Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—First Grade
This web seminar took place on October 22, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenters were Carla Zembal-Saul,
Mary Starr and Kathy
Renfrew. This was the second in a series of six web seminars focused on 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 web seminar 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
Sembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education at Penn State University, Mary Starr,
Executive Director at Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and Kathy
Renfrew, K-5 Science Coordinator, VT Agency of Education and NGSS Curator introduced
the NGSS Web seminar Series for K-5 educators.
After a brief overview of this NGSS
for First Grade web seminar, Mary discussed the science and engineering practices
in relation to teaching first grade. The web seminar focused on the concept of sound,
and how performance expectations should be incorporated into teaching. Sound was
further considered as a disciplinary core idea within first grade teaching. Participants
viewed a video of a teacher supporting students in developing towards the performance
expectations. The science and engineering practices of explanation and argument
was considered within the lesson presented. Claim, evidence, reasoning and rebuttal
were discussed, and a CER framework was shared. Carla introduced the KLEWS chart
and discussed its use in an elementary classroom. Kathy shared the importance of
classroom discourse and science talk. The web seminar closed with the sharing of
resources in relation to the NGSS and teaching K-5 grades. Ted, in closing,
shared NSTA resources in relation to the NGSS.
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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'm learning more and more every time I hear about the construction of the NGSS."
- "I am getting a lot out of these webinars. It has really helped me understand what
the thinking is behind the NGSS, and where the emphasis on science education should
- "There was a lot of valuable information that I can take back and use with in my
first grade placement 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