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This chapter provides a context for translating standards into something understandable, manageable, and usable for those with the real task of teaching science. In the first sections, the chapter progresses from a brief discussion of the disciplinary core idea used in the next three chapters (i.e., Chapters 5–7), analysis of a standard, description of an integrated instruction sequence (i.e., 5E Instructional Model), and a brief overview of the learning progression that is the basis for class- room instruction described in Chapters 5–7. The second part of the chapter summarizes insights, lessons, and recommendations learned in the process of translating the NGSS to the classroom examples described in Chapters 5–7. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface, and Index.
This chapter is very helpful in breaking down the standards and discussing how to form a lesson that encompasses the standard. This is something many teachers struggle to do, but this chapter helps teachers realize what is important to a lesson and how to effectively and efficiently form a lesson to cover the standards.
Kelsie Rodman (Springfield, OH)
The chapter offers many different ways to approach the NGSS in relation to classroom instruction. One way is the use of an integrated instructional units for example the 5E instructional model.