Hello Penguin Friends,
I’ve been nose deep in the 5th Grade Next Generation Science Standards for about a month. Frankly, there’s just not enough out there to help teachers interpret or teach the new standards. I created a product that is a labor of love and will hopefully help ease teachers’ transition into NGSS.
Which states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards?
California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, DC, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Can this be used if you teach in other states?
It’s really up to your professional judgment based on the standards that you are required to teach.
What does this resource include?
There are 32 activities to help prepare students for the 5th Grade Performance Expectations. The activities combine hands-on experiences, inquiry, research, mathematical thinking, vocabulary study, and visual representation to address the standards.
What topics does this resource help us teach?
Matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
Conservation of Matter
Properties of Matter
New substance formed by mixing two or more substances
Energy in animals’ food
Plants get energy from air and water
Movement of matter among a system of plants, decomposers, animals, and the environment
Apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to relative distances from Earth
Changes in shadows, day and night, and seasonal appearance of stars
Interaction among the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere
Distribution of water on Earth
How communities use science to protect Earth’s environment
Does this include all the engineering and inquiry activities I need for the year?
No, it doesn’t. Part of NGSS is generating questions and testing them. A prescribed program for inquiry and engineering doesn’t necessarily fit with the intent of the standards. However, ideas for the performance expectations are included.
How long did it take to make this?
I’m glad I didn’t count the hours, but I would estimate anywhere between 80 and 100 due to the research required.
Are examples included?
There are recommendations for use and sample photos of my notebook for all activities.
What is required?
Computer access for students or a computer hooked up to a projector will be very helpful. Basic lab supplies that I would find in my science closet are included, as well. You can use less paper on this if you have students write their own information for some of the activities in their notebooks and just use copies to help students with an IEP or 504.
I don’t care about 5th grade. Are you doing this for other grades?
Well, after experiencing how long it took for 5th grade, I don’t know how many I can do for other grades. I’ve committed to making one for 4th grade and think I may be done for a while after that. I expect to have 4th grade ready for Back to School.
Update: NGSS Notebooks are now available for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades! Find them in my TpT Store.
I need it! Where can I get it?
This resource is in my TpT Store, The Science Penguin.