Next Generation Science Standards

How do I determine how long an NGSS unit should last?

Hello all, I am currently backwards planning my lessons for next year, where I'll be teaching in a 6th grade science classroom. I'm struggling a little with the NGSS. I've always used "district-organised" standards that come with a recommended duration. I understand that in order to create a learning performance, I need to pull a learning expectation and blend it with a science and technology practice, a disciplinary core idea and a crosscutting concept. But what I'm struggling with is that there are approximately 60 learning expectations for 6th grade. I've also worked out that there are about 34 weeks of school, which means I would need to cover roughly two learning expectations per week. However, I'm finding that when I make my learning performances, I end up with more learning performances than there are learning expectations. This means I would need to cover multiple learning performances in a week. So here's the big question: How do I put a timeline on the NGSS? It's challenging to plan out units when I have no idea how much time I should spend on each topic. Any help with this would be most appreciated!! Thank you all in advance. -Michael

Michael Goddard
Michael Goddard
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Hey Michael,

 

I find that I have the same question as you had back in 2016. Are you able to point me to any resources?

John Classen
John Classen
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