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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 > Yesterday, 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
Discrepent Events in biology
There are now some really great phenomena resources available to teachers as many states progress toward full implementation of the ngss. A few of these sites include: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/ https://sites.google.com/site/sciencephenomena/

by Steven Autieri > Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:57 PM

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Life Science
Middle School Teacher ngss Assessment Tools
Hello,  I wanted to share a link to a resource that provides assessment questions aligned to the ngss MS Performance Expectations and that integrates the use of simulations to develop conceptual understanding.  It is published by the Concord Consortium and can be located at  http://concord.org/ngss...

by Steven Autieri > Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:59 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
How Text Engineering Can Help ngss Students Write Better
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring ngss's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:27 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring ngss's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:23 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Technical Writing: Planning Programs Is Like Planning Text
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring ngss's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:21 PM

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STEM
Technical Writing: Audience Awareness for (Young) Students
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring ngss's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:18 PM

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STEM
Technical Writing: How Software Design Helps Students Revise Drafts
How Text Engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring ngss's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:16 PM

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STEM
There is not a Program for GIFTED IN ESOL (ELL) SCIENCE
Hi Lisa - It's wonderful that you recognize your "twice exceptional" students (gifted and ESOL/ELL) as gifted in science. As a gifted education grant coordinator for our regional school districts I love to see this insight from teachers and also the desire by teachers to meet their students uni...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:49 PM

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Physical Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark -  I primarily use posters to create a pleasant and relaxing classroom environment for students.   Think about how color in a space impacts you and keep that in-mind as you select materials to post. As a Biology/Life Science teacher I select posters that bring in the beauty of earth's...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:01 PM

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New Teachers
ngss Alignment and what to report out?
Hello, My district is beginning the alignment process to ngss this summer. We are currently working on revising our UbD's for course science classes K-12. One of our ultimate district mandates is to have 5-7 reportable standards on a grade report. As to this mandate I was looking for guidance as to...

by Michael Mohammad > Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
NASA Mars Survival Kit for K-12
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/edu_marssurvkit_pdf_2015_0.pdf All the lessons are aligned with the ngss. Surviving and thriving on Mars K - 5 Mars for Kids 3-5 Red Planet K-5 Imagine Mars 3-8 Make Mars Rover 6-12 Traction on Mars 6-12 Life on Mars 6-12

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:05 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Lesson plan templates
Hi Shalanda, Try this search at the ngss@NSTA Hub: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources-Results.aspx?resource=lesson+plans How about ideas/links from other users? Flavio.

by Flavio Mendez > Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:45 AM

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General Science and Teaching
MS ngss and Standards based report cards
I reside in California, and a colleague at one of our local charter schools used this (and similar) ngss rubrics to create a self-evaluation for her students. Key ngss unit standards were placed into her rubric for a particular unit.  Students would check their content understanding by applying a...

by Jon Wilson > Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:08 PM

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Lesson Plans
Hi Terilyn, Check the ngss@NSTA Resources page at the URL below for 3D learning: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Click on the link below for a collection from the Learning Center about 5E: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=Y33r73BlC74_E What...

by Flavio Mendez > Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:41 PM

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Elementary Science
Lesson plan templates
Hi Colleagues, I'm in need of lesson plan templates (preferably from ngss states) for our teachers to view and implement in their classrooms here in Tennessee. Would you please share or send links for resources? I welcome and appreciate all help!

by Shalanda Saulsberry > Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
ngss Phenomena
I really like the emphasis on phenomena in ngss, especially that they are engaging AND the phenomenon is what is to be understood and explained by the students. I have attended many excellent web seminars on using Phenomena to structure lessons. I encourage people to view the archived web seminars. ...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:53 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Physics Textbooks
Although it's called a college textbook, check out the free OpenStax book https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics#resources It's algebra (not calculus) based and starts with the basics. Besides being free for both instructor and students, there are vari...

by Iris Lee > Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
$50,000 Wish List
If you have a few $K left over, you should 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 ...

by Iris Lee > Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:41 PM

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MS ngss and Standards based report cards
That's a really good question. I live in Louisiana and we are just starting integrating the ngss Standards this fall. You might want to look at the ngss Rubric that is correlated with the lessons and units and see if that would work for you. https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/equip-rubric-l...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:01 PM

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A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Yes Don and everyone considering using this video Don's  observation: Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefrui...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:16 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Astrobiology as a Capstone Course
I am wondering if anyone uses astrobiology as a Capstone Course in High School. I have been working with people at NASA Astrobiology Institute  to develop learning progressions in astrobiology that start with the Seven Big Questions in Astrobiology that form the Astrobiology Strategy  and the Ast...

by Donald Boonstra > Tue May 30, 2017 4:52 PM

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General Science and Teaching
MS ngss and Standards based report cards
Hi, I am a middle school science teacher at an International School in London that has adopted ngss and is moving towards standards based report cards. Has anyone got any advise on what categories are best to use on the report card to fit in with ngss? Julia jstuart@acs-schools.com

by Julia Stuart > Mon May 29, 2017 3:11 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
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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