Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Third Grade
This web seminar took place on December 17, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
time. The presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul,
Mary Starr and Kathy
Renfrew. This was the forth in a series of six web seminars focused 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 webseminar 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 Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education at
Penn State University, Mary Starr, Executive Director of Michigan Mathematics and
Science Centers Network, Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator for VT Agency of
Education and Kimber Hershberger, co-author of "What's Your Evidence?"
introduced an overview of the NGSS for Third Grade. The webseminar began
with explaining how to unpack the performance expectations. It continued with a
focus on scientific practices in relation to the specific standard and performance
expectations. Science talk - what it looks like and sounds like, and how to use
it in the classroom, as well as claims, evidence and reasoning strategies were discussed.
The webseminar concluded with an overview of NSTA resources on the NGSS
available to teachers by Ted, and a Q & A with Carla, Mary, Kathy and Kimber.
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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 appreciate the knowledgeable others who facilitate the workshop and the real
classroom work (teachers and students) on topics that may otherwise feel daunting."
- "Very wonderful. As a preservice teacher I learned so much. I am excited and plan
to continue exploring concepts."
- "Key ideas presented clearly and within the ideal amount of time. Opportunity to
go back to the slides and resources will help us delve into the concepts at a later
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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