Ocean acidification contains highly relevant multi-disciplinary topics for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as Common Core standards.
The NGSS is a shift toward studying science as it occurs in nature: in interacting systems of energy, matter and life. Each NGSS standard contains three dimensions to be taught together: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. The methods scientists and engineers use to measure, model and address ocean acidification are great examples of the scientific and engineering practices contained in the NGSS.
Ocean acidification also provides highly relevant material for teaching the Common Core. OA science offers a wealth of opportunities to teach Common Core math concepts. Similarly, teachers can find OA-relevant social, historical and political topics to explore and use to develop their students’ language arts skills.
Phase II: Identify NGSS Connections
The next phase of the project has three parts:
- Reviewing the Collection’s instructional materials to identify connections to the NGSS. This will be accomplished with input from website users (collected via the NGSS EQuIP Rubric forms provided on each instructional material page; information about the EQuIP Rubric and how it should be used can be found here), and also at continued educator workshops;
- Assessing the existing materials collection for content gaps, in order that these may be brought to the attention of curriculum developers; and
- Mapping NGSS dimensions and Performance Expectations onto the OA Literacy Framework.