On February 10th, at the Utah Science Teachers Association Conference, some great resources were introduced to attendees to help them implement new Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards for grades 6-8 next school year. The SEEd standards are based on the K-12 Framework and NGSS (A crosswalk between SEEd and NGSS can be found at tinyurl.com/SEEdCrosswalk). I wanted to share them with all of you in hopes that they might help you in your work.
1 - SEEd OER Textbooks: Work started for these text books last Fall and they are ready for teachers to see, download, and even order printed copies. The new books are aligned to the SEEd standards and each chapter starts with a phenomenon and have an aligned focus on crosscutting concepts. The USBE Science website has links to the electronic copies (on CK-12.org), formatted PDFs, and links purchase hard copies at http://schools.utah.gov/CURR/science/OER.aspx
2 - Science and Engineering Practices & Crosscutting Concepts Posters: Susan Larson, a wonderful teacher in Utah’s Jordan School District, created 2 posters that can be used to graphically display the Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts. These posters are also found in the beginning of the new SEEd OER Textbooks. I have attached the files for these posters and so you can see and use them.
3 - SEEd Storylines Website: Work has been done by a group of Utah school districts to both unpack the SEEd standards as well as create lessons (they call episodes) and unit maps (they call storylines). This work is found on the website https://www.seedstorylines.org/. This site is a work in progress that will be updated and improved based on teacher feedback.