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Disciplinary Core Ideas Resources


Disciplinary core ideas are fundamental ideas for understanding a given science discipline. DCIs provide tools for investigating complex ideas and solving problems, and are taught throughout grade levels to progress levels of depth and complexity.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas: Reshaping Teaching and Learning (e-book)

Like all enthusiastic teachers, you want your students to see the connections between important science concepts so they can grasp how the world works...


Core Idea PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Like all enthusiastic teachers, you want your students to see the connections between important science concepts so they can grasp how the world works...

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education – Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to meeting many of humanity's most pressing challenge...

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NSTA Press Book

The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. A key aspect of learning in K–12 education is the idea that what stu...


Interactive E-book Kids

Peeking Inside Plants

In the Peeking Inside Plants eBook, learners explore plant structures (stems, leaves, flowers, roots, and fruit) in order to build an argument about h...


Interactive E-book Kids

Fish Out of Water

Kat is a student paleontologist who uses a video chat app to communicate with readers during her expedition to visit a paleontological site in the des...


Interactive E-book Kids

Are They the Same?

This e-book is based on the natural phenomenon that any group of plants or animals will demonstrate individual variation that allows scientists to dis...


Interactive E-book Kids

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is an interactive book where readers enter a forest to see how four different animals raise their young. Interactivities and questions gu...


Interactive E-book Kids

Exploring Matter in Space

It is the year 2095, and Great Uncle Dar has just taken up the post of chief engineer on the solar system’s first inflatable space apartment buildin...


Interactive E-book Kids

Did You Get My Message?

There are many methods for communicating. Some methods are easy to understand, while other methods require learning or decoding. As students explore...


Interactive E-book Kids

Beavers Building Ecosystems

Studies have shown that wetlands created by beaver dams are more biodiverse than human-made wetlands. Beavers’ first impact on the environment begi...


NSTA Press Book

Preparing Teachers for Three-Dimensional Instruction

It’s not enough for teachers to read through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and correlate their content to the established curriculum....


Interactive E-book Kids

Properties Matter

Bobby and Carmen are at summer engineering camp. They have been challenged to design and build a useful project for their fellow campers. Time is shor...


Interactive E-book Kids

Kristel Pushes and Pulls

In Kristel Pushes and Pulls, a bed mysteriously ends up hanging in a tree in Kristel’s front yard. Kristel is determined to figure out how it got th...


Interactive E-book Kids

Sunlight Science

The Sunlight Science e-book engages readers through an interactive story that features a family outing at the beach. Learners investigate, along with ...

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