Phenomenon-Driven Lesson Plans and Assessments
Science A-Z Storylines are carefully designed to help teachers address all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* within one coherent sequence of lessons. Each Storyline targets a bundle of Performance Expectations within a grade-specific topic of the NGSS. Students explore Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts by engaging in Science and Engineering Practices, providing them with an integrated, three-dimensional learning experience.
Each Storyline Lesson Plan consists of an integrated series of lessons in which students make sense of phenomena and design solutions to problems. Supporting resources require reading, writing, collaboration, and investigation. Storyline Assessments allow teachers to gauge student mastery of core ideas and concepts, as well as their ability to apply the targeted practices.
Why Use Storylines?
Science A-Z Storylines are intended for teachers in states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards and for those in states or districts that are implementing a similar three-dimensional approach to learning. Storylines allow students to engage in activities that mirror how working scientists make discoveries and how engineers design new technologies, including reading with a purpose, asking questions, carrying out investigations, interpreting data, designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence.
Storyline Lesson Plans and supporting resources allow all students to discover age-appropriate content and actively apply practices in meaningful and productive ways. Phenomenon-based activities get students excited about learning and help them feel invested in answering authentic, student-generated questions. Assessments allow teachers to evaluate student performance and identify concepts and practices to be retaught.
How to Use Storylines
Science A-Z Storylines are ready-to-use, comprehensive resources. Each Storyline lesson begins with a Supporting Phenomenon and a Guiding Question that together provide purpose for an activity, experiment, or design challenge. Tasks are specifically designed to help students answer the Guiding Question and generate new questions that lead into the next lesson. Teachers are given ample activity instructions, question prompts, opportunities to integrate reading, classroom tips, and lesson transitions.
Storyline Lesson Plans reference other Science A-Z resources to use during instruction, such as books, short reading passages, structured investigations, diagrams, and graphic organizers. Each Storyline also contains an assessment for each lesson and a final, cumulative assessment. At the end of each assessment, an Answer Key and Teaching Tips provide suggested student responses, allowing teachers to gauge student mastery of lesson content while clearly identifying connections to the standards. Also included are tips for helping struggling students as well as students who finish their work ahead of the rest of the class.
Read the Teacher's Guide to learn more about the instructional purposes of Science A-Z Storylines and tips for classroom implementation.
* Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.