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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* call for students to use the practices, concepts and content of science and engineering to understand phenomena and solve problems that are relevant to their lives. Starting from a student’s own experiences and community makes the science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. In this series we examine how you can use the new science standards and your community to understand and address real world environmental problems and explore together how to integrate NGSS into your district’s classroom science units.Mapping neighborhood assets, opportunities, and problems can engage students more deeply in science and engineering. In this workshop you’ll learn how system models, looking for patterns, and observing change over time can help students investigate and map their community. Local ecosystems, water flow, and community assets are some of many possible areas for your mapping efforts. By the end of this workshop you’ll have strategies to use in mapping your community and ideas for how you can use the information gathered.
Applied Science, Environmental Science, Life Science, Physical Science
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School
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Washington OSPI OER Project on Apr 04, 10:00am

This resource is a professional development experience that offers guidance for a strategy for understanding and developing interest and identity for science learning. It seems most useful for Earth Science and Life Science if teachers are involving students in some sort of field experience. It seems most useful for a designing solutions to an environmental problem, such as stormwater, weed control, drought type scenario.




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