Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fifth Grade
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This web seminar took place on February 18, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr and Kathy Renfrew.


The seminar started with an introduction about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) presented by Ted Willard. After the introduction, Carla Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education at Penn State University, Mary Starr, Executive Director of Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator for VT Agency of Education, shared an overview of the NGSS for Fifth Grade level students. Strategies, such as Claims, Evidence and, Reasoning (CER) and Know, Learning, Evidence, Wondering and Science (KLEWS) were discussed. The bundling of performance expectations with a focus on scientific practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts was also presented as a strategy for pulling it all together.

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

  • "Liked hearing from teachers and PD providers; great advice for transitioning to NGSS."
  • "It was great to see the video that was so excellent at showing what students actually did and thought. It was a great window into what the lessons included.​"
  • "Very well organized, great group participation and it kept my attention!"

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




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