Next Generation Science Standards Topics for Mission:Tigers!
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) consist of three distinct but equally important parts or dimensions: Guiding Principles, Cross Cutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs). Outstanding instruction combines all three! Often programs or administrators focus on assessing and measuring one of these dimensions, the DCIs. These are the "topics" so to speak. It is important to expose children to many science topics and the DCIs are among them. However, I've often observed that when the focus is on assessing DCIs, the other dimensions can be pushed aside and when that happens an experience around a topic can become little more than a fun activity or craft project.
You may have noticed that we lead each Go2Science lesson with one of the Cross Cutting Concepts.
We also provide opportunities each school year to address the DCIs. If you join us for all three live missions this school year we will have lessons that help you address each DCI with your students, but most are not a "one and done" situation. By the end of the school year you'll have had the opportunity to focus on many DCIs multiple times and in new and novels settings so students can build a deeper and more connected understanding of these topics than if they'd simply worked through a series of lessons focused on meeting their grade level DCIs.
We understand that for you may wish to know which DCIs will be addressed when so we've created a spiffy spreadsheet for Mission: Tigers! It lays out which lessons provide opportunities to address which DCIs. This can also be helpful in deciding which lessons you might wish to do with your students. We hope it helps!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!