Even the untrained eye can look across the NGSS elementary science standards, (and the adapted version Massachusetts) to see that there are several connections between what have traditionally been taught as separate disciplines of Earth, Life, and Physical Science.
To build themes at each grade level that encompass several science standards and emphasize these disciplines as inter-connected, Wendy Pavlicek and I sat down to examine each K-5 grade level and how their next generation science standards might flow together. Ultimately we developed three or four themes at each grade level, which we will present to our curriculum council next month for review and constructive feedback before moving forward with curriculum work in each of these themes.
As participating members in the Merrimack Education Center’s cross-district curriculum development we are also sharing these files with them to mashup for their own purposes. It seems only fitting that we also share them out to the general public to get as much feedback as possible and to support other systems working through similar curriculum development work.
The PDFs in our shared Google Folder are static files that show how Wendy and I have initially arranged these performance expectations. The .cmap files can be downloaded by anyone to modify to fit their own needs. The free concept map editor recommended by the Massachusetts DESE and used to edit these concept maps can be found here.