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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How to Introduce the Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts Middle School Uncategorized Upper Elementary

The Crosscutting Concepts are one of the three dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards.  They are often the last dimension that teachers try to incorporate into their lesson plans.  Here is a quick overview of the Crosscutting Concepts and some ideas of how to introduce the Crosscutting Concepts into your lesson plans. What are …

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Brain Breaks

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We started our state testing last week and oh… my… goodness. The kids are (mostly) doing a fantastic job of diligently working on problems, rereading their answers and showing what they know. But it requires a lot of brain power and by the end of it they are in desperate need of a brain break. …

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