Washington Science

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Solar Energy (Middle School NGSS Unit)

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This unit explores the NGSS Middle School bundle for Engineering Design (MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4) by engaging students in a Project-Based engineering task where students develop and apply their understanding of solar energy to create a solar device which can generate electricity for people who have lost power due to a natural disaster.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Pranjali Upadhyay

Conceptual Chemistry

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Conceptual Chemistry is a year-long course based on CK-12 OER instructional material and supplemented with limited commercially-available materials. The course is project-based, argument-driven inquiry. Each quarter begins with presentation of an intriguing phenomenon, followed by an essential question about the phenomenon, and a project centered on answering that essential question. Throughout the quarter, students conduct research and investigations to answer portions of the question. Each unit has a student "Task" at the end that serves as an assessment of the unit's concepts. At the end of each quarter, students assemble all of the unit tasks and synthesize a personal final project that answers the essential question in a personal context chosen by the student.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Gary Thayer, Jonathan Frostad, Michael Crebbin, Malia Turner, Mackenzie Neal, Zachary Sawhill

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OHPS Conceptual Chemistry- ADA/editable version

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Conceptual Chemistry is a year-long course based on CK-12 OER instructional material and supplemented with limited commercially-available materials. The course is project-based, argument-driven inquiry. Each quarter begins with presentation of an intriguing phenomenon, followed by an essential question about the phenomenon, and a project centered on answering that essential question. Throughout the quarter, students conduct research and investigations to answer portions of the question. Each unit has a student "Task" at the end that serves as an assessment of the unit's concepts. At the end of each quarter, students assemble all of the unit tasks and synthesize a personal final project that answers the essential question in a personal context chosen by the student.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Barbara Soots

Forces and Interactions (3rd Grade Physical Science Unit)

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In this Unit, students embark on a mission to create a campaign which promotes seat belt use for a teenage audience. In the context of this project, students explore NGSS PE’s 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-PS2-3, and 3-PS2-4 while investigating the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces acting on an object. Through a series of collect evidence to write a claim based on evidence for why seatbelts are important.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Pranjali Upadhyay

Waves and Energy (4th Grade Physical Science)

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This Unit for the 4th Grade Kit, Waves and Energy, weaves together the various FOSS investigations in the context of an authentic and engaging storyline. Through an imaginary correspondence with a 4th grader who lives in the village of Ghaghara, India, students use a series of investigations to build their skills and content knowledge in order to solve larger problems being faced by their friend, Parvathi. Students engage in project-based learning while using science and engineering practices to help solve everyday problems in the context of Parvathi’s life. Students also use online research and evidence from investigations to construct claims based on evidence which inform and drive their practice of engineering.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Pranjali Upadhyay

NGSS Video Workshop

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This learning resource will engage you and your colleagues in learning more about the importance of NGSS. You will build awareness and learn more about how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards in your own 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. Image by Gorkhs from Pixabay

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Association of Washington School Principals, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Pubic Instruction

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. Image by ejaugsburg from Pixabay

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Association of Washington School Principals, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

STEM Instructional Materials Collaborative

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This project brings together middle school science and STEM teachers from across 30 districts served by Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) in Washington state to develop a Regional Instructional Materials OER Collaborative. With the support of the ESD STEM Director, this group developed, reviewed and adapted potential OER materials using the EQuIP rubric to support bundles of performance expectations and collaborated on integrating OER into existing STEM kits that the ESD STEM Center provides regionally.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Module, Unit of Study

Author: Educational Service District 112 and Washington science teachers

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

EQuIP Science Rubric and Training Materials

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EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The objectives are two-fold: 1) Increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS or the NGSS that are available to elementary, middle, and high school teachers as soon as possible; and 2) Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Achieve, Next Generation Science Standards, NSTA