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Science in Action at Washington Oak
I would like to highlight our work in science and the Next Generation Science Standards in this blog post. I have been excited to see students engaging in science inquiry and discovery the first few weeks of school. I entered many classrooms and have seen students excited to learn in science. Below is a description of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. When these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concept
DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
In the experiment below, Mrs. Gallagher was having students work together to Save Fred! Fred (the gummy worm) is stuck on a boat, how he got there is not important, but Fred can't swim and the boat is capsized. To get to shore, Fred needs to retrieve a life jacket from underneath the boat so that he can float to shore. The job is to save Fred by retrieving the life jacket from under the boat and putting it on Fred. Unfortunately, the only tools you can use to accomplish this task are 4 paper clips. You cannot touch Fred, the boat, or the life preserver with your hands.
Students had to work together to develop a plan to save Fred! It was a success! All the students completed the task and Sam was safe on shore. Students learned how to develop a plan, put that plan in action, change the plan if it wasn't successful and reflect on their learning.
Why are the Next Generation Science Standards Important?
Principal at Washington Oak Elementary School