Welcome to MS NGSS!
This website provides access to resources and curriculum that provides a differentiated and student-centered approach to teaching the middle school Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The goal of this website is to provide a space for teachers to make their learning visible and a model of implementation with a focus on equity as we transition to the NGSS. It is free to use, but PLEASE consider joining the collaborative effort to build and improve this curriculum through adding to the Padlets associated with each learning progression and commenting or posting on our blogs to add to our learning community.
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8th Grade 1.2 Mass and Force Student Investigation
7th Grade 1.2: Modeling States of Matter
1.1 Revisions complete:
7th Grade 1.1: Modeling Molecular Structure
8th Grade 1.1 Balloon Powered Race Car Engineering Design Challenge
After a small vacation and going back to work, all of the 1.1 learning progressions are ready to go. Each of these will take a few weeks and I hope to have 1.2 done for 7th and 8th very soon. Have a great start to the school year!
7/31/17 Learning Progressions (LPs) 2.0
The first two learning progressions for 6th grade have been revised and are ready to go for Year 2. You can see that the format has changed a bit, new rubrics have been added, and the tasks have been shortened. Notice also that the order in which the LPs are taught have been reversed as well. This is to get the students into microscopes and writing CERs right away at the start of the year.
These two LPs have the most significant changes than all of the others will have. They were the first two written and needed the most revisions. The other LPs will looks similar to those used last year with changes to format, rubrics and adjusting lengths of each task like shown below.
6th Grade 1.1: Microscopic Investigations
6th Grade 1.2: Cellular Functions