Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—First Grade
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This web seminar took place on October 22, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew. This was the second in a series of six web seminars focused on the general architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards and the specific expectations for Kindergarten-Fifth Grade.


Ted Willard, NSTA's NGSS Director, introduced the web seminar by providing an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, including how the standards were developed, which states have adopted them and which organization, including the NSTA, have been instrumental in providing assistance in the development of the NGSS. Ted also discussed the NSTA's commitment to helping teachers and educators understand the NGSS, so that teachers can begin implementing the new standards in their instructional practices. After this brief overview, Carla Sembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education at Penn State University, Mary Starr, Executive Director at Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator, VT Agency of Education and NGSS Curator introduced the NGSS Web seminar Series for K-5 educators.


After a brief overview of this NGSS for First Grade web seminar, Mary discussed the science and engineering practices in relation to teaching first grade. The web seminar focused on the concept of sound, and how performance expectations should be incorporated into teaching. Sound was further considered as a disciplinary core idea within first grade teaching. Participants viewed a video of a teacher supporting students in developing towards the performance expectations. The science and engineering practices of explanation and argument was considered within the lesson presented. Claim, evidence, reasoning and rebuttal were discussed, and a CER framework was shared. Carla introduced the KLEWS chart and discussed its use in an elementary classroom. Kathy shared the importance of classroom discourse and science talk. The web seminar closed with the sharing of resources in relation to the NGSS and teaching K-5 grades. Ted, in closing, shared NSTA resources in relation to the NGSS.


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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:

  • "I'm learning more and more every time I hear about the construction of the NGSS."
  • "I am getting a lot out of these webinars. It has really helped me understand what the thinking is behind the NGSS, and where the emphasis on science education should be."
  • "There was a lot of valuable information that I can take back and use with in my first grade placement classroom."

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




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