Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fourth Grade
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This web seminar took place on January 21, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenters were Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew. This was the fifth 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.

The web seminar began with an introduction to NGSS, its framework for K-12 science education, and its cross-cutting concepts and core ideas by NSTA's Ted Willard. Mary and Kathy began with a look into disciplinary core ideas, using the example of energy, and how they apply to the fourth grade in terms of performance expectations and an approach to science and engineering practices. Kathy also brought a special guest with her, Tracy Lavallee, a teacher from Vermont featured in the web seminar’s videos. Using two videos taken from Tracy’s fourth grade classroom, lesson plan ideas and approaches were discussed and teachers were able to share their thoughts and approaches on the classroom activities. A number of NSTA Learning Center tools and resources were shared as well a number of website links for further investigation. The session concluded with some final words from Ted and a Q/A.

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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 loved being able to watch the classroom teacher in action! And then have her on hand to answer questions and give advice."
  • "Outstanding model of how to engage students in the NGSS three areas."
  • "I enjoyed the references to the practices with concrete examples."

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

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Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York