Discover the NGSS

Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner is an Interactive E-book* that offers a comprehensive introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards. All told, the e-book offers up to 40 hours of interactive professional learning and covers background information, each of the three dimensions in depth, and steps to move teachers toward classroom implementation.

​ The book’s first module undertakes an exploration of the three dimensions of the NGSS—the practices, the disciplinary core ideas, and the crosscutting concepts. Utilizing numerous interactive elements, learners analyze classroom videos, answer questions, and develop arguments from evidence while becoming proficient at understanding the structure and significance of the three dimensions.

In module three, learners apply the knowledge gleaned from previous segments to plan units of study and learn how to assess whether a given curriculum aligns to the NGSS.

Finally, try out the Unit Planner! Grade-specific dropdown menus guide you step-by-step through the process of organizing and developing an NGSS unit of study.

Whether a quick refresher or a deeper dive into the standards is required, Discover the NGSS provides an organizational structure and a richness of interactivity from which all learners can benefit. It is also a very handy reference!

With the Discover the NGSS enhanced e-book, users can work independently or with groups to gain a deeper understanding of the NGSS.

*Interactive E-books are highly interactive, self-directed learning experiences designed to augment understanding of science content and pedagogy. These e-books include high-resolution images, animations, videos and interactive simulations.

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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