We have many opportunities for you and your students to engage in NGSS learning. Lawrence Hall of Science curricula and professional development programs support teachers to implement NGSS in concert with Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts in ways that activate young people toward learning. We also offer programs for your class and school.
For NGSS support for teachers, contact Lynn Barakos.
Lawrence Hall of Science professional learning specialists design experiences and workshops that assist teachers in planning for and implementing NGSS while engaging in Common Core implementation. We offer customized professional learning through in-class modeling, workshops at the Hall or at your school site, facilitation of professional learning communities (PLCs), and summer institutes.
Professional Learning Sessions may focus on:
- Infusing science and engineering practices into your curriculum
- Supporting students to build skills in the science and engineering practices
- Addressing Common Core ELA standards with science instruction
- Modifying your current science curriculum to better align with NGSS
- Planning, preparing, and implementing hands-on, kit-based, LHS-developed curriculum, including FOSS, GEMS, Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, SEPUP, and MARE
- Using science notebooks with specific inquiry-based science programs
- Supporting your priorities or interests
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FOSS is a comprehensive K-5 and 6-8 research-based, active-learning science curriculum. From its earliest development, FOSS has employed an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, and the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS have provided a new way for the FOSS developers to refine these ideas and support teachers in their classroom practices. The FOSS instructional design for K-8 does the following: communicates the disciplinary core ideas, guides and encourages students to engage in or exercise the science and engineering practices, and helps students comprehend the crosscutting concepts.
FOSS, Elementary Third Edition
FOSS provides carefully designed science lessons that typical elementary teachers can use to teach developmentally appropriate complex science and engineering concepts.
FOSS, Middle School Second Edition
FOSS instructional sequences support teachers in helping their students meet the performance standards, develop a deep understanding of the disciplinary core ideas, explore connections through the crosscutting concepts, and engage in the scientific and engineering practices. The nine modular courses at the middle school level are configured to different grade-level needs, based on school or district requirements.
Are you already using some FOSS first edition middle school courses in your classroom? The good news is you are already helping your students meet the vision of the NRC Framework by engaging in the scientific practices — one of the core principles embedded in the FOSS design from the debut of the program. In addition, you will find that you are supporting a number of the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and performance expectations.
FOSS, Middle School Physical Science and Life Science courses
The FOSS development team is currently trial testing the new Second Edition Physical Science and Life Science courses, which will be published during 2015-2017.
Visit these pages for more information:http://www.fossweb.com/what-is-foss
The goal of each GEMS Curriculum Sequence and MARE Ocean Sciences Sequence is to focus strategically and effectively on the core science concepts that students need to understand within a scientific discipline. Sequences provide numerous opportunities for students to build skills and abilities with the practices of science, while focusing on crosscutting concepts and developing an in-depth understanding of the “big ideas” within space, ocean, and climate sciences, as described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS. Curriculum Sequences with kits are available for grades 3-5 and 6-8.
NASA IBEX Space Science Reading Strategy Guides
The Lawrence Hall of Science, as part of NASA's IBEX Education and Public Outreach team, developed a series of reading strategy guides that use articles from the GEMS Program. Pairing successful inquiry-based science methods with explicit literacy teaching can support students when they read, write about, or discuss complex space science topics. All strategies are appropriate for use with students in grades 6-8, with correlations to the AAAS Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy as well as the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. These guides highlight the science-focused literacy strategies that the NGSS emphasize.
- Teaching Vocabulary Awareness with Observing Stars
- Teaching Scientific Comparison Writing with Pluto and Charon
- Teaching Roundtable Discussions with Seasons on Mars
- Teaching Science Vocabulary with The Shape of a Moon's Orbit
- Teaching Text Structure with Understanding the Scale of the Universe
- Teaching How Scientists Use Models with What Makes Up Most of the Solar System?
Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is an NGSS- and CCSS-aligned program for grades 2-5 that enables students to dive deeply into learning disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts while simultaneously engaging in science practices and developing literacy skills — all critical components of NGSS. Independent evaluations of the programs' use demonstrate student learning gains in both science and literacy. Flexible enough to be used during science and/or ELA time, each of the 12 units includes hands-on investigations; engaging, grade-level student books; and structured opportunities for students to learn the academic language of science as they communicate scientific ideas in talk and writing.
Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing student achievement in both science and literacy, and was designed to be accessible to English language learners. Click the ELA Chart above to learn more.
Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading units of instruction offer explicit opportunities for students to engage with the Performance Expectations (PE) in NGSS. Each PE is composed of three dimensions — science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Each unit offers multiple points of approach for various performance expectations; through a series of learning experiences that include reading, writing, talking, and doing, students experience components of the practices and cross-cutting concepts through their emerging understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.
Student books connect to the disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts in NGSS and can be used to support students in building vocabulary, improving skills in reading informational texts, and understanding science concepts. Books can be purchased through the Hall's Discovery Corner Store.
A free, downloadable strategy guide used with each of the 81 Seeds/Roots student books highlights a powerful, CCSS-ELA-aligned instructional strategy that engages students in the scientific practices. Each six-page strategy guide provides a description and overview of the strategy, plus a specific plan for teaching the strategy.
Amplify Science is a breakthrough K–8 curriculum that empowers students to make the leap from ”learning about“ to ”figuring out,“ as they apply scientific practices to solve real-world problems.
Students learn to think, read, write and argue like scientists. In each unit, they conduct investigations, create and critique models, and use evidence to construct explanations and arguments. They accomplish this by reading and analyzing complex, scientific texts, collecting data from hands-on investigations, and using digital tools to simulate and model scientific phenomena and test engineering solutions.
Amplify Science has been designed from the ground up to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Amplify Science helps teachers address the pedagogical shift from memorization to thoughtful investigation and analysis. The program also explicitly addresses a substantial portion of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math.
Amplify Science will be available for implementation beginning Fall 2016.
Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important science-related personal and community issues. SEPUP's three-year middle school sequence uses issues to integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, from laboratories and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, includes literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and aligns with much of the NGSS across the three dimensions.
SEPUP, Middle School Third Edition
SEPUP third edition, planned for release in 2015–2016, will be specifically developed to align fully with NGSS and the Common Core ELA and Mathematics standards.
Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important science-related issues of sustainability, the environment, and human health. SEPUP's Science and Global Issues two-year sequence uses these issues to integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, from laboratories and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, including literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and aligns with much of the NGSS across the three dimensions. One year of the two-year sequence, Science and Global Issues: Biology, is currently available. The second year of the program, will be available in 2015.
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Direct Service to Your Students
The Lawrence Hall of Science provides NGSS-aligned science programs directly for students. Our programs engage students in the practices that scientists and engineers use in their work, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, and arguing from evidence. We interweave the development of these skills with content knowledge to empower young people from all backgrounds to think, work, and live together in a future that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.
At your site or on a field trip to the Hall, we offer enrichment programs for your class that support science learning around NGSS, such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, and constructing explanations and designing solutions. This year our exhibit experiences connect with disciplinary core ideas in such subjects as forces and energy, engineering, and earth science, allowing students to explore crosscutting concepts of cause and effect, patterns, and systems and system models. Hall workshops highlight science or engineering practices and crosscutting concepts in the context of specific content areas, creating an engaging setting for science learning that connects to NGSS.
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Transform your elementary or middle school into an ocean-studies laboratory with MARE in-school programs. This whole-school, interdisciplinary program teaches earth, physical, and life sciences as well as language arts, music, math, and art — all in the context of marine environments. Let our staff engage your students in science experiences, while modeling many of the science practices of NGSS, including asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, constructing explanations, and arguing from evidence.
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The Lawrence Hall of Science has deep expertise to design custom programs for your school that support youth to engage in the practices of science that are core to NGSS. Our Public Science Center and our East Bay Academy for Young Scientists staff have a successful track record of working with districts, schools, and classroom teachers to design programs and activities tailored to their specific needs. We expertly weave NGSS foci into these custom-designed experiences. So if you don’t see what you are looking for in our catalogue, just ask!
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East Bay Academy for Young Scientists.
Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Services
The Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science partners with teachers, schools, and districts to support your NGSS development, implementation, assessment, evaluation, and research efforts. We offer a full spectrum of independent services to provide evidence and insights that foster high-quality, equitable, and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities within and across all types of learning environments. For more information email Ardice Hartry, Interim Director of the Research Group.