Phenomena for NGSS is a website housing a small collection of short videos and static images about various science topics. The collection is curated by two educators and includes phenomena like fidget spinner optical illusions, Mentos and soda demonstrations, and the spread of bee pheromones. Use these videos as a way not just to spark student interest, but to re-frame your teaching: Instead of students learning about a topic, they can be figuring out why something is happening. Engineering can then be incorporated as students design solutions based on problems the phenomena create. The videos can be used as anchoring phenomena and the focus for an entire unit, or as part of a lesson to back up what's being learned.
Keep in mind that the site is pretty bare-bones, so you may not find the topic you want, and you won't be able to change the size of the videos. Be sure to check out the various resources provided. It's mostly to external resources, but they can help you better understand the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and learn best practices for integrating phenomena into lessons.Continue reading Show less
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