The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2015. Currently in Stratford, a team composed of teachers from all grade levels are working on creating curriculum, instruction, & assessments to reflect those standards.
Within NGSS, there are three dimensions of learning science, Cross-Cutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. Cross-Cutting Concepts are ideas such as patterns and cause & effect that occur across and connect all science disciplines. Science and Engineering Practices are skills, such as Developing & Using Models, Constructing Explanations, and Engaging in Argument From Evidence, that scientists and engineers use to investigate and design. Disciplinary Core Ideas are the core concepts and content across four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, and Engineering.
For more information, please see the following:
- A Toolkit for Parents and Families
- Parent Guide for Understanding New Science Standards for Grades 6-8
- Parent Guide for Understanding New Science Standards for Grades 6-8 in Spanish
Developing & Using Models: 5 Characteristics of Scientific Models
- Address a question about something in the real world.
- Include something invisible or hypothetical and rules for how those things interact.
- Must be consistent with the evidence that we have and make predictions about future observations.
Constructing Explanations: Claim Evidence Reasoning
- Claim– What do you know?
- Evidence- How do you know that?
- Reasoning– Why does your evidence support your claim?