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Grade PreK – 5 Elementary Teachers

Elementary teachers are introduced to the New York State Science Learning Standards and shown how they are aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards for ELA and math. Time is given for teachers to explore the standards for their specific grade level and begin writing a lesson to be shared with others in attendance at the workshop.

BACKGROUND

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were developed by a consortium of 26 states and by the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, and Achieve, a nonprofit education organization. The purposes of the standards include combating ignorance of science, creating common standards for teaching and developing greater interest in science and technology among students. Students are expected not just to learn content but to understand the methods of scientists and engineers and to recognize key ideas that are common in all disciplines.

A NEW APPROACH

Teacher preparation will be vital in order for implementation to succeed. NGSS approaches science teaching just as scientists perform research: by actively engaging in self-directed exploration using hands-on science activities. The teacher steps back as lecturer and becomes a facilitator as he/she guides students through the stages of learning from questioning a phenomenon to studying and drawing conclusions based on personal research.

VIEW THE STANDARDS

The NYS Board of Regents reviewed the NGSS and modified them to fit New York State needs. The NYS Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) were adopted in 2017 with testing to begin in the 2020-21 school year. NYSSLS are available at SED’s Curriculum and Instruction website. These current standards are aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards and identify the science all PreK-12 students should know. The standards are in fact multidisciplinary and include connections to ELA and math Common Core Standards.

THE WORKSHOP

Introduction to the NGSS/NYSSLS and the 5E Lesson Format

The workshop begins with an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards/New York State Science Learning Standards (NGSS/NYSSLS ) and the location of helpful websites to utilize when developing curriculum. Teachers will be introduced to and guided through the construction of science lessons using the 5E instructional model. Developing questions, intricate in the 5E lesson plan, with modeling will be included if time allows. Time will be given for teachers to collaborate with colleagues to produce a lesson for this year’s use.

3-Dimensional Inclusion in the 5E Lesson Format

Alignment with the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) means more than teaching the topic. New York adopted the Next Generation Science Standards that set expectations not only for what students should know but also what they should be able to do and how they should be able to do it. These are the three dimensions emphasized in the standards. The 5E model is primarily a student-led and inquiry-based instruction model. Teachers will develop a lesson that includes the 5E segments of the teaching model. Time will be given for teachers to collaborate with colleagues to produce a lesson for this year’s use.

For more information including cost, date and customizing either workshop, contact Alison Miller by email at NextGenImmersions@gmail.com.

TESTIMONIALS

“I learned that making mistakes is just as important as not making mistakes.”

5th Grade Student
Abram Lansing Elem. School

“I loved watching today’s lessons.  Modeling the lessons was very helpful and valuable for me as a teacher…the lessons were engaging in all subject areas (math, science, ELA).”

Teacher
Greenville Elem. School

“This conference does a phenomenal job preparing students for post-high school life.  Students are learning and practicing public speaking, critical thinking skills and taking a stance on key historical issues.  Their experience is unlike any other they will have in this realm.”

Teacher
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School

“(Model United Nations) taught me more about how to formulate questions better and how to form better arguments.”

11th Grade Student
Greenville High School

“(In future writing) I will think about my story and really describe the characters I write about.”

5th Grade Student
Lake Ave. Elementary School

“Thank you Keystone for the awesome science day!”

5th Grade Student
Abram Lansing Elem. School

“I definitely felt more comfortable because I was in an environment where, if I made a mistake, it was not a big deal.  The teachers corrected my French and moved on. Through the teachers giving us mini-lessons mixed in with the activities, I was able to pick up on the grammar tricks that I had been unaware of.”

11th Grade student
Bolton Central School

“The exposure to native speakers (is most valuable).  I’m a gringa.  This gives students an idea of the mental energy needed to comprehend.  My own Spanish got some practice too.”  

Spanish Teacher
Schodack Central School

“The opportunity to speak French all day and to experience French speakers who come from la francophonic is invaluable.  Just wonderful.  This particular workshop is unique in that it introduces students to accents and cultures through la francophone in addition to France and Canada.”

French Teacher
Bolton Central School

“Some students spoke French very well and it was fun to be able to chat with them and learn interesting things about them.”

10th Grade student
Bolton Central School

“I learned that you really need to be specific with your details and that it will help you write more interesting stories.”

5th Grade Student
Forts Ferry Elem. School

I liked learning about the Underground Railroad. It was like you were there when it was happening.

7th Grade Student
Greenville

I learned a lot about history and got to work with people I didn’t know.

7th Grade Student
Voorheesville

I learned how to measure the height of things with a protractor and meter stick.

7th Grade Student
Voorheesville

We heard stories from reporters and film makers who put themselves into situations dealing with current events.

9th Grade Student
Columbia High School

It has let me identify fake news an understand stories based on who they benefit.

9th Grade Student
Columbia High School

It was a fun way to write. It was risk free so it took the stress off. As a result, kids could enjoy the writing process rather than have it feel like work.

Teacher
Greenville