OVERVIEW: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has developed a set of tools for planning units to address the NGSS. AMNH has created 5 tools that have been developed and tested for supporting groups of teachers in developing quality NGSS units of instruction. Each of the 5 tools is very robust and the tools are intended to be used very intentionally during multiple days of guided professional development.
The five tools do the following:
Tool One: Using the 3 Dimensions of a Performance Expectation to create a unit
Tool Two: Planning assessment and evidence of learning
Tool Three: Using the 5E model to develop a conceptual flow
Tool Four: Using the 5E model to develop learning sequences
Tool Five: Using evidence of learning specifications to develop performance tasks
Embedded below is a video overview of the 5 Tools.
The website for this project is nicely designed and user friendly. Each page of the site presents one of the 5 Tools and contains:
a video overview
a text overview
a facilitation guide
templates for participants
TARGET AUDIENCE: Professional development providers, teacher leaders, curriculum directors , curriculum developers, and other science educators
PURPOSE: Develop a deeper understanding of the NGSS and design of effective 3 dimensional learning sequences and assessments. Guide thoughtful and rigorous development of NGSS lessons, units, and assessments.