Friday, May 31, 2013

What are the NGSS Standards and How do I use Them?

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

However I know self contained classroom teachers don't always have time to dive into new standards especially when ELA and Math are being tested. So I created checklists for you to be able to look at and in a glance see if you are getting the standards in.

They are also great for Content Integration - you can see the topics and quickly find books and resources to use in other subjects like Math and Reading to "fit in" more!

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1p-UUF2jIcdzKVIbTCUkaeUcC291Rdtc5
As you can see above the have the standard, a space for date taught, assessed and notes. I made one for every grade K-5 and there is even a bundle for your whole building. 

HERE is the link to the bundle and from there you can choose just one grade level!

Since I teach 4th grade I also created I cans for 4th grade. So I can just flip to the standard for the week or day. Click the picture below to go to those in my TPT store.


For more info on the standards check out the website HERE


Let me know if you have any questions!
Tess






Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Research Projects how to Integrate Content into ELA

One of the kiddos favorite projects is always famous Missourians! I always end the year in Social Studies with this! We have done Wax Museum, Bottle Buddies, Paper Doll Books and this year Cut Out Posters! They researched a famous Missourian using note cards with questions provided. There are 10 note cards each with a topic on the back that they write the source and info on we collaborate with the Library for this (it is similar to my Scientist Collage project). They then created a poster leaving an oval where the face goes blank. They cut out the oval and stick their face in it :) to read their biography!

Here is a group picture after presenting!