Episode 058: Building K-5 NGSS Units with Phaedra Taft


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Phaedra Taft shares with us how her team of teachers developed NGSS K-5 units. She discussed how they successfully use concept walls and concept posters with the early elementary students. Listen here for tips, and resources as Phaedra shares her team’s NGSS journey.

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Show Highlights

  • 01:30 - 02:30    Introduction to Phaedra
  • 02:30 - 07:15    How Phaedra works with teachers to build elementary NGSS units
  • 07:15 - 10:45    Keeping the flow of the unit when there isn't time for science every day
  • 10:45 - 20:00    Concept walls for K-3 and examples
  • 20:00 - 26:00    Concept posters vs concept walls
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Episode 027: Emerging Multilingual Students and the NGSS Classroom with Enrique Suarez


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Enrique Suarez was trained as an astrophysicist and did cosmology research for five years before choosing a career in K-5 science education. In this episode, he discusses his research about designing learning environments that create opportunities for elementary-aged emerging multilingual students to leverage their conceptual resources and translanguaging practices when making sense of the natural world. He gives examples using a NGSS physics lesson in a 3rd grade classroom.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 07:15   Introduction to Enrique's research on language learning and science learning
  • 08:15 - 22 :30   An extended example of a 3rd grade NGSS physics lesson with emerging multilingual students
  • 22:30 - 26:00 ...
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Episode 022: Meet K-5 NGSS teacher and instructional coach Mary Jean Giannetti




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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 Show Highlights

  • 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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