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2015 Spring/Summer NGSS Short Courses
Short Course Date(s) Grade Levels Goals

PROPERTIES of MATTER

Feburary 18 2nd and 5th

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of the structure and properties of matter by observing and describing matter, observing changes and interactions, and analyzing how phenomena inform us about the particulate nature of matter
• Learn how to develop student understanding of matter in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

WAVES February 24
July 9

1st and 4th

• Understand key ideas underlying the concepts of waves and information transfer; become familiar with the connections between sound, light and waves
• Learn how to develop student understanding of waves in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

FORCES and INTERACTIONS

March 18 K and 3rd

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of forces and interactions by observing, describing, measuring and analyzing motion
Learn how to develop student understanding of forces in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

LIGHT

March 20
1st and 4th

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of how light helps us see, and the complexity of how it interacts with materials
• Learn how to develop student understanding of light in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

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ENGINEERING PROCESS and DESIGN

July 24 K-5

• Develop an understanding of the engineering process and how to develop and implement engineering tasks with elementary students to evaluate their understanding of science concepts
• Understand implications of including engineering in the science standards, and how to use engineering tasks as both formative and summative assessment

CONSTRUCTING EXPLANATIONS and ENGAGING in ARGUMENT from EVIDENCE

February 25
July 6
4-8

• Develop understanding of Practices 6 and 7, constructing explanations and engaging in argument from evidence
• Understand complexity continuum and implications for instruction
• Examine connections to informational and argumentative reading and writing as required by the CCSS for Science and Technical Subjects

EARTH SYSTEMS: processes that shape the Earth

June 15 2nd and 4th

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of processes that shape the earth by observing, measuring, identifying patterns, analyzing and interpreting data, and generating and comparing solutions to earth changes
• Learn how to develop student understanding of earth processes in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS

PLANNING and CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATIONS

 

June 22 K-2

• Develop an understanding of Practice 2, planning and carrying out investigations, to make observations and produce data to help answer a question or serve as evidence to support explanations or design solutions
• Learn how to help students develop their own investigations, collaboratively (K-2 and 3-5), and in small groups or individually (3-5)

June 30 3-5

LIFE SCIENCE: Structure, Function, and Information Processing

July 17 1st and 4th

• Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of structure and function of living things by observing and determining similarities and patterns, developing and using models, designing solutions, and constructing arguments based on evidence
• Learn how to develop student understanding of structures, functions and information processing in lessons where the Science and Engineering Practices are embedded in instruction, following the vision of the NGSS