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2018 Summer Astronomy Institute for Teachers
Registration is Open!   The ASP's Teacher Learning Center (TLC) is conducting its annual Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the ngss! This summer, from July 30 through August 2, classroom teachers will actively engage in professional development presenting astronomy content whic...

by Cris DeWolf > Wed May 23, 2018 10:50 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Project or Problem based learning in Middle School Science
Hello...My district is moving towards PBL in all core classes and some electives. I currently teach 6th grade Middle School Science using ngss. I have been experimenting with Phenomena based inquiry which is similar to PBL but I haven't quite mastered that yet so I'm nervous about transitioning tow...

by Lisa Mitchell > Tue May 22, 2018 10:08 PM

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General Science and Teaching
What do you do when ngss gets the science wrong?
Hi Matt, Apologies for the tardy reply! 1. Can you tell me how to send to the NSTA biology listserv please? 2. ngss state that oxygen and sugars react directly with each other to produce carbon dioxide and water.  This is incorrect.  Sugars are split by glycolysis and move into the mitocho...

by Tom Robertson > Tue May 15, 2018 10:58 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
3 Dimensional Learning
Hello Nadirah- Have you explored the resources avaiable at the ngss hub yet?  http://ngss.nsta.org/   You should check it out!

by Cris DeWolf > Sun May 13, 2018 3:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Best resources for teaching science as a first year teacher
Anita, you are in the right place! Use the Explore All Resources tab and you can find pretty much anything you are interested in. Go to: http://ngss.nsta.org/ and browse those classroom resources. You just have to jump in and try out some of the lessons/experiments on family and friends to bu...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu May 03, 2018 10:11 PM

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New Teachers
Volcanoes lessons
Kate, DeWolf also gave you a great resources. You can always go to the ngss hub and search for resources. http://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=10

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:33 PM

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Earth and Space Science
What do you do when ngss gets the science wrong?
Hi, Tom.   First, I strongly suggest that you post this in the NSTA biology listserv.  You'll get a lot more (and better) responses. Second, can you please explain (a) which parts of these statements are incorrect and (b) how you would suggest they should be stated differently? Thanks, Mat...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:20 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science in Kindergarten: What Does It Look like, Sounds like?
Today actually, I taught my first science engineering lesson to 15 third graders over hurricanes/natural disasters! This was connected to ngss. However, I think that you could modify this to help kindergartners understand natural disasters as well! I have attached my lesson plan for it! The students...

by Brianna Marvin > Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:15 PM

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Early Childhood
What do you do when ngss gets the science wrong?
[color=black][size=3]Hello, [/size][/color] [color=black][size=3] [/size][/color] [color=black][size=3]I was a scientist for about 20 years, but now work for a science education company.  I was shocked to find that ngss contains quite few misconceptions and that led me here to ask what do teache...

by Tom Robertson > Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:40 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Middle School Standards for Physical Science
Hi Debbie! Thank you for providing me with such a great resource! Currently, we are in the transition phase where we are figuring out how to integrate ngss into Hawaii's curriculum. I truly appreciate your help and will be looking into your resources more closely in the next couple of days. ...

by Randall Shinn > Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:46 PM

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Physical Science
ngss Middle School Standards for Physical Science
ngss middle school syllabus has good support in PHysics Studio (http://www.mazalearn.com). It has virtual experiments on tablets/smartphones on lines of Colorado University PhET but simplified for middle school.

by Sridhar Sundaram > Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:55 AM

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Physical Science
ngss Middle School Standards for Physical Science
Hi there! Utah has been adopting/adapting new 6-8 standards and has some great resources they are developing and sharing based on ngss. Check this out- https://www.seedutah.org/

by Debbie Morgan > Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:53 AM

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Physical Science
ngss Middle School Standards for Physical Science
Good Afternoon!  We are currently transitioning to the integrated ngss for our middle school and we are looking for any examples and support for these standards. If you could help provide us with links, examples, experiments, etc. we would greatly appreciate it! MS-PS2-1 Motion and...

by Randall Shinn > Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:42 PM

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Physical Science
ngss Middle School Standards for Physical Science
Good Afternoon,  Our school is transitioning to the middle school integrated ngss model and we are struggling with understanding the following standards:  [table][tr][td] MS-PS2-1 [/td] [td]Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions[/td] [td] Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a soluti...

by Randall Shinn > Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:41 PM

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Physical Science
CO Adopts ngss...Now What?!
We just adopted the ngss in the past year. I work with a STEM team and we have been aligning our lessons with the ngss for the past 3 years. Our parish does not use textbooks for science. In fact, when it was presented to teachers this year, there was no scope and sequence or any other guidelines gi...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:43 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Bottle Ecosystems
While not incorporating both a terrestrial and marine ecosystem, this lesson plan from a listing found within NSTA resources is vetted with the EQuIP rubric for alignment with ngss - wjich may be helpful for you. http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=94

by Cris DeWolf > Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:02 PM

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Life Science
Building a Foundation for Science
Yessica, great question. I suggest you go to Explore All Resources and search that topic. You can try several variations like; introducing science to kindergarteners, how to develop hands on science for K, etc. I initially taught 4th and 5th grade and then moved to 2nd grade before becoming a STEM ...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:05 AM

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New Teachers
Including science concepts in math and reading subjects
Hi Julissa! Each month in NSTA's Science and Children, there is a column Teaching with Trade Books. The article includes suggestions using two books (K-2 and 3-5) and science lessons on the topics -- all ready to use. The lessons use the 5E Framework and include their alignment with ngss. For examp...

by Mary Bigelow > Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:42 PM

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Elementary Science
Engaging Students in the Classroom
Engagement is critical to student's developing a sustained interest in what we teach in our classrooms. With ngss, phenomena are key. Here is a resource of shared phenomena that you may find useful: https://www.georgiascienceteacher.org/phenomena

by Cris DeWolf > Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:23 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Disruptive Student Behavior
Anna, have you filled out your profile information? You should do that so people who teach in similar fields can follow you. When you share something, they might be interested in it too. You can follow other educators too. You can also send private messages if you want to specifically ask one person...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:59 AM

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New Teachers
CO Adopts ngss...Now What?!
Hey friends - it has been a while for me to be back on the forums... Colorado has recently adopted ngss and our district came into some money thru a Mill... They are piloting some new programs/curriculum.  Has anyone had experience with the following programs that could give me some feedback and you...

by Elizabeth Dalzell-Wagers > Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Does anyone use the movie Earth's Wild Ride for lessons?
Hi everyone, I'm starting to write some lessons to use with the planetarium video Earth's Wild Ride.  (It's also on YouTube)  I'm wondering if anyone has already written lessons to go with this show. I'd love to talk about the ngss connections.   Thanks Kate

by Kate Baird > Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:10 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Does anyone use the movie Earth's Wild Ride for lessons?
Hi everyone, I'm starting to write some lessons to use with the planetarium video Earth's Wild Ride.  (It's also on YouTube)  I'm wondering if anyone has already written lessons to go with this show. I'd love to talk about the ngss connections.   Thanks Kate

by Kate Baird > Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:10 AM

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Elementary Science
ngss APP AVAILABLE
Thank you for sharing! I am glad that there is an ngss application. With so much to do and remember, it is great to know that there is a convenient way to retrieve the standards anytime and anywhere! I will definitely download it!

by Irene Hernandez > Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:38 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting the Students Excited About Science
Hello, When I am creating new lessons for my SCE class, I always check Crash Course Kids youtube channel to find quick, informative, and entertaining videos that summaries the lessons topic and starts the conversation for the experiment. They provide vocabulary, interactive questions, and colorf...

by Ashley Planas > Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:58 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Texts related to ngss implementation?
Michael, we have not bought science textbooks in over 20 years in our district. We have recently adopted ngss and our state standards are almost identical to the ngss. Fortunately, I've kept up with science standards and have not had trouble adapting to the shifts. I use Picture Perfect Science Less...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Leslie, you can find a lot of STEM resources here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=311

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:50 PM

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STEM
Science in the Elementary Classroom
I understand your frustration with the emphasis on math and reading in the classrooms, but that is where it is important to become creative and write cross-curricular lesson plans. Many schools have even been moving to thematic units. So, for instance, say the overarching unit is the solar system. S...

by Katie Schlegel > Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Keeping Students Engaged
I am so excited to see that future teachers are beginning to understand the importance of keeping students engaged! As I have read the posts above me, I agree with all of the things they are saying so I will try not to repeat them. First of all, teaching science used to be that students read from a ...

by Katie Schlegel > Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:13 PM

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Elementary Science
Keeping Students Engaged
A great way to keep students involved is using phenomenon based lessons. When students observe or experience a phenomenon (no matter how big or small), they then become invested in solving the problem for themselves. This often leads to hands on explorations. The best way for me to ensure I am doing...

by Angel Peterson > Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:03 PM

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Elementary Science
Texts related to ngss implementation?
Hello, My graduate work is focusing on ngss adoption and implementation.  As a part of my work, I am doing a literature review.  I was wondering if anyone had any papers/articles/texts they would recommend that I include related to the topic.  Thank you for any help you can provide, Mike Mohamm...

by Michael Mohammad > Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:53 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Free ngss Posters from Vernier
Gary, if you still have sets of the ngss posters I would appreciate getting them for my science department. We would need 10 sets to cover our middle and high school. Much appreciated! Getting ready for changes in the fall!! Joanna McLucas Science Department Chair St. Joseph's Catholic...

by Joanna McLucas > Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
IRB approved Survey
Hello, I am currently working on my thesis and need at least 8 people to complete my survey. This is a quick and completely anonymous survey and through Google Forms. Your participation and help will be greatly appreciated. Link to survey  http://bit.ly/ngss2018

by Thomas Renitta > Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:01 PM

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Research in Science Education
IRB approved Survey
Hello, I am currently working on my thesis and need at least 8 people to complete my survey. This is a quick and completely anonymous survey and through Google Forms. Your participation and help will be greatly appreciated. Link to survey  http://bit.ly/ngss2018

by Thomas Renitta > Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:59 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Survey approved by IRB
Hello, I am currently working on my thesis and need at least 8 people to complete my survey. This is a quick and completely anonymous survey and through Google Forms. Your participation and help will be greatly appreciated. Link to survey http://bit.ly/ngss2018

by Thomas Renitta > Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:07 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Aligned Earth & Space Science
The lessons look really interesting. The amount of resources that come with the blueprints are really good. I couldn't use the whole curriculum but there are lessons I could use in my High School Earth Science Class. Thanks for sharing.

by Diane Ripollone > Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:13 AM

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Earth and Space Science
ngss-ESS webinar - April 12th 4 PM ET
FYI... [color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial]Dear Colleague,[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Arial]The ngss-ESS Working Group is pleased to announce a free webinar on Thursday, April 12 at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2...

by Cris DeWolf > Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:34 AM

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Professional Learning
ngss Sample Assessments for Grades 6-8
Thank you for your quick reply! I'm very grateful for your support and resources that you provided for my department and myself. I look forward to better understanding the ngss integrated standards and assessments!

by Randall Shinn > Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Sample Assessments for Grades 6-8
Hi Randall. Measured Progress has created formative assessments built to ngss topics and performance expectations for middle school (6-8), called STEM Gauge . Elementary (K-5) is also available. These assessments are built to the integrated ngss model. The teachers guide is designed to help you ma...

by Alice Sneary > Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:11 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ngss Sample Assessments for Grades 6-8
Our school is currently transitioning to the integrated ngss model which involves teachers from 6-8 to teach physical, life, and earth science.  With that said, I was hoping that someone would be willing to share sample assessments that will help guide me in the right direction when creating assessm...

by Randall Shinn > Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:34 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technical Writing: Scientific Readability and Academic English
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Scientific Readability and Academic English The Study In 2017 a team of neuroscientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institute analyzed 709,577 article abstracts from papers ...

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:26 AM

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STEM
Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Ruth, I never did quite answer your question about helping students recognize and evaluate the various aspects of inquiry in investigations. On e good resource is a book titled Students and Research (you can find the fourth edition on Amazon. [url=https://www.amazon.com/Students-Research-Strateg...

by Lederman Norman > Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:48 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Online course for integrating STEM into the classroom
Hi Everybody - I hope this is an OK venue for sharing this information. I have seen a lot of posts from teachers concerned about integrating STEM into the K-8 classroom, and especially accessing activities that are aligned to ngss. I thought this might help. Our university (Montana State) is offe...

by Suzi Taylor > Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:28 PM

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STEM
3rd grade Solar System
Hi Christine, [color=#444444][font="Open Sans", verdana, arial, sans-serif][size=4]I would highly recommend that you view this web seminar on ngss and space science. Rather than looking at an inventory of what is in the solar system the new standards look at the how and why of Earth’s Place in ...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:48 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science
I love Life Science. When we learn about ecosystems, I ask students to bring in clean 2 liter bottles. I get a 5 gallon bucket and scoop up some dirt, water, and plants from a ditch. (Glamorous!) We cut the bottle in half, fill each bottle about halfway full, and let everything settle. We use duct t...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:35 PM

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Life Science
Invitation to Stakeholders
ngss is different in many ways and quite innovative in the classroom. Science education looks and feels different from what many parents and even admin are used to seeing. If you have embraced the ngss fully and are excited about it – I would love to know what drew you in. Parents are having lot...

by Jessica Holman > Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:20 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Cells
Hey Larissa! I want to also reiterate what others have said about how awesome it is that you are thinking about interesting your students. That is such a big deal, connecting or making their learning personal. I teach high school Biology and we also must teach about cells. One of the things th...

by Jessica Holman > Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:13 PM

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General Science and Teaching
ngss has changed student performance - YAY!
If I must be restrained at just 2 positive things then I must say student empowerment and bringing "figuring out" back to the forefront of the classroom. I am a high school teacher and students are so used to being told what they need to know. Then they begin the old habit of consuming and regurgita...

by Jessica Holman > Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:52 PM

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General Science and Teaching
ngss has changed student performance - YAY!
What are 1 or 2 positive experiences you have seen by implementing ngss standards?

by Jason Shern > Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:40 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Preservice Teacher Advice
You can find many great resources for teaching in the NSTA learning center. Looking at how those resources align with ngss is key. I agree with Susan Farmer that finding ways to uncover your students understanding is key to going forward with your students as you develop lessons. Do a search f...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:12 AM

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New Teachers
Science Field Trips in Houston, Texas
Hi Jennifer! Have you thought about the Space Center Houston? I've been a couple of times and they have a lot of things that elementary kids would enjoy! Lots of interactive exhibits. I think they align with the Texas standards as well as ngss. I'm sure they have an educational resource perso...

by James Johnson > Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:38 AM

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Elementary Science
Preservice Teacher Advice
Kelsey, those are good resources, however, they don't always align with each state's standards. For really good lessons that have been vetted by the NSTA, try: http://ngss.nsta.org/

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:03 PM

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New Teachers
Third Grade Science
Carolyn, you check out: http://ngss.nsta.org/ and get lesson plans and resources that are vetted by NSTA. You also can do a search using the Explore All Resources tab at the top of the forum. Specify 3rd grade science and you will see so many ideas and lessons!

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:50 PM

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New Teachers
Looking for Physics Resources/Materials-Electromagnetism
I will second Rebecca’s suggested article! Teaching Electricity and Engineering With LEDs Using colorful light-emitting diodes to engage students in the study of electric circuits. http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst14_081_02_27 “Electrica...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:46 AM

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Physical Science
Science Phenomena
"Phenomenon - a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question." Teaching science phenomena in classes allow students to engage, explore, and explain the world around them. By combining the 5 E lesson plan model, implementing ph...

by Angel Peterson > Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:23 AM

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Elementary Science
Community Resource Hub for ngss Teachers
Hey science teachers!  Can you spare us 5 minutes to share your opinions about a new platform my team and I have built called Willow! It's a community website for teachers to share ngss resources. The link for the site is found here:  https://goo.gl/Lij6nZ We would love it if you can fill...

by Vanessa Ganaden > Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:18 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM in an Elementary Classroom
EiE Engineering is elementary has free lessons. https://www.eie.org/eie-curriculum/curriculum-units https://www.eie.org/eie-curriculum Just sign up to get access to free downloads, teachers' edition and student workbook. You can purchase their kits online or look at the supply kit and ask parent...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:01 AM

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STEM
TEKS 5.10(a) Organisms and environments
Hi, Eddy. I'm not sure what the topic of the lesson will be. Are you going to be teaching science in an ELA/SS class? There are many opportunities for cross curricular lessons. One place to look for inspiration is http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Another option is to use the Explore Al...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:43 PM

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Elementary Science
ngss Aligned Earth & Space Science
I just heard about the DIG Texas Blueprints on the NESTA Facebook page. Have any of you used them? What do you think? Here is a link to the site: https://serc.carleton.edu/dig_blueprints/index.html

by Cris DeWolf > Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:14 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Incorporating STEM in Science
Using literature is a great way to incorporate STEM into your lessons which then becomes a cross curriculum lesson designed intentionally. You can use tradebooks, check out what NSTA has to offer in their bookstore, especially Picture Perfect Science series. You can also find some resources at htt...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:36 PM

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New Teachers
Science Phenomena
Like many here, I thought of phenomena as something big and out of the ordinary that would be captivating and used to get the students interested. In fact, phenomena go much deeper than that. It is anything observable in our environment that can be explained and predicted by science. This is valu...

by Jay Miller > Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:44 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
Kimbela- Phenomena is something new to me as well but in my classes that I am taking in my Science methods class we are learning more about this as well. With doing just a little bit of research on my own I found that a phenomena can be something small that sparks a curiosity as well as so...

by Hayleigh Fecho > Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
When I first read this post, I honestly didn't have a lot of background knowledge about phenomena. One resource that I used to learn more about phenomena was a resource provided by the ngss website. The resource was excellent because it outlines what a phenomena is, why it is so important in the c...

by Dakota Dix > Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
Hi Kembela, When I first heard about teaching a phenomena, I assumed that I would be teaching some over the top lesson to my students. Many of my classmates have already responded to your post with a link or reference to an article that our professor gave us about teaching a science phenomena. T...

by Tera Porter > Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:04 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
Kembela- When I first heard of phenomena and the use of it in the classroom, I assumed that the phenomena being brought into the classroom had to be huge events that would stir curiosity within students. But, once going more in-depth into phenomena, I found out that phenomena that can be small cu...

by Megan Lensing > Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:12 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
Kembela- I am currently learning about phenomena in my science methods class so it is new to me as well because phenomena is something I've never really thought about before. I have found a really great blog called Teaching Elements, and one post is specifically about engaging students by using p...

by Mariah Danger > Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:47 AM

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Elementary Science
Weather & Climate lessons/unit
Hello everyone, this is my 26th year teaching-22 years in Middle school science & now in my 4th year as the K-5 science teacher.  This year I created a unit for 3rd grade for Weather & Climate.  We are not at full adoption of ngss in NYS yet; however, I've been aligning my curriculum to it for the l...

by C Walsh > Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Phenomena
Hi Kembela! I didn’t know a lot about using phenomena in lessons until my professor introduced it to us in class. The article that Brianna Marvin linked  above (“Using Phenomena in ngss-Designed Lessons and Units”) is one of the resources that helped me better understand the concept.  Two things ...

by Brianna Martin > Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:05 AM

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Elementary Science
Blended Learning
In my school, we are using the learning platform Canvas as a conduit for how some instruction will be delivered. Teachers have their classes in the virtual as well as in the physical. I am team teaching with a biology teacher and we have made it our goal to really design a blended learning ngss cla...

by Jessica Holman > Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:40 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Phenomena
Hello Kembela! I had know idea what it meant to teach students "phenomena," until my professor had given us some articles to read and I also did a little research on my own as well! I came across this handy quick and simple worksheet that breaks down what phenomena is in science, what its a big ...

by Brianna Marvin > Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:30 PM

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Elementary Science
Free Lesson ideas
Hi Lindsay, Every monthly science journal in the NSTA Learning Center contains 5 E lesson plans. If you are a member of NSTA, you have access to all 4 journals electronically. You would be especially interested in the Science & Children journal articles. Also, if you go to ngss@NSTA, you will fin...

by Carolyn Mohr > Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:43 AM

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Elementary Science
To Server- ngss Lesson Plans and Curriculum Development
Hi Valerie, Most science lessons (especially in middle and high school) use an Inquiry Lesson Plan model called the 5 E model. The ngss website (ngss@NSTA) has several resources that you may find helpful. For example, there is a section called, "Designing Units and Lessons" at: http://ngss.nsta.o...

by Carolyn Mohr > Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 AM

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General Science and Teaching
To Server- ngss Lesson Plans and Curriculum Development
I am assisting in teaching Science for Primary, Middle and Upper Grades. In helping develop Lesson Plans I have been faced with these questions and I need your help : 1. What components will need to be in the lesson plan in ordered to follow the ngss Guide line? 2. What programs/texts do you feel ...

by Valerie Hardy > Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:29 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting the Students Excited About Science
[size=4][font=Helvetica]Yes! To keep students engaged in learning and excited about science, we should present science not as facts to be memorized but as a process of exploration and discovery. I would consider “must-haves” to include the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and ...

by James Dotson > Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:50 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Will SpaceX soon be in our textbooks?
That's a great question. I don't know the answer. We don't have science textbooks in my district so I know it won't be in there. However, we are still implementing ngss and a lot is unknown in pacing and content for science. I just make sure I'm covering everything we can squeeze in as far as the bi...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:43 PM

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Earth and Space Science
New Student Teacher
Start your "My Library" collection on NSTA. You can go to the "Explore All Resources" tab and refine your search, then click add to My Library and you will have a great collection very quickly. Check out http://ngss.nsta.org/ as well to look for resources. The forums are a great place ...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:45 PM

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New Teachers
Preservice Teacher Advice
The greatest thing you can do is to start collecting resources. One way to do that is to start your "My Library" collection on NSTA. You can go to the "Explore All Resources" tab and refine your search, then click add to My Library and you will have a great collection very quickly. Check out http:...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:49 PM

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New Teachers
ngss Coach
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my NSTA post so detailed. I really appreciate it and the information is helpful. I also appreciate all the work you are putting in to help out your teachers. I think ngss is an important shift in the traditional model of teaching science and worth gett...

by Margaret O'Sullivan > Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:56 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Speed and Motion
You could start here: http://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=2

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:30 PM

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Physical Science
ngss Coach
Margaret, I have worked as an elementary STEM Master Teacher for the past three years and currently I am a lead teacher who helps teachers with curriculum and models lessons. I have worked at 5 different elementary schools in a rotation. The majority of what I learned was that many of teachers are r...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM as a "special"??
[size=3][font=Trebuchet MS]Beth and everyone,[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Trebuchet MS]You might also post this question on the STEM, earlychildhood and elementary [url=http://www.nsta.org/membership/listserver.aspx]email lists/listservs run by NSTA[/url]. You will add to the conversation and reach...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:01 AM

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STEM
Pre Service Teacher
I'm an elementary teacher and I am not sure if you teach all content strands of science or specific areas in middle school. There are so many resources here. You can choose the "Explore All Resources" button at the top and refine your search. You can go to http://ngss.nsta.org/ and search the class...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:23 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching science
I'm very intrigued by your post. It's interesting that you said you thought science was boring as a student and now, as a teacher that you love teaching science! What changed? When teachers are excited and passionate about a subject, it makes the subject exciting for the students. My tip is to try...

by Pam Dupre > Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:17 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Survey for High School Science Teachers
[color=#333333][size=4][font=Arial]Dear High School Science Teacher,[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font=Arial]My name is Anna Pierce and I am a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. I am researching the attitudes a...

by Anna Pierce > Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:26 PM

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Research in Science Education
ngss Coach
I will be a science instructional coach in the near future. I want to make sure that I am prepared to help teachers and not just give them more work to do. Could you take a moment to answer some or all of these questions so I can start preparing myself? Please add any more comments that you think ...

by Margaret O'Sullivan > Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:54 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Chem for those who do not like it
Hi! I think you have hit the reason for ngss right on the head! The phenomenon approach to learning is what drives those students in the classroom. When teachers engage their students with phenomena they have a true curiosity or interest in the interest levels in the classroom drive up. Studen...

by Jessica Holman > Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:52 AM

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Chemistry
Certification
Kim, I guess you mean they are purchasing Boxed science materials that align with ngss? I'm not aware of a specific company that sells lessons/materials that is licensed ngss. However, if you go to: http://ngss.nsta.org/ you will find resources that have been aligned with ngss and 3 dimensional lea...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:36 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Toad-ally Cool Article Review and Personal Experience
Great review, Megan. I love life science. I used to be able to teach it throughout the year because we had a school garden and we always had seeds germinating for future plantings, composting, harvesting, and then the unexpected lessons like when we had some caterpillars invade our Passion Fruit Vin...

by Pam Dupre > Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:34 PM

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Life Science
Unit-Long or Year-Long STEM Project Ideas?
Jessica, there are a lot of opportunities for long-term projects that require some initial set up with ongoing observations. A lot of it depends on what you are passionate about and able to tackle. I suggest looking at http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=94 I chose Bottle Biology becau...

by Pam Dupre > Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:22 PM

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STEM
Student Teacher
Make sure you use the ngss Hub http://ngss.nsta.org/ and find lessons that incorporate STEM. Look around the area where you live and find out issues that affect the community that your students could possibly find a solution for. In my area, we have flooding issues. A teacher I know had her middl...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:23 PM

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New Teachers
Certification
When you reference "new materials" what exactly do you mean? Have you looked at http://ngss.nsta.org/

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:03 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
New Teacher
I agree with Mary. You will learn as you go and that is the art of teaching science; trying to make concepts simple so you can build on them. I am super excited that you are nervous a little bit because that means you are excited about teaching science. Science is engaging and it is not ELA. My STEM...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:01 PM

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New Teachers
Integration
Hi Kelsey -- You didn't say what grade level you're going to be teaching, but if you're K-5, you might want to look at the Teaching with Trade Books column in NSTA's Science and Children journal. Each month, there are two lessons (K-2 and 3-5) that incorporate readings and related investigations ...

by Mary Bigelow > Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:21 PM

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New Teachers
STEM activities
Hi Sonia, Great question! Luckily, you've come to the right place! First, I would suggest trying the "Explore All Resources" tab at the top of your screen within the Learning Center. Here, you can search by topic (and narrow down with filters on the left) to find journal articles, books, SciPa...

by Megan Doty > Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:55 PM

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New Teachers
NSTA
You are so right, Jenna! When I first joined I pretty much clicked on each link just to find out what it was for. My "go to" buttons are, Explore All Resources, http://ngss.nsta.org/, and http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx. I also like reading the forums because people share some really ...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:27 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
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 par...

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 Learning
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