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NGSS Headstart


The final draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released in April, so it seems like the perfect time to start thinking about how some of our favorite books can be integrated into lessons that support the performance expectations (PE)–what kids will be expected to understand at each grade level.

One kindergarten PE is: “Communicate and discuss solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.” Here are some books that would be perfect for addressing this concept:

Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Flemming

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart

Finding Home by Sandra Markle

Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Merwil Lamstein

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Sayre

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold

It isn’t too early to start thinking about how we can use some of the great books out there to teach STEM ideas in the future. Will that be one of your summer projects?

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2 thoughts on “NGSS Headstart

  1. Over at Archimedes Notebook is a review of “Look Up! A Kid’s Guide to Birdwatching”. It’s a fun book to read in the back yard.

  2. Sally’s Bookshelf features a review of “Eliza and the Dragonfly” – a perfect way to connect science with art & friends.