On January 16, eleven teachers from ESD 123 and ESD 105 convened in Prosser, WA to collaborate in the development of a sample framework that models NGSS-aligned instruction and the integration of other subjects for the elementary classroom. The event was facilitated by Lorianne Donovan and Georgia Boatman from ESD 123, Mike Brown from ESD 105, and Ellen Ebert via Zoom from OSPI.
The elementary teachers were challenged to imagine a recipe for a NGSS-aligned science lesson, then immersed in an “Anchor Phenomenon Routine” from OpenSciEd.
Working in grade level teams, the teacher experts used a scaffold to begin designing place-based lessons that align with NGSS Performance Expectations, connect with other subjects, and incorporate OpenSciEd routines.
The elementary teacher experts will field test the sample lessons, collect student data, and make refinements. The finished lessons will be organized and published as an Open Education Resource (OER).
The Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects will be available later this year to support teachers developing NGSS-aligned lessons for their classrooms.