Is anybody else in K-6 updating science lessons to NGSS?

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  1. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Jun 23, 2015

    I've updated grades 3 and 4 last year - going to spend this summer revising.

    Working on 5th and 6th grade science curriculum this summer and into the 2015-2016 school year.

    Spent 2 days working with science teachers in K-2 (I'm the science curriculum facilitator for my school so my P asked if I could work with these teachers since they're new to science curriculum) already and will spend next school year working with them as they plan.

    Just wondering if anybody else is out there.... I would love to trade ideas and share my lessons to get feedback.

    (This summer seems a lot less stressful - while having more work to do - the NGSS don't seem so scary anymore :thumb:)
     
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    We are switching to NGSS the 2016-2017 school year. My state still tested on our state standards this year. (5th takes the science test.) We don't even know if they're testing next year.

    Do you know of any available NGSS resources? Other than the standards themselves, there seems to be kind of a void out there. My teaching partner and I aren't even sure where to start. We create our own curriculum, as well, but in all subjects since we are self-contained. NGSS is very daunting. The more I look at them, the more they confuse me... :dizzy:
     
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    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I'm going to pm you the site I created for the K-2 science teachers to help them with their curriculum - it's like a crash course on the NGSS and lesson planning sites (there's stuff for 5th grade there too). I just want my identity to be kept private ;)

    For my first year, I bought a teacher subscription (was under $100 per grade) at this site - http://subscriptions.teachtci.com/staff/sign_in . It's good ~ a lot of reading, but it includes investigations and assessments too. I pulled a lot from that site (I just wanted to figure out what concepts and vocabulary was being taught into each performance expectation - that was a HUGE help), but I spent the year learning more about the NGSS and how to read the wording of the performance expectation.

    The wording - even for grades like K - sounds like a college professor wrote it. So if you don't know what they mean by "modeling" or "an argument", it's going to be flipping hard to write a lesson that also incorporates the practices and concepts. I spent a of time sitting there and reading a performance expectation over and over again to break it apart - and I have a science education degree. :dizzy::blush:

    More and more stuff is coming out - but I think with all the craziness that Common Core had, a lot of education resources companies are holding off on creating stuff until they see how it goes. People seem to be more supportive overall of the NGSS compared to CC. The TCi site was just one of the first that started putting together curriculum and since it's all online, they've been working on it all school year too.

    I'm starting off with the 5th grade science curriculum right now. I think I have almost all of the Life Science lessons planned out (2 BIG lessons) and am starting to get into the Earth Science area (just found a great lesson online about the Earth's spheres and I'm tying in a few other ideas that I have into it).

    What I found that helped is first deconstructing the performance expectations into parts:
    1) What do they want the students to do
    2) What concepts do the students need to know
    Then I worked on coming up with a list of essential questions I wanted to tackle and then I started creating lessons based on those questions. I'm assuming if I teach the lessons/do the investigations, students will be able to do the performance expectations and I'm using some of those as assessments too.
     
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    BioAngel: Do you have this book?

    We fully-implemented NGSS last year (I think we were the only ones), and I student taught with a science specialist. This book saved my life. It breaks it down to what kids need to know.
     
  6. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I do! Thanks for the reminder - I've been focusing on books that cover the NGSS more since they based their work on that foundational text. :thumb:
     

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