The Official STEMscopes Blog

Using Extended Vocabulary Instruction

Posted by David Alviar on February 22, 2019

­­­ We all know the importance of language acquisition, but did you know that how you teach students new science vocabulary has an impact on their engagement, depth of understanding, and retention? A critical part of learning science is becoming fluent with the language of science. To do that, students must have experiences that help them make meaning of new terms themselves—not just memorize definitions.  

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Topics: vocabulary, science vocabulary strategies, science vocabulary, Hands on lesson, teaching science, students demonstrate knowledge, learning styles, VARK

What are NGSS Evidence Statements?

Posted by David Alviar on September 13, 2018

The NGSS have undergone numerous evolutions since their inception. Among the most powerful (and most recent) are the addition of evidence statements. The three dimensions—disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting connections—already provide context for how students can demonstrate knowledge and how the performance expectation can be applied. The new evidence statements take this process a step further.

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Topics: NGSS, STEMscopes NGSS 3D, three dimensions, crosscutting connections, Evidence Statements, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, performance expectations, students demonstrate knowledge