Resources for Alignment

Over half of the entomology teaching resources we’ve inventoried don’t have NGSS or other standards alignment explicitly built in. But they are still great materials! As entomologists, how can we retrofit existing lessons to make them more aligned?

The good news is there are a LOT of resources out there to help you do this. We’ve collected some of our favorites here.

NGSS-aligned activites have these three features:

  • Activities are sequenced by students’ questions, rather than science topics.
  • Activities develop three-dimensional knowledge, rather than only disciplinary core ideas.
  • Activities include student sensemaking, rather than presenting science content.

If you aren’t familiar with some of the terminology used in NGSS, there is a great readable overview from OpenSciEd here.

This is a map of the Open Science Ed instructional model, based on NGSS. The OpenSciEd Instructional Model uses a storyline approach - a logical sequence of lessons that are motivated by students' questions that arise from students’ interactions with phenomena. To help teachers and students advance through a unit storyline, the instructional model takes advantage of five routines—activities that play specific roles in advancing the storyline with structures to help students achieve the objectives of those activities. The routines typically follow a pattern as students kick off a unit of study, investigate different questions they have, put the pieces together from those investigations, and then problematize the next set of questions to investigate.

Helpful Templates

These are quick templates for looking at existing lessons and identifying components that align with standards:

Slightly more complex templates:

Have questions? Contact us! We are happy to help.