Preschool science teacher
The Early Years columnist, Science & Children
We all have an opportunity to help shape the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 by commenting on the first draft. The NGSS divides elementary school into K-2 and 3-5, making it easy to focus on early childhood. The last date to comment on this draft is June 2, just days away.
2. Also, if you think this document represents a vision you share for science education, include that in your comments. Be sure to say what you like about NGSS! Consider that individuals and groups of all sorts will be providing feedback on this work, and that your comments matter.
I found it easier to have the “How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards” page open while I read through the standards. It also helped me to remember that the standards, called performance expectations, are made of three dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. These three dimensions are listed in the “Foundation Boxes” below each performance expectation. In my first read I did not read through them but it really helped me when I read them on my second time through the K-2 NGSS.