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The NC Science LiveBinder is arranged with a tab for each of the Professional Teaching Standards. Resource website links are provided for each standard.
Understanding the K-12 NC Science Essential Standards
K-12 Science Essential Standards:
This document provides all of the K-12 Science Standards by the 11 component strands of the life, earth and physical science domains. The purpose of this document is to enable teachers to quickly look at the standards that come before and after their grade level or course. When you ask "what have they studied before in this concept?" or "how far do I go with this idea?", it is helpful to take a look at this document. PLCs can discuss the progression of concepts and use this document as well as the Customized Curriculum Topic Study Guides to develop local curriculum materials. This document is available as an independent Excel file (below) or as a separate pdf for each domain.
K-12 Essential Standards Strands_Revised Mar 15 2012.xlsx
K-12 SCI ESSENTIAL STDS_LIFE SCIENCE DOMAIN.pdf
K-12 SCI ESSENTIAL STDS_PHY SCI DOMAIN.pdf
K-12 SCI ESSENTIAL STDS_EARTH SCI DOMAIN.pdf
NC Science Customized Curriculum Topic Study Guides
Curriculum Topic Study Guides are a resource for teachers to expand their understanding of science content, pedagogy, and learning progressions for concepts and ideas in K-12 science education. They provide links to national documents that aid teachers in meeting their professional teaching standards. Can be used individually or in PLCs and district professional development.
NC Science SCOS Strand Maps
NC Strand Maps:
The strand maps presented on this page demonstrate how the North Carolina Science Essential Standards guide students’ thinking about core concepts in Science. They also show how students' ideas become increasingly sophisticated over time. The strand maps incorporate the research presented in
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Atlas of Science Literacy Vols. I and II
to scaffold the Science Essential Standards providing guidance for developing curricula.
Graphic Organizer Samples
This document is a resource for developing and using graphic organizers in K-12 science instruction. The examples are to model varied organizers and their use in provoking student engagement, organization, and understanding, thus equipping the teacher with the knowledge to develop and use such tools effectively with the new standards.
Interdependence of Life GO ESL.pdf
Interdependence Concept Map.pdf
Glossary of Terminology
The Glossary of Terminology provides essential terms - K-5 on pages 1-4 and 6-12 on pages 5-10.
Glossary Of Terms.pdf
Formative Assessment Probe Alignment
This K-12 resource aligns the NC Science Essential Standards with over 200 research based formative assessment probes National Science Teachers Association press publications by Page Keeley.
NC Science Testing and Accountability
Find information about NC Science tests - EOG, EOC, Final Exams, and ACT.
Next Generation Science Standards
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