NGSS: Constructing Explanations and Designed Solutions

The Next Generation Science Standards list constructing explanations and designing solutions as the sixth practice. The video explains how scientists create and modify theories over time. Then, it offers many examples of scientific theories—both proven and disproven.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Copy the flow chart of how to construct a theory found at 1:55 in the video
  • Duplicate the diagram of the cycle of design from 6:00
Classroom Considerations
  • Video addresses science teachers, but many teachers of other subjects would also benefit from the knowledge
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Pros
  • Offers a progression of skills from K-12th grade
  • Compares and contrasts science versus engineering
Cons
  • None