An Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Andrea ferber Elementary Science Specialist, ESC west. [email protected] Objectives. Learn about the rationale for adopting the NGSS Understand how the NGSS are different from the California Science Standards
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1. Cut a slit down the middle of the index card.
2. Beginning at one end of the slit, make alternating cuts from the inside and outside on one side of the card.
3. Continue making cuts until you read the other end of the slit.
4. Mirror the cuts on the other side of the card.
Defining the problem
Optimizing the design solution
Grade 1 Earth Science
…that the weather changes from day to day but that trends in temperature or of rain (or snow) tend to be predictable during a season.
Grade 1 Investigation and Experimentation
…record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
Grade 4 Life Science
…producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
Grade 4 Investigation and Experimentation
…formulate and justify predictions based on cause-and-effect relationships
1. Asking questions and defining problems
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Developing explanations and designing solutions
7. Engaging in argument
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and changeDimension 3 – Crosscutting Concepts
Performance Expectations are statements that describe what students should be able to do at the end of instruction and incorporate one or more Scientific and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts.
Because Performance Expectations and the foundation boxes in the NGSS describe learning outcomes, they are the basis for using backward design for the development or adaptation of curriculum and instruction. Simply stated, the performance expectation can and should be the starting point of backward design.
Roger bybee, ngss writing leadership team
I found some black boxes. Each one has a round object inside. They are permanently glued and taped shut, so I can’t open them. Can you help me figure out what the inside of the these boxes look like?
Focus Question #1
What does the inside of your box look like?
Locate the chart paper for your box (A-D) and draw your team’s idea of what the inside of your black box looks like.
Collaboration & Consensus
Get together with another team that has the same black box (A-D) and come to consensus about what the inside of your black box looks like.
Choose a representative from your combined group of four to draw a revised plan of your black box.
Focus Question #2
How did working with other scientists change your original thinking about your black box?
Debriefing the Experience
Debriefing the Experience
The U.S. ranks 27th out of 29 developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science and engineering.
Source: National Research Council
Nearly 90 percent of high school graduates say they’re not interested in a career or a college major involving science, technology, engineering or math, known collectively as STEM, according to a survey of more than a million students who take the ACT test.
Source: New York Times
The number of students who want to pursue engineering or computer science jobs is actually falling, precipitously, at just the moment when the need for those workers is soaring.
Source: New York Times
Origin of the NGSS?
Source: NGSS Appendix A
* The Common Core English Language Arts uses the term “student capacities” rather than the term “practices” used in Common Core Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
“…continue to teach what you are currently teaching, but endeavor to modify how you teach it—align instruction with the guidance provided in the Framework regarding implementation of the scientific and engineering practices.”
Stephen Pruitt, Achieve Senior vice president and Lead Developer of the NGSS
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ANDREA FERBER, Elementary Science SpecialistESC WEST Email: [email protected]