It emphasizes the importance of the practices of science where the content becomes a vehicle for teaching the processes of science.
Each standard is a combination of these three dimensions...
1. Scientific and Engineering Practices are the skills and behaviors used by individuals in the pursuit of scientific inquiry and engineering design.
2. Crosscutting Concepts are the themes of science that provide an essential organizational schema for linking the domains together, making connections between various science concepts to create a coherent, scientifically based view of the world around us. They include: Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion and Quantity; Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter in Systems; Structure and Function; Stability and Change of Systems.
3. Disciplinary Core Ideas are the broad, organizing concepts of science around which student learning is connected to life experiences or societal/personal concerns. They embody key understandings of complex ideas that develop over time with greater levels of depth and sophistication. Disciplinary ideas are grouped in four domains: the physical sciences; the life sciences; the earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science. McGraw-Hill is committed in providing the best curriculum for students and teachers. We are in the process of researching the NGSS and will be developing an alignment of all our current K-12 science products to the NGSS. And with that, we will guide you in understanding and implementing these new standards in the classroom.