When Iowa adopted the Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations as our new Iowa Core Science Standards in 2015, science educators across the state were excited, and perhaps a little uncertain, of what the future held for their classrooms. Exactly what does a three-dimensional classroom look like? What does three-dimensional even mean?!
We are three years into implementation, and the wealth of NGSS-aligned materials is growing. PLAEA has assembled some helpful websites to set you on the path of creating classrooms where students are fluent in the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), and the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) -- the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. Your science consultants are happy to help you make three-dimensional learning and teaching a reality in your classroom!
- New Vision for Science Education
- Iowa Core - Science
- Iowa Core - Science Implementation Plan
- Next Generation Science Standards
- NGSS Overview for Principals
Lesson & Unit Resources
The following are links to free access resources that have been developed to support the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Quality Examples of Science Lessons and Units
- Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry
- State of New Jersey Model Science Curriculum
- First 8 Studios, Early Science Teachers Guide
- Iowa Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education
- Phenomenal Science
- K-2 ASSIST Unit Plans (Argument Based Strategies for STEM Infused Science Teaching)
- The Inquiry Project
Middle School (6-8)
(Please note that Iowa created grade-level standards rather than using the grade-span Performance Expectations of the NGSS.)
- Iowa Land & Sky Storylines
- Iowa 8th Grade Science Bundles
- SCALE NGSS Middle School Curriculum
- Interactions from Concord Consortium (primarily physical science)
- Illinois Science Teachers Storylines (biology)
- New Visions Science Curriculum
Looking for specific tasks? Try these sites...
NGSS@NSTA - To access specific NGSS-aligned resources, type the NGSS Performance Expectation/Iowa Core Science Standard code in the Search NGSS@NSTA box (located in the upper right hand side of the screen). The first link will take you to the webpage for the Performance Expectation. Included on the page are the Foundation Boxes, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Vetted Resources, and Connections to ELA and Math Common Core. When you select an NSTA Vetted Resource, you will be directed to the webpage that includes a description of the resource, current NGSS alignment AND suggestions for how to make the resource more aligned, and a link to the resource.
Finding & Using Phenomena
Using the three dimensions (SEPs, DCIs, and CCCs) to figure out phenomena is what scientists do every day in their work. When students are required to act like scientists in our classrooms, deep scientific understanding will be attained. Use the following resources to learn more about using phenomena in your classroom and to find phenomena for use in your next storyline.
- Using Phenomenon in NGSS-designed Lessons and Units
- Criteria for Evaluating Phenomenon
- Phenomenon for NGSS
- Wonders of Science – Phenomena
- Science GSE Phenomena Bank
Do you already have tasks or units that you want to check for NGSS alignment? Use these screeners and rubric…
- NGSS Lesson Screener
- Achieve Assessment Task Screener
- EQUiP Rubric for Lessons and Units
- Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for NGSS
- Instructional Materials Design (PEEC)
Rubrics for Assessing Student Work
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Not sure how to best unpack your Standards to create coherent units? Would you like support in the design and implementation of Iowa Core Science/Next Generation Science Standards lessons and units? Do you have questions about the resources shared here, or resources that weren’t shared? Please contact us. We are here to help!