NGSS: Yes!!

In creating an immersive and engaging NGSS environment for my classroom we have created a variety of resources for the Next Generation Science class without the need for a Textbook. Below you will fion examples and templates for our science units. 

IDR (Interactive Digital Reader)
Without a textbook we were driven to create our own resoources cobbled together from around the wen. This collection of NGSS aligned Units are used as our introduction to the material, but used by the students to interact with the text and material. 

The IDR is separated in units and by weeks. Each week the students use 10-15 minutes in class to interact and add to the material so they can create a living notebook for their studying needs. A common IDR week is as follows:

Monday: Skim the weeks information and highlight green any science word you know, highlight any science word you do not know red, and the main topic for each paragraph yellow.

Tues/Wed: Next close read the text and bring in pictures, videos, simulations or any other media artifact which will help you understand the text. After each addition, you must give the reason the artifact was added and how its addition helps you understand the material:

Thurs/Fri: Go over the text once again and begin to "Talk to the Text". Read the sentences and write what pops into your brain. What does the sentence make you think of? Was the sentence confusing?

Weekend: Summarize the week in 5-7 sentences.

Following Monday: Peer review the IDR of your group members fro the previous week. Use the Google Form rubric to peer review the work of each group member. If you deduct any point you must point out why and how they can ensure not to lose the point next week.

Here are the IDRs and Cornell Notes we have so far:


Nearpod
Nearpod is an interactive cloud based presentation tool which allows you to embed meaningful and engaging content into all of your lessons. Do you want to tell your kids about Egypt or TAKE them there? Do you want to hope your kids understand the material or do you want to check for understanding at anytime in multiple ways. Neapod allows you to teach in real time using the LIVE feature, or have the students investigate with on their oen with the "Student Paced" option. Both options give you real time analytics on student progress and understanding. I have embedded a lesson on planets we use in our class below:

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