Unobservable Scales and Mechanisms in NGSS

Developing and Using Models Energy and Matter Middle School Scale, Proportion and Quantity Uncategorized

I first ran across the terms “unobservable scales” and “unobservable mechanisms” early in my NGSS journey.  I had no idea what these were. A  google search didn’t provide any answers.  Read this post to find out what the terms unobservable scales and mechanisms mean in the NGSS. Where do these terms appear in the NGSS? …

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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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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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Using PhET Simulations in Your NGSS Classroom

Developing and Using Models Google Apps NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices

I can’t recommend using PhET Simulations in your NGSS classroom enough.  PhET Simulations are a free and valuable tool that is available and easy to use with Chromebooks or other devices.  PhET simulations can be used as a type of model by students in upper elementary through high school Types of Models Developing and Using …

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