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These resources are driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular these activities allow students to practice various Science & Engineering Practices, such as “Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).” Considering these resources are available for a K-5 audience, we’ve only included the standards for grades 3-5. These activities are great for at-home learning and engaging students with their surroundings. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Shannon Brennan
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Climate Justice League
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These resources are able to be used for a Climate Justice League focused on environmental justice. These resources highlight POC Environmental Leaders and the impact climate change has on certain communities. Use these tools to recreate a Climate Justice League or to discuss these issues with students. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shannon Brennan
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Climate Science Learning
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ClimeTime is a state-led network for climate science learning that helps teachers and their students understand climate science issues affecting Washington communities.

OSPI manages the network and the grant funding flows through all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington ($3 million) and seven community-based organizations (CBOs) ($1 million) which are launching programs for science teacher training linking Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science. In addition to teacher professional development, the project supports the 16 grantees to develop instructional materials, design related assessment tasks and evaluation strategies, and facilitate student events.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
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ClimeTime: Climate Science Learning
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Climate Science Video Workshop
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This learning resource will engage you and your colleagues in learning more about the importance of learning and teaching climate science as part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You will hear from multiple stakeholders about the importance and impact of learning about climate science, as well as engage with learning tools and reflection questions to deepen your learning and position you to take action in your setting. We envision this professional learning taking place in an ongoing community of practice. We encourage you to determine and proceed at your own pace that reflects the needs of your team.

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Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Association of Washington School Principals
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date Added:
09/03/2019
Clime Time ESD 123 Earth Systems and Changes
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Earth Systems and Changes from Educational Service District 123, provides professional learning resources for K-5 teachers around elementary Earth Science and Climate Science related standards content.

It also provides learning to assist in the development of classroom tasks: Claims, Evidence Reasoning, and Models and Explanations, that can be used formatively to elicit student ideas and to support changes in student thinking over time.

License: License: Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY)
Except where otherwise noted, this template by Educational Service District 123 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All logos and trademarks are property of their respective owners. Content within template is the copyright of the creator.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Education
Elementary Education
Life Science
Geology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Barbara Soots
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
08/07/2019
ClimeTime Professional Learning Session: How to Support Home-Based Science Learning During School Closures
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With students and educators under shelter-at-home orders, states and districts are faced with difficult decisions about how to support students’ science learning while they are home. Home environments support different aspects of student learning than school-based environments. Designing home-based learning experiences to intentionally take advantage of the unique assets of being at home can be supportive of students’ social, emotional, and mental health; provide a meaningful and complementary science learning experience; and allow students to explore real-world and personally relevant science in ways that are difficult to accomplish in school. Field-based examples of home and neighborhood investigations of ecological systems will be shared.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Carrie Tzou
Leah Bricker
Megan Bang
Philip Bell
Date Added:
04/28/2020
Coastal Hazards STEM Seminar Presentation
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This STEM Seminar covers the topic of coastal hazards and how they relate to climate change. The goals of this training are to develop an understanding of coastal hazards relating to climate change, demonstrate NGSS, and prepare teachers to conduct this work in their own classroom. This presentation is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular this training allows participants to practice various Science & Engineering Practices, such as "Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)." 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Shannon Brennan
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Early Learning Climate Science (Pre K-K) Canvas Commons
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In the 2018-2019 school year, Northwest Educational Service District 189 brought together a design team of six Pre Kindergarten - Kindergarten educators through a ClimeTime grant to find play-based, and engaging ways to teach climate science to early learners. This course shares out the findings of the team, including some work around designing for equity and 3-Dimensional Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) alignment. You will engage in activities to use with students including a puddle walk, soil permeability tests, and lesson examples. Phenomenon based lessons will be shared as well as a list of resources and recommended books compiled by our design team.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Module
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Jodi Crimmins
NWESD 189
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects - TEMPLATE
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Template developed by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) ClimeTime grantees.This format is designed to be an example of how to develop a coherent lesson or suite of lessons that integrate other content areas such as English Language Arts, Mathematics and other subjects into science learning for students.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Kimberley Astle
Georgia Boatman
Ellen Ebert
Date Added:
07/21/2020
Energy Matters STEM Seminar
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This is a template of a STEM Seminar training focused on energy production & consumption and the relationship to climate change. This training typically takes place over the course of two days. This resource is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular the activities allow participants to practice various Science & Engineering Practices, such as "Analyzing and interpreting data." These resources also include a two-day agenda and a set of questions regarding the data. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Shannon Brennan
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
06/30/2020
First Grade Elementary Science and Integrates Subjects-Sky Explorers
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The First Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, Sky Explorers uses observation of the sun and moon in the sky as a phenomena for exploring patterns of objects in the sky.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Measurement and Data
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
05/20/2021
High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry Course
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The High School Integrated Conceptual Science Program (ICSP) is a NGSS-aligned curriculum that utilizes the conceptual progressions model for bundling of the NGSS, High School Conceptual Model Course 1 and strategies from Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) to focus on teaching practices needed to engage students in science discourse and learning. Course 1 is the High School Integrated Physics and Chemsitry Course.   The goal of these units is to encourage students to continue in STEM by providing engaging and aligned curriculum. The focus of this year long course is on the first year of high school (freshman).  While the course is designed to be taught as a collection of the units, each unit could be taught as a separate unit in a science course.  A video about the new course shared its unique approach to learning and teaching. Wenatchee School District, one of the participating districts, wanted a way to share the program with the community. https://youtu.be/9AGk19YUi2oCourse 1 of the ICSP development was funded by Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) which is funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate and housed with Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium at the University of Washington.

Subject:
Physical Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lesson
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Carissa Haug
MECHELLE LALANNE
Date Added:
06/01/2020
Kindergarten - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Tackling Trash
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Elementary Education
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Washington OSPI OER Project
Kimberley Astle
Ellen Ebert
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
06/04/2020
Kindergarten Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects-Wild Weather
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The Kindergarten Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, Wild Weather, uses severe storms as a phenomena for exploring natural and man-made hazards and staying safe in those conditions.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Ecology
Material Type:
Module
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
05/17/2021
NGSS in Action: Community Asset Mapping with Cross-Cutting Concepts (Workshop 2 of 4)
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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.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
NGSS in Action: Engineering in your Community (Workshop 3 of 4)
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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.How does engineering relate to solving problems in your community? Learn how IslandWood is using the engineering design process to help students investigate local stormwater problems, seek stakeholder input, and develop solutions. Explore what is involved in putting student ideas into action including possible real-world constraints, practical small-scale solutions potential partners, and mini-grant options. We’ll work together to figure out a plan for the topics and students you teach.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
NGSS in Action: Science in the Schoolyard (Workshop 1 of 4)
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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 (NGSS in Action: Science and Engineering in your Schoolyard) 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.Workshop 1: Science in Action Description: "Venture outside the walls of the classroom to find local environmental phenomena that can anchor your classroom science unit. Explore with us the big picture of Next Generation Science Standards’ “three dimensional” science learning and then get hands on with the Science and Engineering Practices as you use them to build an understanding of an example phenomenon in our 'schoolyard.' You’ll leave this workshop with ideas and examples you can use in your own classroom science curriculum."

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
NGSS in Action: Urban Water Systems (Workshop 4 of 4)
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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.Would you like to learn more about how urban water systems actually work? Are you curious how water systems, the impacts of climate change, and related conservation issues can interest your students and integrate with NGSS? Join us to learn about wastewater and stormwater systems (may include tours of facilities, depending on the site) and then workshop how you might use this content in your classroom. Appropriate for all 4th-12th grade teachers.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Hydrology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Oh, Salmon!
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Through this lesson, students in 3rd-5th grade will understand how the human history of a local creek (Whatcom Creek in this example) affects the health of salmon populations. This lesson is an active way to engage students in graphing through the use of models and uses critical thinking to understand implications of human actions in the past and in the future.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Hannah Newell
Date Added:
07/31/2019