OVERVIEW: I first mentioned Nextgenstorylines.org on this site in the spring of 2016. At that time there was only one elementary and one high school storyline. Those storylines were also not fully developed units of instruction. Well, if you haven’t visited Nextgenstorylines.org recently, you should really check it out. There are now multiple units at each grade band with more coming soon. Each unit (storyline) features a clear storyline along with a teacher guide and supporting documents.
The storylines are excellent examples of three-dimensional units of instruction that feature anchoring phenomena and problems. There are many design features that might be useful to others who are creating science lessons and units:
- 3D learning objectives
- storylines written from the student perspective (what will students be wondering and thinking about now…)
- How to structure a unit around the evidence that students will need… rather than the activities “I like” or the content “I’m supposed to cover”.
PURPOSE: This site provides exemplars for what intentional 3-Dimensional instruction looks like, It also provides a structure and tools for teachers to design their own units. The tools are structured around the 5 Routines that the design team follows.
AUDIENCE: teachers of science, professional development providers, curriculum writers, school and district administrators, teacher educators, others
To piggyback on my last post about the impact of simple things such as NGSS Cheat Sheets– here is a simple document I created for rating the “3Dness” of assessment tasks. I often use this document with the ACESSE PD Module B on Building Assessment Tasks That Work (if you are not familiar with this PD module you should check it out).
The modification I make to the module is the following. I break the analysis of the task set into a couple of steps.
A. Participants analyze the set of assessment tasks with (blue, orange, & green) highlighters and highlight words and text features that connect with SEPs, CCCs, and DCIs.
B. Then participants use the 3D Rating Sheet to go through the tasks and score each item for evidence (or lack of evidence) for the given SEP, CCC, and DCI in the assigned PE. This really helps cue participants to parts of assessment tasks and how often the SEPs and CCCs are lacking or missing in most traditional science assessment tasks.
Click HERE to download the 3D Rating Sheet.
I still get lots of teachers and administrators at professional development (and preservice teachers) who get very excited by a good NGSS “Cheat Sheet” (who can blame them). Here are some of my favorite NGSS Cheat Sheets that might be a nice addition to your upcoming workshop (PS- I tend to spread these around even at workshops that are not introductory. They provide a nice reminder for folks and create a touchstone for continued digging into the 3 Dimensions.)
- NGSS Cheat Sheet full color version: I posted this 2-sided half sheet over 3 years ago on this site. This version was developed by the Regional Science Coordinators at the Washington Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD). This sheet provides an overview of the 3 Dimensions with acronyms & abbreviations- all on a handy 2-sided bookmark style sheet. Click HERE to see the original post. Click HERE for the full color cheat sheet as a Word doc.
- NGSS Cheat Sheet reduced color version: I remixed this version in order to save us all some colored-ink but still convey the brilliant trio of NGSS colors. This is the version I tend to use in my workshops. Click HERE for the reduced color version as a Word doc.
- STEM Teaching Tools version: This sheet was released on the STEM Teaching Tools site. It is even more compact (4 on a page) and a bit more shiny. This sheet uses a lot of ink, however, and is only a PDF so not as easy to modify or customize for your own uses. Click HERE for the STEM Teaching Tools NGSS cheat sheet.
- NSTA Expanded Cheat Sheet: This prints as a full 2-sided sheet and is a great companion to any of the smaller sheets above. Provides a bit of text for each SEP, CCC and DCI. Click HERE for the expanded NGSS Cheat Sheet.
Let me know if you have other “go to” NGSS cheat sheets and I will share them out.
OVERVIEW: As many states, districts and schools move forward with implementation of the NGSS we all invariably encounter the idea of using phenomena to anchor our units of instruction. There are many great phenomena resources and I wanted to add another to the list- Project Phenomena is a Google site run through the San Diego County Office of Education where you will find a variety of searchable phenomena with information about recommended grades, NGSS PEs, and links.
PURPOSE: Project Phenomena is a worthwhile addition to ngssphenomena.com and other resources as we continue to design NGSS-based units of instruction that are driven by engaging and anchoring phenomena. Project Phenomena is nicely organized and provides clear information with each possible phenomena.
AUDIENCE: Curriculum developers, teacher teams, PD providers, etc
OVERVIEW: Carnegie Corporation of New York recently released a report titled- Instructional Materials and Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards: Demand, Supply, and Strategic Opportunities. This report outlines current challenges and opportunities as schools and districts wrestle with identifying high quality NGSS materials when options are lacking.
PURPOSE: The brief report (only 11 pages) provides the following in a clear and concise way:
- Overview of current conditions regarding NGSS instructional materials
- Examine NGSS Innovations and how they relate to instructional materials
- A brief roadmap for the future
- Outlines Big Themes to remember when implementing NGSS
As many school districts in NGSS adopted states move forward to examine instructional materials- this is a solid resource for guiding our planning and awareness of the current state of NGSS materials.
AUDIENCE: District curriculum leaders; publishing companies; informal science providers; teacher leaders; administrators; preservice science teacher educators
OVERVIEW: Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute recently developed the NGSS Adoption and Implementation Workbook to support states (and districts) in thoughtfully adopting and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.
PURPOSE: The workbook provides a series of scaffolded exercises that a group can use to do everything from establishing a leadership team to articulating a vision and identifying stakeholders and developing a plan.
AUDIENCE: State and district science education leaders (while I am none of these roles- I also find this helpful as a PD provider and consultant in providing guidance for my work)
LINK: https://www.achieve.org/publications/ngss-adoption-and-implementation-workbook Download the full NGSS Adoption and Implementation Workbook as a PDF here or as a Word doc here.
OVERVIEW: The Instructional Leadership for Science Practices (ILSP) is a project to support school principals and other instructional leaders in supporting shifts in science education practices. Their site provides multiple tools for instructional leaders to use in developing their own understanding of the required shifts in practices and how to support teachers in these same shifts.
PURPOSE: The ILSP project seeks to support instructional leaders in providing ambitious supervision of science teachers that provides a focus on engaging students in the science and engineering practices. The site provides supervision tools, instructional tools, example lessons and lots more. This is a great way for building principals to find science-specific support to supplement TPEP frameworks such as Danielson and CEL 5D.
AUDIENCE: Building principals, district leaders, coaches, TOSAs, lead teachers, professional development providers