Academic journal article Science Scope

More Than Just a Chart

Academic journal article Science Scope

More Than Just a Chart

Article excerpt

In my summer 2015 Editor's Roundtable, I wrote about our efforts to include a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) alignment chart for the activity-based articles published in Science Scope. I would like to clarify some details about our charts and bring you up to date with what we are doing to refine them to make them more useful to our readers.

First, an NGSS alignment chart is included for activity-based articles but not for those articles that are instructional strategies and could apply to any three-dimensional lesson in any science domain. Occasionally, such articles contain summaries of sample lessons but lack sufficient details to necessitate an NGSS chart. A prime example of this is our Teacher's Toolkit column.

Second, the purpose of these charts is to show adherence to three-dimensional instruction and close alignments to at least one standard and one performance expectation of the NGSS by showcasing a student task for each of the three dimensions. It would require several pages to map the multiple NGSS connections found in most activities. So, in an effort to allow ample space for the other instructional details our readers need, we limit each chart to one page and highlight the alignment of only the core part of the activity.

We include connections to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts or mathematics when they are supplied by the author. …

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