Hello again Penguin Friends,
Which states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards?
California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, DC, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, 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 29 activities to help prepare students for the 4th 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?
Speed and Energy
Reflection of Light
External and Internal Plant and Animal Structures
Physical and Topographic Maps
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 about 60 hours 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 also recommend having Snap Circuits available for an activity.
I need it! Where can I get it?
This resource is in my TpT Store, The Science Penguin.