Teaching NGSS in K-5: Planning a Coherent Storyline

This web seminar took place on August 5, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul, (Penn State University), Mary Starr, (Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network), and Kathy Renfrew (Vermont Agency of Education).


After a brief introduction by NSTA's Ted Willard about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Zembal-Saul, Starr, and Renfrew gave context to the NGSS specifically for K-5 teachers, highlighting examples of coherent science content storylines, detailing the "Claims-Evidence-Reasoning" (CER) framework, and demonstrating how science storylines can be integrated within Common Core. The web seminar ended with the presentation of a number of recommended NSTA resources for participants to explore, and time for questions.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants’ My Profile page 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:

  • “Loved the video showing the use of CER and the storyline in action. Loved the focus on engaging students in meaningful discussions through critical thinking questions.”
  • “I am determined to get my students to learn to do Science Talk. I am no confident but every time I see one of these web seminars I feel more confident.”
  • “The resources are very useful and the presenters have great knowledge of the subject. The charts and videos are extremely informative.”
  • “I have a better understanding of the standards and tools to help me implement new strategies in my classroom.”

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