NGSS Exploration and Adventures

Your school might be a lot like mine, if you don’t have a plan to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). BUT, I invite all my fellow science teachers to engage in the journey of learning more about these next generation of science standards. It’s a huge paradigm shift that those of us who have embraced inquiry science will appreciate.

I am in the process of revising my curriculum maps and started my own exploration. Here are some cool resources I found:

Bozeman Science – NGSS – I have been a huge fan of Paul Anderson’s video lessons. He has a remarkable way of explaining science concepts using graphics and everyday examples. I am ever so grateful he has shared these for free. He now has an entire section devoted to NGSS. Check out the NGSS posters and cards. I also like the matrix. Paul has some short videos that do an excellent job of introducing NGSS.  I see he is building inquiry labs and sharing them online too. This is a site to watch.

NGSS Evidence Statements- The Next Generation Science Standards site has a link to “Evidence Statements”. These statements include a framework that outlines the three dimensional components of each standard. But they also include statements that illustrate what it will “look like” for students to demonstrate this standard. These statements  address the cross-cutting nature of the goals and will help me build the content and language objectives.

Argument Driven Inquiry – I bought the Biology lessons last year and I am going to dive into an activity this year. Each lesson includes a lab or data analysis activity that incorporates argumentation and discourse.

Once Upon a Life Science and Earth Science – I have been using the Life Science Book for a few years. I really appreciate the concrete reading strategies and the concept mapping tools. These are terrific models of how to support reading in science.

Let me know if you are using a cool tool to incorporate new strategies for teaching science. I’d love to hear your ideas.

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