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A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards
A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards

This article and the accompanying diagram provide an overview on the architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Wolves in the Wild - A High School Lesson
Wolves in the Wild - A High School Lesson

As teachers, one of our most important responsibilities is to help students develop dynamic and useful views of science. Using current issues to create learning experiences can help generate student interest in science and help students appreciate its significance in both personal and societal contexts. This article presents a lesson based on news headlines related to the controversy of the reintroduction of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. In this jigsaw-style lesson plan, students grapple with important ecological content and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives framing this debate.

Students for Sustainable Energy - A High School Lesson
Students for Sustainable Energy - A High School Lesson

At Montpelier High School (MHS) in Vermont, students are accustomed to making changes in their school and community. Over the last six years, MHS students have participated in the Annual Winooski River Cleanup Project, the construction of a solar-powered greenhouse that provides produce for the school’s cafeteria, and a thriving composting program used to fertilize the produce and plants grown inside the greenhouse. This article describes the sustainable energy projects that students designed during the spring semester of 2008. An overview of the project is followed by a description of the planning and implementation processes, examples of specific student energy projects, and a discussion of outcomes and lessons learned.

EQuIP Rubric
EQuIP Rubric

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.

Earth From Above - A High School Lesson
Earth From Above - A High School Lesson

Using free software called Google Earth, students can view Earth by hovering over features and locations they preselect or by serendipitously exploring locations that catch their fascination. This article presents a lesson in which students use Google Earth to learn basic navigation skills to effectively view images; determine distance measurements, elevations, and coordinate locations; locate and analyze images based on personal research choices; and share findings from their research with the class.

Measuring Up - A High School Lesson
Measuring Up - A High School Lesson

Students compare arm spans by measuring, graphing, and practicing important science skills. This lesson helps to incorporate mathematical standards from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and scientific practices from the new Framework for Science Education.

Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, & Whistle - An Elementary School Lesson
Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, & Whistle - An Elementary School Lesson

In this article, we describe an interdisciplinary, activity-based lesson plan implemented in a third/fourth-grade classroom. During these activities, students use musical concepts to think about, illustrate, and discuss animal behavior, and they use scientific concepts to motivate musical composition and performance.

Inquiry, Argumentation, and the Phases of the Moon - A Middle School Lesson
Inquiry, Argumentation, and the Phases of the Moon - A Middle School Lesson

An important goal of the current reform movement in science education is to promote scientific literacy in the United States, and scientific inquiry is at its heart. However, the National Science Education Standards clearly indicate that to promote inquiry, more emphasis should be placed on “science as argument and explanation” rather than on science as “explanation and argument.” They also call for scientific argumentation to play a more central role in the teaching and learning of science (NRC 1996). To that end, this article describes a multiple-day, inquiry-based lesson about the phases of the Moon that engages students in scientific research and argumentation.

A Template for Open Inquiry
A Template for Open Inquiry

This article provides an instructional approach to helping students generate open-inquiry research questions, which the authors call the open-inquiry question template. This template was created based on their experience teaching high school science and preservice university methods courses. To help teachers implement this template, they describe its use in a ninth-grade Earth and space science class, in which students learn about meteorite impacts. The lesson takes place over two, 90-minute class periods.

The Next Generation Science Standards and the Life Sciences
The Next Generation Science Standards and the Life Sciences

Using the life sciences, this article first reviews essential features of the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education that provided a foundation for the new standards. Second, the article describes the important features of life science standards for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Finally, several implications of the new standards are discussed.

The Next Generation Science Standards and a Focus on Physical Science
The Next Generation Science Standards and a Focus on Physical Science

This article focuses on the NGSS disciplinary core ideas in physical science, the development of those ideas across time, the importance of blending core ideas with scientific and engineering practices to build understanding, and the development of performance expectations.

A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards
A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards

This article and the accompanying diagram provide an overview on the architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards.

The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences
The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences

This article examines the important features of Earth and space science standards for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Exploring the New Standards
Exploring the New Standards

How to form a study group to examine the Next Generation Science Standards, second public draft.

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