Designing NGSS Aligned Lessons and Units With The 5E Model

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This is Nicole VanTassel withiExploreScience, your go-to for NGSS resources and professional development. In this workshop, we will be talking about designing NGSS-aligned instruction.

As we switch to the Next Generation Science Standards, we must consider and very likely alter our instructional strategies to better incorporate the three dimensions.  The NGSS are not simply content standards but rather an entire instructional approach.

While there are actually several instructional models that would work well with the Next Generation Science Standards, the 5E Model is the easiest and most effective way to transition your instruction to the NGSS.  It allows you to work within the confines of the typical school, district, and state requirements without sacrificing the important opportunities for exploration and sense-making that support the NGSS Performance Expectations.

While I do believe the 5E Model is the easiest to utilize in a traditional classroom, that’s not to say it is entirely easy to wrap your brain around.  There are a lot of misunderstandings out there about the 5E Model -- what it is, how it should be used, and what types of materials are compatible. For that reason, we are going to start with the basics in this workshop.  We will dive deeper into each of the stages of the 5E Model in the next workshops, specifically looking at how to develop activities that align with each stage.

This is actually the fifth module in the 12-module NGSS Your Science Class course, designed to help you transition your curriculum and instruction to the NGSS. Information about accessing the entire course through the Science Teacher Tribe can be found at my blog. That said, you can find other workshops below as well.

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