NGSS Core Ideas: Earth’s Place in the Universe
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This web seminar took place on November 5, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Julia Plummer from Penn State University. This was the fifth web seminar in a series focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about Earth science concepts that answer questions such as "What goes on in stars?" and "What patterns are caused by Earth's movements in the solar system?"


Dr. Plummer began the presentation by discussing what students should know about the disciplinary core idea of Earth's Place in the Universe. She talked about using the scientific and engineering practices to help engage students. Participants shared their ideas about applying this core idea to the classroom, and then Dr. Plummer shared strategies for effective instruction. She also discussed the importance of spatial thinking for students to begin thinking scientifically about these concepts.

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "This was one of the best NGSS Core Ideas webinars I have attended! Julia did an excellent job of discussing the science standards and connecting those to actual classroom activities and resources teachers can use."
  • "Excellent connections between the standards and classroom implementation."
  • "This presenter was excellent. I liked the way she showed the building of understanding of a concept from K-2 up to high school."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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