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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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations for Upper Elementary

NGSS NGSS Newbies Planning and Carrying Out Investigations Science and Engineering Practices Upper Elementary

One major shift in an NGSS aligned classroom is that students no longer do confirmation style labs.  During confirmation style labs, the teacher has already taught students what they need to know and then students perform a lab to confirm what they have already learned.  Instead, students are required to begin planning their own investigations …

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Five Ways to Help Your Students Create Better Models

Developing and Using Models NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices

Now that we have had a preliminary discussion about models (click here to review the post!) in an NGSS aligned classroom it’s time to discuss helping your students create better models.  Here are my top 5 ways to help your students create better models in your classroom. 1. Ask students to focus on the seen and …

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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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