students complete a build, the...

by Eric Cromwell > Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:45 PM

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Elementary Science
MakerSpaces
I was not aligning to the ngss at the time (I'm no longer in that teaching position) it was an independent school and I had designed my curriculum with the Framework for K-12 Science Education in mind, which was a precursor to ngss. I think integration is important and makes a lot of sense. It bring...

by Sarah Benton > Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
What did you read that affirms something you already know and believe? (sadly) “local curricular guidance takes the form of long lists of detailed and disconnected facts.” (p.28) After spending 2 years immersed in ngss and then returning as the science specialist for a nonngss state, I was hit wit...

by James Blake > Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:14 PM

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Professional Development
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
[color=#575655]On pages 30-31 under Disciplinary Core Ideas it reads, " coverage has marginalized exploration and discovery; the goal is to avoid superficial coverage of multiple disconnected topics". [/color] Since some have stated there is a lack of content in the ngss, how do you interpret the...

by Brian Terry > Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:45 PM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
I'll just answer the questions 1. Sadly this affirms that we do not teach science very well in this country. Between lack of time in the classroom and useful science focused professional development, teachers do not have the tools to do their job well. Without a strong background in science, teache...

by chris herald > Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:38 PM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Patti and Lynda have both raised excellent points about the idea of practices not being synonymous with hands on activity. In thinking about this further, I was drawn to page 60 and the reference to Corcoran and Gerry which asserts there is an American tendency to teach science through activity wit...

by Kenneth Huff > Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:07 AM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Dear Colleagues, In working with Patti to facilitate this week's discussion, I offer the following for your consideration. On pages 30-31 under Disciplinary Core Ideas it reads, " coverage has marginalized exploration and discovery; the goal is to avoid superficial coverage of multiple disc...

by Kenneth Huff > Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:39 AM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Patricia, I was drawn to the same statement about science practices not being synonymous with “hands on” activities. Unfortunately some think doing activities is doing science but that is only part of it. We need to provide time for students to think through ideas and come up with explanations a...

by Lynda Sanders > Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:53 AM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Dear Colleagues, In working with Patti to facilitate this week's discussion, I offer the following for your consideration. On pages 30-31 under Disciplinary Core Ideas it reads, " coverage has marginalized exploration and discovery; the goal is to avoid superficial coverage of multiple disconnec...

by Kenneth Huff > Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:39 AM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Hello Brian, In response to your question of how individuals are preparing for the New York State version of the ngss, it is most prudent to become familiar with A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  NSTA offers a readers guide which can be a great resource and used in a PLC among colleagues. ...

by Kenneth Huff > Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:42 AM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Hi My name is Camille, and I'm sorry my first posting is in response to your message - but it was so interesting to me that you mentioned PreSchool level. I was just on our states grant approval board and there was a grant that addressed assisting PreSchool teachers in understanding how to tea...

by Camille Stegman > Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:13 PM

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Zika Virus and Infectious Diseases
This would be geared towards my 8th grade students. We are not a ngss adopted state, but our new standards are fairly similar. Specifically, it would address the difference between an infectious and non-infectious disease and relating the disease to organisms that cause them. I use a modeling style...

by Shalen Boyer > Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:10 PM

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Zika Virus and Infectious Diseases
I really like this idea as it is definitely relevant and will be meaningful for students. I loved the engineering idea as part of this work also. I'm wondering what grade level are we talking about? Are you in a #ngss adopted state? Which standard will this be meeting? I would love to flesh this ou...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:32 AM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
My name is Lynda Sanders and I teach 8th grade science and an 11th grade Earth/Space course required by all juniors at Marshfield HS in Coos Bay, Oregon. Last year was the first year for the junior course and is based on ngss. I am also part of Oregon's Content and Assessment panel. I look for...

by Lynda Sanders > Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:32 PM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Following Eric's model, I'll begin by posting my own reflections on the questions. When I think of something that affirms my own beliefs, I am drawn to the statement, "science practices are not synonymous simply with "hands-on" activities" (p. 38). As Banilower et al. (2013) found, about 60% of ...

by Patricia Paulson > Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:34 PM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Glad to finally get on board with this discussion! Currently, I am a STEM Coordinator for a district in KS. Prior to this position, I taught science/math/computer sci for over 30 years in KS and MI and was on the NMLSTA Board. I recently joined NSTA's M.L. Science Teaching Committee (was part of th...

by Diane Daniel > Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:20 PM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Hi everyone! I'm Robert Payo, Teacher Programs Coordinator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. I have worked in teacher professional development for several years. I've been meaning to read this book to help further my understanding of best practices and to keep up with current thinking, s...

by Robert Payo > Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:21 PM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
I appreciate your comments. How have you been preparing for the New York version of the ngss? We have been reviewing them to determine what we do now, and what we should be doing in the near future. The big shift will come when New York develops new state assessments for the new standards. How d...

by Brian Terry > Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:32 PM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
I apologize for my late entry into the discussion of the book, Science Teachers' Learning.  During the past two weeks, I have been traveling with students on two separate school trips (Camp Snowball, Sacramento, CA, and the Clean Tech Challenge 2016 on Fathom Cruises to the Dominican Republic).  As ...

by Brian Terry > Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:28 PM

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Science Teaching Video Exemplars
Hi Ms. Wolfe, Thank you so much for your response. I will definitely check out these resources. Looking at videos aligned to ngss will be a great start, as I am working to help coaches and teachers identify the science and engineering practices within a lesson. Thank you again for sharing.

by LaToya Pugh > Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:15 PM

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Science Teaching Video Exemplars
Hi LaToya! Great question and I can see you have some excellent resources already. If you are looking for videos organized around the Next Generation Science Standards the ngss Hub has some excellent videos! http://ngss.nsta.org/ngss-videos.aspx

by Amanda Wolfe > Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:00 PM

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Science Teaching Video Exemplars
All   The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards also has some videos of teacher practice across the grade bands and disciplines. The videos come with identified standards, linking to highlighted teacher reflections and links to instructional resources demonstrated in the videos of pra...

by Al Byers > Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:54 AM

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INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
I'm looking forward to this discussion as well; thank you Eric for facilitating it! After a long career as a science teacher, as a district science curriculum coordinator, and now as a professor of science education, I have been a part of the continuous road that focuses on the importance of do...

by Patricia Paulson > Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:40 PM

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ngss & The ACT?
Hey Henna - Since the Science and Engineering Practices and the Cross Cutting Concepts focus on getting the kids to think like scientists and solve problems like engineers, if you are implementing the ngss in your class, you will be preparing the kids for the ACT by helping them to think critically ...

by Ann Pearson > Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:52 AM

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ngss Report Card
Achieve.org has put together rubrics for evaluating curricula that might be helpful to your team - they are exceptionally thorough! :) Also, Houghton Mifflin has built a curriculum from the ground up around ngss and it does a beautiful job interweaving all three dimensions - they also have a Trace...

by Ann Pearson > Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:40 AM

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