I love using evidence statements to write my objectives for my NGSS aligned classroom. This is one of the first steps in my unit planning process.
Edit: 7/17/19- I forgot to mention that I DO NOT post these objectives because it’s very important to me that I don’t take away the discovery components from my students. If I am telling them what I want them to figure out, I am ruining the “punch line”.
Here is a brief video of how I use evidence statements for writing objectives and identifying vocabulary terms:
1. Read the entire evidence statement.
All of it. It includes Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, clarification statements, assessment boundaries and observable features of the student performance by the end of the course. You need all of that.
2. Use the evidence statement to write objectives for all three of the dimensions of NGSS.
I just do this in order from top to bottom because it helps me make sure that I don’t miss anything. I carefully read through and identify all of the things that students need to be able to do to meet this performance expectation.
For the particular evidence statement in this video, I came up with 11 objectives. This isn’t typical, and I generally only come up with 2-3 objectives. As you group performance expectations you will definitely notice some overlap, but you can take care of this later.
3. Write down vocabulary terms for each objective.
You might as well get two things done at once, right?!?! I find this is an easy way for me to start thinking about vocabulary.
4. Edit your objectives and start putting them in order.
After you have used the evidence statements to create your initial objectives, spend some time editing your objectives. This includes identifying errors. For example, in the above video above I wrote the objective “Using a balanced chemical reaction, create a diagram that shows how the total number of atoms on both sides of a reaction are the same.” It is more accurate to replace the term “chemical reaction” with “chemical equation”.
You can also go back and combine and remove objectives.
To access this unit planning organizer that was mentioned in this post, click here.
Want to learn more?
- 7 Mistakes Teachers Make When Shifting to the NGSS (Blog Post)
- How to Write 3D formative Assessments (Podcast)
- Your Questions About Bundles Answered (Blog Post)
- How I Create Cohesive Storylines (Blog Post)