A newly published NSTA resource serves as a navigational tool to help educators in every grade bring greater coherence to their curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions consists of 62 maps that illustrate how science knowledge builds and connects over the course of a K–12 education. The maps do this within the context of A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and other state standards.
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The NSTA Atlas is oversized and spiral-bound for easy use. The maps organize all of the elements from the standards on a particular topic (such as modeling, patterns, or definitions of energy) on a single page. The grade K–2 elements are at the bottom of the map, and those for grades 9–12 are at the top. Arrows connect elements to indicate how ideas in a particular topic build on each other and how elements in different topics connect to one another.
Because the maps prompt teachers to think about ways student learning can build over time, the NSTA Atlas is useful even for teachers in states that have not adopted the NGSS. It allows educators to trace the prerequisites for understanding science in each grade, make the appropriate connections to support science content, and show the way to the next steps in students’ science education.
Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.
For additional information or to purchase a copy of The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 225-page book is priced at $77.12 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $61.70. (Stock # PB414X; ISBN #978-1-938946-08-0)
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA's membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
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Kate Falk, NSTA