Reflection: All New-Tons Of Fun Lab Stations: Day 1 - Section 2: Connecting to the Essential Question: What are you supposed to learn today?


The Next Generation Science Standards are three dimensional - a three legged stool of sorts.  They include Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. Together, they are a set of performance expectations that cannot stand without any "leg" of the stool.  The framework emphasizes that the Scientific Practices and Crosscutting Concepts are to be made EXPLICIT to the students.  They are NOT for teachers.  In other words, these are NOT included to show teachers HOW to teach the materials, they represent what students should be able to do.  These are our primary, year-long learning targets.  They are not to be taught in a vacuum or one time in one unit.  They are the learning targets that students are to be assessed on and progress in throughout the year.  
The NGSS states, "Coupling practice with content gives the learning context, whereas practices alone are activities and content alone is memorization. It is through integration that science begins to make sense and allows student to apply the material."  This unit is designed around the idea that the practices, concepts, and DCI's are intertwined.  Throughout this unit, Newton's Laws provide the context for which the Practices and Crosscutting Concepts can be performed!

  NGSS: The Three Legged Stool
  NGSS: The Three Legged Stool
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All New-Tons Of Fun Lab Stations: Day 1

Unit 8: Forces and Motion: All New-Tons of Fun!
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to frame their discussion about the application of Newton’s Laws using the Crosscutting Concepts.

Big Idea: Want to get your students excited about literacy? This lesson provides an exciting context to work on scientific reading, writing, speaking, and designing. Students complete fun labs and discussion protocols with Gaussian Guns and Mystery Crashes!

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