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Language Demands and Opportunities in Relation to Next Generation Science Standards for ELLs

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This paper highlights challenges and opportunities as English Language Learners engage with the Next Generation Science Standards. These new standards represent a major shift in science instruction, toward an explicit focus on scientific sense-making, language use, and scientific practices. These practices also place significance on developing explanations and argumentation from evidence as well as on language learning opportunities. The authors discuss in detail how four core science and engineering practices provide opportunities for ELLs: Developing and using models. Developing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering). Engaging in argument from evidence. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Helen Quinn, Okhee Lee, Guadalupe Valdés

Next Generation Science Standards

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Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Achieve, Collaborators, Inc, National Research Council

An Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards Webinar 1

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This video is the first installment in the GLOBE Program's webinar series on the basics of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The series focuses on how GLOBE teaching resources are aligned to the standards. Webinar 1 explains NGSS Conceptual Shifts 1 (Science Education Should Reflect the Interconnected Nature of Science as it is Practiced and Experienced in the Real World) and 2 (The Next Generation Science Standards are student performance expectations - NOT curriculum).

Material Type: Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: The GLOBE Program

Build Your Own Arduino Light Sculpture! Part 1

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Students create projects that introduce them to Arduino—a small device that can be easily programmed to control and monitor a variety of external devices like LEDs and sensors. First they learn a few simple programming structures and commands to blink LEDs. Then they are given three challenges—to modify an LED blinking rate until it cannot be seen, to replicate a heartbeat pattern and to send Morse code messages. This activity prepares students to create more involved multiple-LED patterns in the Part 2 companion activity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Brian Huang

Co-Teaching Fundamentals

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Co-Teaching FundamentalsThis 20-minute module provides foundational information about the practice of co-teaching.  If completed independently, this content can be covered in approximately 20-minutes.  If the module is facilitated using the guide, it may take up to one-hour.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Laurie Kerr