Gail Wortmann, Iowa Learning Online
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because the science standards need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative they be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop lessons include all NGSS performance standards for each grade level (Kindergarten and first grade each as separate courses). Participants will work through all lessons, practicing the hands on science investigations and tying them to related books and writing assignments aligned with the Common Core.
The Science Clubhouse Workshop courses will help teachers prepare for student attainment of the Next Generation Science Standards as a part of an integrated reading/writing workshop. Teachers will experience science and engineering practices, learn about cross-cutting concepts, review big ideas in science, and identify where the standards fit into a K-12 science scope and sequence. The target audience for this course includes kindergarten and first grade teachers, science consultants/specialists, instructional coaches, technology coaches, STEM coaches, and pilot teachers.
All courses will be held at Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa) in Conference Room A from 8:00-4:00. Each participant will need to bring a laptop or tablet to access course materials. We will be spending some time outdoors, so dress appropriately.
- Kindergarten Workshop: June 13-14, 2016 (Covers standards for kindergarten only.)
Register for this Course: NGSS Science, Reading, Writing Integration for Kindergarten
- First Grade Workshop: June 15-16, 2016 (Covers standards for first grade only.)
Register for this Course: NGSS Science, Reading, Writing Integration for First Grade