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Performance Expectations Resources


The performance expectations provide an aid for assessment by clarifying what students should be able to know and do at the end of the grade or grade-band. They do not prescribe curriculum or lessons.

How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards

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Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS

“This book does not contain a recipe to follow as you plan and deliver lessons. Nor is it a set of predesigned lessons for use in biology classrooms...

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Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), you need a resource to help you answer pressing questions about how the standards fi...

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Why Should We Prepare for Earthquakes?

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Once Upon a Physical Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers

Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. The authors of this book have been in your shoes. These experienced science teachers...


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Assessing Three-Dimensional Learning, July 23-24, 2020

Three-dimensional teaching and learning presents new opportunities to build assessments that move student learning forward. The challenge we face is h...


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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...


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Geology on the Move

The Geology on the Move e-Book is an interactive book where learners study the geologic features of weathering and erosion by embarking on virtual ge...


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...


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What's In An Egg?

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Freebies for Science Teachers, Week of June 15, 2020

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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

Be a Sky Sleuth

How can patterns be used to predict the positions of the Sun, Moon, and stars? The Be a Sky Sleuth e-book helps students figure out the answer to this...


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...

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