From Systems, Inquiry, & Application to the NGSS

Connecting the Washington science standards to the Next Generation Science Standards
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

This course is designed for any teacher in Washington state who wants to learn more about the first 3 EALRs in the Washington State Science Standards and how they connect to the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will develop a deeper understanding of systems thinking, the multiple ways of doing science (inquiry) and the design process (engineering). Teachers will also gain multiple tools and resources for teaching students about these practices and crosscutting concepts.

What are the requirements?

  • none

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Systems, Inquiry, and Application in the WA Science Learning Standards
  • Participants will gain resources and tools for teaching systems, inquiry, and application (design) to students

Who is the target audience?

  • K-8 teachers of science

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Section 1: Washington Science Standards and the Framework for the Next Generation Science Standards
This lecture provides an overview of the content and expectations for this FREE online workshop. Visit Kirk's blog Science for All  for more resources and tools regarding effective science education. This workshop is funded by Washington State LASERPuget Sound Educational Service District , and the South Sound LASER Alliance.
This lecture provides an overview of the structure of the WA Science Learning Standards. Click below to download a copy of the WA Science Standards document and the 'placemat' overview of the standards.
This lecture provides an overview of the framework for the Next Generation Science Standards. Download the 1 page document below to access several articles and webinars on the NGSS>
Section 2: Systems
In this lecture you will consider the question- Is it a system? by examining several objects in your surroundings and considering whether they are systems or not. The purpose of this activity is to uncover your initial ideas about systems and to consider your personal definition of a system.
In this lecture you will compare your personal definition of a system to a variety of definitions and perspectives on systems thinking. 
This lecture provides an opportunity to consider student ideas about systems. Download the worksheet below to examine a variety of student ideas on whether a pad of sticky notes is a system. For each student, describe what they may know about systems and what questions you might ask to probe their thinking.
For this lecture, you will preview the Systems Handbook for your grade band- (Either K-5 or Secondary). Download the appropriate handbook using the link below and preview the tools and resources within. We will highlight specific resources in upcoming lectures.
In this lecture, you will analyze one of the key tools in the Systems Handbook- Questions to ask about Systems. Use this sheet to analyze a system near you and also match the questions with the systems standards at your grade level. (You will find all of the tools you need within the Systems Handbook).
In this lecture, you will examine the BSQ (Basic Systems Questions) Framework by using the framework to analyze your computer as a system. Then you will consider how you might use this framework to support systems instruction at your grade level.
This lecture describes how to use the picture boat Toy Boat to teach an anchor lesson on systems. The teacher guide for Toy Boat is available below.
This lecture provides an overview of how the systems EALR in WA state science connects with the Crosscutting Concepts in the NGSS. Download the NGSS Appendix G at the link below to learn more.
Other Systems Resources
Section 3: Inquiry
This lecture provides an overview of the inquiry section in this workshop and asks participants to uncover their ideas about "who is a scientist?"
In this lecture you will engage with a formative assessment probe called Doing Science. You will then use the video- How Science Works to find evidence for the best answer to the probe. Lastly, you will read an article about the Doing Science probe.
Doing Science
This lecture provides an overview of several resources for teaching students about field studies. Materials include: The Field Investigation Guide, A Field STEM video, Biodiversity Schoolyard Investigation, and more.
This lecture focusses on the connections between inquiry in the WA Science Standards and the practices of science and engineering in the NGSS.
Other Inquiry Resources
Section 4: Application: The Design Process
What is the design process?
The Application Handbook
Those Darn Squirrels
In this lecture you will learn about the marshmallow challenge and how to use this challenge to teach students about design.
Engineering in the NGSS
Other Application Resources
Section 5: Wrapping Up
Putting it all together

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Instructor Biography

I am a former research technician working in biotechnology and a former elementary teacher. I currently work as a consultant and professional development provider for school districts in the Puget Sound region of WA State.

I also teach science methods courses in teacher education programs and supervise student teachers. 

I share resources and ideas on my blog Science for All .

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