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Using Climate Change to Address the NGSS in Classroom Teaching: How TERC can Help. Tamara Shapiro Ledley TERC and CLEAN. Presentation for the Council of State Science Supervisors April 8, 2013.

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Using Climate Change to Address the NGSS in Classroom Teaching: How TERC can Help

Tamara Shapiro Ledley


Presentation for the Council of State Science Supervisors April 8, 2013

  • Why use climate change to help your students reach the bar set by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?

  • How can TERC help

How did climate change get incorporated into the Framework?

  • Initial drafts drew heavily on the 4 literacy documents – climate appears in all of them

    • Ocean, Climate, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science

    • In Earth Science – Climate is used as the ultimate example of Earth systems

  • During construction – emphasis on what was most important

    • Climate change and anthropogenic forcings on climate at top of list

  • Additional justification from large number of NRC documents expounding on importance of climate change

How did climate change get incorporated into the NGSS?

  • In writing the standards large emphasis placed on

    • Human-related content

    • Incorporating aspects of engineering

  • Climate is a great vehicle for both of these

  • Once clear that there would be an emphasis on Earth system science at the high school level

    • Climate change perfect capstone topic as it integrates everything

    • In emphasizing an Earth system science approach – no better choice than climate change

Framework and NGSS3 Integrated Dimensions

  • Science and Engineering Practices

  • Crosscutting Concepts

  • Core Disciplinary Ideas

    • Physical Sciences

    • Life Sciences

    • Earth & Space Sciences

    • Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

Science & EngineeringPractices - S&EP

  • Asking questions & defining problems

  • Developing and using models

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

  • Analyzing and interpreting data

  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts - CC

  • Patterns

  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

  • Systems and system models

  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation

  • Structure and function

  • Stability and Change

Interdisciplinarity & Transferability

  • Learning progressions described in Framework – climate is imbedded from K-12 in all domains of science – not just specific domains

  • S&EP and CC not only cut across all of the Core Disciplinary Ideas they are also relevant in many other disciplines – outside the sciences

  • The skills students gain by having their curriculum address the S&EP and CC are transferable to many other careers

American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

  • 665 signatories – find out which colleges and universities in your state have joined -

  • Preparation of your students to be successful in college – other students and faculty will be addressing this issue

  • Relevant to students regardless of their interests and eventual college and professional careers.

How Can TERC Help?

  • Earth Exploration Toolbook

  • EarthLabs

  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

  • 43 online activities that provide step-by-step instructions for

    • Accessing an online scientific dataset(s)

    • Accessing and installing an analysis tool

    • Conducting an analysis on some scientific concepts or issue with that dataset

  • Addresses NGSS Science & Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts

  • Won Science Magazine’s Science Prize for Online Resource in Education (SPORE Award) – Sept 2011

Teachers Guide: Students Portal:

  • Laboratory Modules in Earth science

    • Each module has 5-9 labs, ~3 weeks long

    • Comprises the laboratory component of a High School capstone course in Earth and Space science

    • Developing a teacher training other teachers modle for professional development on integrating in the classroom

  • Module Topics

    • Cryosphere and Climate- Hurricanes

    • Climate and the Carbon Cycle- Drought

    • Weather, Climate and the Biosphere- Corals

    • Earth System Science- Fisheries

  • Addresses NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts

National Science Digital Library’s

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network

CLEAN Portal

  • CLEAN Collection - Identifying and vetting a collection of >510 excellent teaching resources on climate and energy science – Grades 6-16

    • Learning Activities

    • Visualizations

    • Videos

    • Short Demonstrations/Experiments

  • Teaching Climate and Energy Science Pages

  • CLEAN Community

    • CLEAN Network (formerly Climate Literacy Network)

    • Educators & Resource Developers

    • Partner Networks

CLEAN Collection

  • Resources selected to address

    • Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science

    • Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education

  • Resources reviewed

    • Scientific Accuracy

    • Pedagogical Effectiveness

    • Technical Quality/Ease of Use

  • Resources aligned with

    • AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy

    • National Science Education Standards to be replaced with NGSS

    • NAAEE Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning _resources

CLEAN Teaching Climate & Energy Science Pages

  • Pages are built off of the original climate literacy and energy literacy frameworks.

  • Provide summaries of each principle, possible challenges for educators, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level

  • Points to relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN collection.

CLEAN Community

  • CLEAN Network (formerly Climate Literacy Network)

    • Includes individuals that represent a wide range of professionals and citizens who are stakeholders in improving climate and energy literacy

    • Active listserv – [email protected]

    • Weekly Teleconferences – Tuesday 1pm ET

  • Educators –

    • CLEAN Announcements listserv

    • Access to CLEAN Network

  • Resource Developers

    • Information about CLEAN Review Process

    • Collection Gap Analysis

    • Access to CLEAN Network

  • Partners –

    • Connection to CLEAN resources through CLEAN Widget, Syndication, and direct links.

    • Access to CLEAN Network

  • CLEAN Facebook Page

  • CLEAN Portal –

  • Earth Exploration Toolbook –

  • EarthLabs –

    • Teachers Guide:

    • Student Portal:

  • Contact: Tamara Ledley

    Center for Science Teaching and Learning

    TERC, 2067 Massachusetts Ave.

    Cambridge, MA 02492

    [email protected]


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