Online Article

Using Phenomena in NGSS-Designed Lessons and Units

Content Areas:
Science, STEM
inquiry, phenomena, NGSS

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and their district’s organized plan of instruction.
    • Element C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.

Colorado Academic Standards

  • Science

In this informational article, the concept of phenomena as an anchor for science instruction is explained. The following questions are answered:

  • What are Phenomena in science and engineering?
  • Why are Phenomena such a big deal?
  • How are Phenomena related to the NGSS and Three Dimensional Learning?
  • How do we use Phenomena to drive teaching and learning?
  • What makes Phenomena effective for use in instruction?