Ultimate NGSS Resource Guide

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2019

This is a running list of all the recommended and vetted (not a waste of your time or money) resources for NGSS/Framework implementation.

Please let us know if you have a resource you think should be added to our list. 

 Online NGSS Resources

(Glossary of NGSS terms)

An Educator's Guide to NGSS provides an open-source platform of resources for science educators in their quest to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Start by reading resources, practicing implementing NGSS little by little, and reflecting on classroom application, while earning points toward the four Educator's Guide badges. Earn all four badges and you'll become a Science Sage, ready to tackle NGSS in your classroom.

NGSS 5 Innovations The NGSS Innovations are the five most significant ways the NGSS advance science teaching and learning, when compared to previous standards and typical instructional and curricular practice in American schools....

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Episode 023: Designing Equitable Learning Environments in NGSS Classrooms with Michelle Salgado

 

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Summary:

Meet Michelle Salgado, a doctoral student at the University of Washington, College of Education. Michelle shares with us 5 years worth of research that includes designing equitable learning environments in the NGSS classroom. Specifically, she has worked with a kindergarten teacher and shares what has been successful in their linguistically diverse kindergarten classroom.

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 Show Highlights

  • 04:00 - 08:30     Language diversity and engaging families in the science classroom
  • 09:00 - 14:30     Encouraging the use of multiple languages in the classroom
  • 15:00 - 29:00     Lessons and examples from Michelle's research
  • 29:30 - 32:00     Making time for science in the classroom
  • 32:30 -...
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Episode 022: Meet K-5 NGSS teacher and instructional coach Mary Jean Giannetti

 

 

Summary:

Mary Jean Giannetti shares with us her experiences of implementing NGSS at the K-5 grade level. She shares with us how she applies NGSS to authentic outdoor/environmental field studies for her K-5 students. The show notes contain all the helpful resources she uses.

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  • 03:30 - 08:30    How Mary Jean started taking students outside while integrating NGSS
  • 11:55 - 14:45    Teaching cross-cutting concepts with only an hour a week for science
  • 15:45 - 20:45    Developing outdoor learning experiences in your community
  • 21:00 - 23:15    Mary Jean's advice for managing groups outside the classroom
  • 24:30 - 29:00    More ideas for integrating NGSS concepts with community activities
  • 30:30 - 33:20    Resources Mary Jean suggests

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Episode 021: Productive Uncertainty in Elementary Science with Dr. Eve Manz

 

Summary:

In this episode, Dr. Eve Manz discusses supporting our students to engage with scientific uncertainty. She discusses ways we can structure our learning environment and questioning techniques to guide our younger students through dealing with scientific uncertainty.

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  • 02:45 - 09:30    What is scientific uncertainty and how can you engage it in your teaching?
  • 11:45 - 15:15    How to support student discourse through uncertainty and disagreement
  • 20:00 - 24:30    Being comfortable with uncertainty and seeing it from your students' perspectives
  • 26:10 - 33:10   Lessons learned from developing new science curriculum
  • 35:45 - 36:50   Assessment practices in science 

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"First and foremost, what I value is learning environments where elementary...

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Episode 020: Meet a Biomedical Engineer: Jordan Harrod

 

 Summary:

Meet Jordan Harrod, a biomedical engineer. Her work focuses on machine learning for neuroscience. In this episode we learn about her research and what it takes to become a biomedical engineer.  

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  • 05:30 - 07:30    What work can teachers do to build a foundation for students' careers in research and engineering?
  • 09:00 - 12:30    What is BrainNet?
  • 13:00 - 15:50    Applications for Jordan's research on anesthesia 
  • 15:50 - 22:30    Biases in artificial intelligence + medical research
  • 26:45 - 30:00    Resources Jordan suggests for science teachers

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"I think definitely for research and engineering generally the best thing that anyone can do is focus on experience and experimental learning." [5:41-5:52]  ...

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Episode 019: Engineering Design with Cary Sneider

 

 Summary:

Although engineering has been mentioned in prior standards, it was never very prominent, and only rarely implemented as a part of science.  Learn why engineering has been embraced to the extent it has in the Framework and NGSS and how to implement engineering design in your NGSS classroom from a member of the NGSS writing team, Cary Sneider.

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  • 07:00 - 08:35    Why is engineering such a focus in NGSS?
  • 10:45 - 20:30    How to integrate engineering into lesson-planning
  • 20:45 - 23:00    How do science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fit together?
  • 29:00 - 35:00    Using a design matrix to make decisions
  • 42:00 - 47:35    Engineering curriculum resources

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"At the earliest ages, what [engineering] really means is that...

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Episode 018: Student-Driven Differentiation with Lisa Westman

 

 

 

 Summary:

Meet Lisa Westman, author of Student-Driven Differentiation. In this episode, she shares her perspectives on differentiation, including educators' misconceptions about differentiation and practical tools for discussing differentiation with students. She gives us advice on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed by differentiation and talks more about standards-based grading.

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  • 03:55 - 05:15    What is differentiation and student-driven differentiation?
  • 06:40 - 08:50    Advice for teachers feeling overwhelmed by differentiation
  • 13:15 - 14:00    Differentiating the process rather than the content
  • 14:30 - 20:40    Discussing differentiation with a student and differentiating feedback
  • 22:30 - 24:30    Your differentiation toolkit
  • ...
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Episode 017: Ambitious Science Teaching with Dr. Melissa Braaten

 

 

 Summary:

Looking for practical and powerful tools for teaching science? A framework that ensures instruction is rigorous and equitable for students from all backgrounds? Then you must add the book, Ambitious Science Teaching, to your resource library. Co-author Dr. Melissa Braaten joins our show today and discusses modelling tools and productive talk moves to use in your K-12 science classrooms.

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 Show Highlights (with time stamps)

  • 05:45 - 07:25   Revisable models for scientific explanation 
  • 10:30 - 13:15   Practical tips for revising models in the classroom
  • 15:00 - 20:00   Teaching science with slides (a Kindergarten example)
  • 21:00 - 22:30   Acting out models: "Energy Theater"
  • 23:00 - 26:25   The "Gotta Have It Checklist"
  • 31:15 - 35:55   "Back Pocket Questions"
  • 39:45 - 41:15   Modeling...
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016_NGSS Resources and Strategies that Work with Wanda Faye Bryant

 

  Summary:

Meet Wanda Faye Bryant, a 7th grade NGSS science teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District. Wanda shares with us what resources and strategies she uses to successfully implement NGSS in her classroom. She describes the lessons she’s learned through four years of experience in implementing NGSS in her classroom and details various methods and exercises which have been useful in engaging students through NGSS.

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Show Notes:

In this episode we discuss...

  • Introduction of Guest Wanda Bryant,  science teacher and veteran of NGSS implementation
  • Discussion of the various NGSS training programs Bryant has experienced
  • How did Bryant approach beginning NGSS teaching?
  • The driving question board within the 3D teaching approach.
  • How to respond to student questions concerning different investigations
  • Discussion of the...
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Episode 015_Creating 3D Assessments with Brendan Finch

 

   Summary:

Struggling with creating NGSS 3D assessments? Meet Brendan Finch of Inner Orbit. In this episode he tells us his strategy for creating summative and formative 3D assessments and shares his most useful resources. He also tells us about Inner Orbit, an online program that helps teachers easily build and assign NGSS assessments.

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Show Notes:

  • Innerorbit is a website for teachers to build NGSS three-dimensional assessments, select questions, and assign them to their classes.
  • RocketLit is a product that customizes lessons to each student’s reading level.
  • Brendan starts his process with phenomena that aren’t easily explained, using sources like: NGSS phenomena and San Diego Country Office of Education - Project Phenomena.
  • It is great to reuse phenomena and ask new questions about it.
  • Pick one phenomena for your...
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