The ASET Toolkit is a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) planning toolkit designed to help science educators plan lessons and units that integrate the 3 dimensions outlined in the Framework (NRC, 2012). The tools are not meant to be used in isolation, but with peers to promote discourse for understanding the goals and aligning instruction for the NGSS.
The toolkit includes:
- Dialogic tools that foster and support deepening awareness and understanding of how to make the significant shifts in instruction, learning, and formative assessment required by the new science reform documents, and
- Analytical tools for revising existing and/or developing new curriculum that better supports 3-dimensional teaching, learning, and formative assessment of student learning.
The toolkit was developed by the ASE NIC as part of the Next Gen ASET Project.
Click on the tools below for more information about them and tips on how to best utilize them
Tool Quick Links
3-Dimensional Planning Tool (3D Map)
Science and Engineering Practice Tools by grade band (SEP Tools)
- SEP 1: Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) Grades K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 2: Developing and using models Grades K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 3: Planning and carrying out investigations Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 4: Analyzing and interpreting data Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 5: Using mathematics and computational thinking Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 6: Constructing explanations (for science) Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grade 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 6: designing solutions (for engineering) Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grade 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 7: Engaging in argument from evidence Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
- SEP 8: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information Grade K-2, 3-5 | Grade 6-8 | Grades 6-8, 9-12
Click here to access the set of SEP Tools designed for use in the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program workshops
NOTE: This toolkit is continually evolving and may have changes or additions made as new resources are developed.