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Expectations, Practices, Core Ideas & Concepts

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Next Generation Science Standards

The NGSS states all students should learn the 8 basic practices for science and engineering.


  • Asking Questions & Defining Problems
  • Developing & Using Models
  • Planning & Carrying Out Investigations
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Data
  • Using Mathematics & Computational Thinking
  • Constructing Explanations & Designing Solutions
  • Engaging In Argument From Evidence
  • Obtaining, Evaluating & Communicating Information


Engaging in the practices of science helps students understand how scientific knowledge
    develops. Direct involvement gives them an appreciation of the wide range of
      approaches that are used to investigate, model, and explain the world.

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      Next Generation Crosscutting Concepts

      The NGSS states that all students should learn the 7 crosscutting concepts.


      • Patterns
      • Cause & Effect: Mechanism & Explanation
      • Scale, Proportion & Quantity
      • Systems & System Models
      • Energy & Matter
      • Structure & Function
      • Stability & Change


      Crosscutting concepts have value because they provide students with connections

      and intellectual tools that are related across the differing areas of disciplinary

      content and can enrich their application of practices and their understanding of core

      ideas.

      Disciplinary Core Ideas

      Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science

      Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science has 2 main core ideas.


      1. Problems & Solutions
      2. Interdependence and Influence

      Performance Expectations

      Amanda Wilkinson

      January 19, 2015

      EED/420

      Wendell LaTouche