Using Student Questions in Your Storyline

Asking Questions Elementary Science High School Middle School NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

I get so many questions asking about the relationship between storylines and phenomena, but I am rarely asked about student questions.  In an ideal scenario, student questions would be at the heart of your storyline.  Check out this definition from NextGenStorylines.org . As you can see, student questions are really at the heart of building storylines.  …

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5 Tips for Making NGSS Bundles

Elementary Science High School Lesson Planning Middle School NGSS NGSS Newbies

If you read my post last week about building storylines, you know that the first step in has to be bundling your standards.  To read that post click here.  Bundling is the strategy of putting together standards that work well together.  Standards are arranged in bundles for several reasons including: Bundles help you connect related …

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Graphing Data in an NGSS Classroom

Analyzing and Interpreting Data Middle School Science and Engineering Practices

Graphing data is an essential skill in an NGSS aligned classroom.  The Next Generation Science Standards require that students use data that they have collected in order to construct their own graphs.  Constructing a graph also helps students to analyze and interpret their own data, as well as data that is presented by others. The …

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Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Biology Developing and Using Models Fifth Grade Grade Level High School Middle School Uncategorized

In January, I did the Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration activity created by the California Academy of Sciences.   For the full activity, visit their website here. I first saw this activity demonstrated at the California Science Teachers Association Conference back in October.  Students use ping bong balls to represent atoms and egg cartons to hold …

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