Monday, May 4, 2015

Understanding NGSS

The Teaching Channel and Achieve have teamed up to create four really excellent videos about the Next Generation Science Standards. They can help you (1) understand the rationale behind the new standards and (2) tweak your current lessons to emphasize the central tenets of the standards.

All of the examples in the videos are related to earth and physical science, but they apply to life sciences too. Teaching life sciences can be tricky because it's hard to design experiments that allow children to directly experience life science concepts and processes. That's why Nancy Chelsey and I wrote Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Books to Teach Life Science, K-2. We are currently working on a companion title for students in grades 3-5.

Perfect Pairs combines science and language arts by creating fun, engaging lessons in which students are introduced to important life science concepts through high-quality, science-themed books. Then the students participate in innovative, minds-on activities that reinforce the content as children develop the critical skills emphasized by both CCSS and NGSS.


  1. I absolutely love all of information you share on your blog and books. I teach 5th grade and cannot wait to see the new book for Perfect Pairs for upper grades. Any ideas you can share since I am planning for next year would be greatly appreciated. When can we expect to see the new book?

  2. Thanks, Michelle,
    The book for grades 3-5 is schedule for publication in August 2016. We are writing the grade 5 lessons this summer. Let's hope we make our deadline. :-)