New Standards

Project SWELL correlation to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


Project SWELL lessons can help teachers realize the CCSS and NGSS, please see this table with the standards correlations to each SWELL lesson.

To help educational leaders better prepare students for the future, California recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is implementing the new Common Core State Standards to outline what students should know and be able to do in each grade, in each subject.

Common Core State Standardars:

Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English and Math. 

Students are expected to:

Articulate math problems.

Demonstrate independence in reading, writing and speaking about complex text.

Make sense of real life problems and perservere in solving them.

What about Science and Environmental Education?

Can we use the environment as a "real life" example? Environmental educators will happily answer with a resounding YES! Environmental education is crucial to student development and preparation for the world we live in. Hands-on SWELL lessons give the students the tools to understand basic science concepts, such as local habitats and water pollution, while also incorporating other important subjects (Math, English and Language Arts) into the learning process simultaneously.

NGSS and Project SWELL Classroom

In the SWELL 6th grade curriculum students ask science questions. What is pollution? What kind of pollutants we may find in our water bodies and watersheds? Students learn about watersheds and the importance of clean water by doing science, designing their own watershed and modeling pollution, giving them a new opportunity to create their own investigation, understand scientific concepts, explain these concepts, identify problems and solve them. These lessons can help students realize NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas such as: Earth Systems, Earth and Human Activity, and Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics.

To learn more about how your students can realize NGSS and CCSS please see the Project SWELL correlation to standards table.





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