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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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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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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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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...


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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...


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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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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...


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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...


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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....


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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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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...


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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...


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The Light Explorers Go on a Campout

The Light Explorers Go on a Campout allows learners to take an active role in exploring with characters Liz and Sam as they investigate the anchor phe...

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