Next Generation Science Standards - Weather and Climate

Do you use Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom?  We use the standards and I am always looking for new resources and ideas to support the standards.  You can read more about the Next Generation Science Standards by clicking the image below.
http://www.nextgenscience.org/
 
This is one of the Kindergarten Next Generation Science Standards included with Weather and Climate.  I like this standard because it also incorporates STEM components.  Students are designing and building structures and it is always fun to see how creative young learners are!
I created some discussion cards that you could use to go along with this standard.  There are 10 cards and each card has a picture of a structure that reduces the warming effect of sunlight.  

 
Some of the ways you could use these cards with your students are:
*Whole Group Science Lessons - Show students the card, ask the question, give students time to think, give students time to discuss their idea with a partner, and share with the group.
*Group Work - Give partners or small groups a card.  Have students discuss how the structure reduces the warming effect of sunlight on the area and then have students come back together to share their ideas with the class.
*Science Centers - Put cards out at a science center and have students draw/write about the structure.  They can draw/write about how it reduces the warming effect of sunlight on an area.  You could also put materials out and have them design their own structure.  
 
I also created a letter to send home to families asking for materials to build their structures and a poster that you can show your students asking them if they can design and build their structure.
 
Just click the image below to grab your FREE discussion cards!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhZ1p0YThwRHc3dGc/view?usp=sharing
You can read more about Next Generation Science Standards in one of my other blog posts by clicking the image below.
http://www.recipeforteaching.com/2015/10/next-generation-science-in-kindergarten.html
Also be sure to check out these weather resources in my TpT store!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-2097972 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-Writing-1437732
I would love to hear how you are using Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom!
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