January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Primary Science – Integrating NGSS and the Common Core

Posted: Monday, October 19th, 2015

By Valerie Joyner

It’s hard to believe that it is already October and that you have been working with your primary (TK-2) students for several weeks now. As your new class settles into the routines and is now ready to begin to take on new challenges, it’s time to look at how you will integrate NGSS science and CaCCSS (California Common Core State Standards). To some this may seem a daunting task, but in reality there are many integration connections that already exist in both NGSS science instruction and CaCCSS.

Let’s start by looking at the Kindergarten NGSS Performance Expectation, K-ESS2-1 (Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time). Here students observe and record local weather conditions overtime and eventually begin to analyze the data they have collected. The opportunity to integrate science and math exists within the CaCCSS, K.CC (Counting and Cardinality) and K.OA (Operations and Algebraic Thinking). Kindergarten students explore numbers and operations through weather related science and that will lead them becoming proficient in math, as they count and work with numbers within the standards. This holds true for ELA (English Language Arts) as well, where kindergarteners become familiar with informational texts, listening and speaking about their science observations, and writing/recording their observations about the weather.

The first grade life science Earth – Space Science Performance Expectation, 1-LS1-2 (Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behaviors of parents and offspring that help offspring survive), shows a direct connection to CaCCSS in ELA by asking students to use informational texts to determine patterns in the behaviors of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Other ELA connections can be made as students use the NGSS Practice of Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information about parent – offspring behaviors, as they write about and discuss the patterns. Again, there are logical connections and opportunities to use science to explore and move students towards math proficiency with Operations and Algebraic Thinking, as students compare the number of behaviors and identify patterns within the science.

The second grade physical science Performance Expectation, 2-PS1-2 (Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose) again provides students with opportunities to use science as a vehicle for developing proficiency in ELA and math. As students test different materials and determine the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose, (such as comparing sponges and blocks for building castles) they collect, record, and share their observations with their peers. Students develop their writing skills as they write informative/explanatory texts, routinely write in their science notebooks, and ask clarifying questions about the science they are studying. In math, students represent and interpret data by drawing picture or bar graphs that represent the data they have collected.

These are just a few examples of opportunities for integrate NGSS science and CaCCSS with your primary students. As you look at your curriculum and collaborate with your colleagues identify additional ways to integrate science and CaCCSS. Please share your ideas with us.

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Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is CSTA’s Primary (grades K-2) Director.

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information, and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching. Register online today!

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. Learn More…

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.

NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

The early-bird registration rates for the 65th NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles is just days away (ends Feb. 3). And as the early-registration deadline approaches excitement is building for what is anticipated to be the largest gathering of science educators (both California and nationwide) – with attendance expected to reach 10,000 or more. If you have never had the pleasure of attending the NSTA National Conference, I recommend you visit their website with tips for newcomers that describe the various components of the event. A conference preview is also available for download. Learn More…

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.