CUSD K-5 NGSS Adoption: Elevate by Savvas (formerly Pearson K12 Learning)
We are pleased to announce that on May 7, 2020 the CUSD board adopted Elevate Science as the new NGSS curriculum for K-5th grades. Click here for a program overview.
How is NGSS Different?
Students take a more active role
- Making sense of phenomena
- Finding solutions to problems
NGSS is built around three dimensions of learning
Seven Key Conceptual Shifts
- K-12 science education should reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world.
- The next generation science standards are student performance expectations – NOT curriculum.
- The science concepts in the NGSS build coherently from K–12.
- The NGSS focus on deeper understanding of content as well as application of content.
- Science and engineering are integrated in the NGSS, from K–12.
- The NGSS are designed to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship.
- The NGSS and Common Core State Standards (English Language Arts and Mathematics) are aligned.
- California Science Test (CAST)
- SCCOE NGSS resources
- Next Generation Science Standards
- NGSS for California Public Schools, K-12
- Phenomena videos for NGSS
- Exploratorium’s Science Snacks (exploring natural phenomena)
- New Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS
- Teaching NGSS Engineering Design through Media
- Developing Assessments for NGSS
- CSTA NGSS Site
- NGSS @ NSTA
- Concord Consortium:Finding Path through NGSS
- NGSS @ NSTA Matrix of Science and Engineering Practices
- NGSS Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks
Additional Resources and Supports:
- NASA Resources: STEM Classroom Combos
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: Project-Based Science
- PG&E Energy Education Series: Water, Energy, and the Environment
- Discovery Ed/3M Science of Everyday Life: Lesson Plans
- Gardening: Agriculture in the Classroom Lessons
- Computer Science in Science Project Guts (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)
- Engineering is Everywhere: Middle School Units
- Try Engineering: Resources & Lessons
- Caine’s Arcade: Global Cardboard Challenge