Free Websites for Finding NGSS Anchoring Phenomena (2022)

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ask us as science teachers to provide anchoring phenomena, opportunities for real-world application of concepts, and flexibility to allow students to follow their own curiosities while learning science. They are asking us to learn with our students and to adopt the mindset that new theories can always surface and paradigms do indeed shift. I’ve realized that the NGSS burst open a door that I’ve always tried to keep a foot in– getting my students to authentically care about our planet and to have a genuine interest in the wonderful operations of our universe.

Now, “How the heck are we busy, overwhelmed teachers supposed to have our fingertips on the pulse of every awesome and interesting thing going on in science in order to structure these phenomena-based units?”

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I have compiled a list of websites that contain rich ideas and real-world issues that are useful for finding the phenomena that can ‘anchor’ lessons and units aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Spend some time looking for the ideas and stories that pique your interest.

I recommend reading this article on the Atlas blog to learn more about how to choose good lesson-level and unit-level anchors!

Create a quick Powerpoint slide to showcase a neat phenomena that you find in order to instigate an engaging whole-class or small-group discussion on the concept. Try having your students make a list of as many ‘What If…?’ and ‘I Wonder…?’ questions as they can think of about the phenomena that they’ve been asked to consider. (I call this a measure of their ‘I.Q.’ or ‘Inquiry Quotient’!).

Here are some Anchoring Phenomena examples:

To begin a unit on water properties, you could show this video of Wringing Out Water on the International Space Station. Have students draw a model of what they think is going on… they’ll revise the model as they progress through the lessons in the unit.

To begin a unit on matter, you could show this video of a Railroad Car Collapsing. Have students draw a model of what they think is going on… they’ll revise the model as they progress through the lessons in the unit.

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To begin a unit on chemical reactions, you could show this video of a Match Burning in Slow Motion (by the way, any physical phenomena shown in slow motion is amazing for helping students to consider the physics!). Have students draw a model of what they think is going on… they’ll revise the model as they progress through the lessons in the unit.

To begin a unit on waves/light, you could show a picture of this London skyscraper that’s been nicknamed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’ and explain how it has melted cars parked in the street near it. After they consider that the building heats specific points to extreme temperatures, the students could draw a model of what they think is going on… they’ll revise the model as they progess through the lessons in the unit.

Free Websites for Finding NGSS Anchoring Phenomena (2)During the lesson or unit, refer back to that phenomena so that your students continue to mold their understanding of the science behind the issue. Ask them to keep writing their ‘What If…?’ and ‘I Wonder…?’ questions. Let their questions guide your future planning! Maybe Bobby is ultra-intrigued by the idea of plastic-eating caterpillers… could this be a future anchoring phenomena for a unit on synthetics or the basis for a project-based learning assignment? Maybe Olivia wonders how elephants are able to ‘hear’ through the adipose tissue in their feet… could this question ground a future unit on the behavior of sound waves? This process is like climbing a rock wall– your ascension path changes as you find different grips and attain more stable footing.

Free Websites for Finding NGSS Anchoring Phenomena (3)

These websites are all FREE and they offer an amazing smorgasbord of cool phenomena, real-world science applications, information databases, video collections, inquiry project ideas and more! Explore, brainstorm, and get excited about the possibilities! Oh and p.s. I plan to add to this list as I find more!

Project Phenomena

On Project Phenomena you can search by Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) and grade level to find interesting real-world phenomena from which to launch your units! There are also tons of links to additional resources embedded on the site!

Wonderopolis

Oh my gosh. Talk about kids following their curiosities! This. Website. Is. Incredible. Head over to Wonderopolis and go to the Explore Wonders page where you can search for topics that you are going to be teaching. You can find relevant videos that will help you to isolate a phenomenon to base your students’ studies on. Don’t miss the Educator page called The Wonder Ground, where there is a database of lessons and other educator resources!

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site is chockfull of incredible happenings in Earth and Ocean science. Check out the Education section to find resources and activites for specific DCI’s.

Model Based Inquiry

The Phenomena Ideas section of the Model Based Inquiry site is easy to navigate as it is organized by NGSS Discipline. This site has excellently-curated questions and associated resources to help you plan specific unit investigations with super engaging anchoring content!

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On the Jet Propulsion Laboratory website you can find NASA-approved mini-projects, slideshows, videos, and games sorted by topic and grade level.

The Kid Should See This

The best site for finding kid-friendly videos that will WOW and amaze your students is The Kid Should See This! Try showing a video that will provide the foundation for students to come up with further questions that they can explore. But BEWARE: once you’re on this website it’s hard to leave if you love learning strange and incredible things!

Exploratorium

‘Hungry for fresh, exciting science activities based in amazing phenomena?’ Check out the Exploratorium website’s Science Snacks– fun, hands-on activities that will get your students engaged and thinking! I love exploring this site for neat ideas aligned with the NGSS.

The Wonder of Science

Now here is a WONDERful resource! This one will be a go-to for me! The Wonder of Science has tons of curated phenomena ideas, video links, anchor chart examples, and assessment possibilities all organized by standard. And the whole website is sort of set up in a 3-dimensional manner where you can explore by DCI or by science practice to locate appropriate resources for your class.

NGSS Phenomena

The name says it all! The author ofNGSS Phenomena calls himself an ‘extreme hoarder’ of NGSS resources. Type your topic into the Searchable Phenomena search bar and find some fascinating photos that could simply be used as conversation pieces to engage your students or that might spark a great idea for a performance assessment.

Veritasium YouTube Channel

The name ‘Veritasium‘ stems from the Latin veritas, meaning truth. This YouTube channel has hundreds of videos that explore the science behind real life phenomena. To focus your unit of study, show short clips from one of the videos and have your students write lots of questions that they have about the phenomena. Write their questions on a poster paper, then go through them and check off the ones that could be investigated in class.

Zooniverse

Want your students to see how data collection and observation skills are utilized in the real world? Find a project relevant to your current unit on Zooniverse! This website catalogues citizen science projects going on around the globe.

Teach Engineering

If you are looking to incorporate more of the engineering standards into your planning, try searching the STEM curriculum or Maker Space lesson inventories on TeachEngineering! This is an invaluable resource for planning lessons and units through an engineering lens.

Physics Girl YouTube Channel

Another great science YouTuber Dianna Cowern explores fascinating facets of physics on her Physics Girl YouTube Channel. Gather ideas for investigations that your students could do within your classroom to find answers to a specific phenomena, or show clips of Dianna’s videos to anchor your unit.

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cK-12

If you have Google Classroom, this one is for you! The cK12 website has loads of lesson ideas and supplemental resources for hitting the DCI’s in each NGSS standard. You can assign videos and activities for your students to complete from this website directly through your Google Classroom.

Science Buddies

ScienceBuddies has a sorting function for topic and grade level and a nice collection of NGSS-aligned lesson plans and suggested performance assessments.

PBS Learning Media

Browse the standards to find a plethora of idea-generating resources for teaching to the NGSS on PBS Learning Media. You can find videos of other teachers teaching certain topics, articles, public broadcasting show clips, vetted webpages, and more.

The Concord Consortium

Wow. The Concord Consortium website is a gem, especially if you appreciate visuals. Click on the buttons for your science content area, the science and engineering practice you’re looking to practice, and the cross-cutting concept you’d like to incorporate. There are some excellent ideas here.

eGFI

Check out the neat ideas on the eGFI website (this is sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and it stands for Engineering: Go For It! There are great lesson plans and project ideas here.

Cool Green Science

If you teach life science, the Cool Green Science blog by The Nature Conservancy has lots of fascinating posts that dig into wildlife and biology-related questions. Use this blog for phenomena-finding inspiration!

EnviroLink and Inhabitat

If you’re looking for recent news stories relevant to a topic that you’re teaching, check out the headlines at EnviroLink or Inhabitat. A lot of the news is sobering, but some of it is hopeful… and it’s all going on in our world.

Science Friday

One of my favorite radio programs has a website that is a great resource for finding eye-popping examples of cool science! Check out the collection of free articles at Science Friday! I also suggest trying the Chrome extension Insert Learning to turn the articles into awesome interactive lessons and post them on your Google Classroom.

Pulitzer Center

To find authentic examples of science-based humanitarian issues like water quality, nuclear issues, climate change, and pollution, go to the lesson builder at the Pulitzer Center. Try the advanced search feature and select ‘science’.

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Science Journal

If you have iPads in your classroom or you are able to allow your students to use their smart phones to collect data, check out the neat experiments at Science Journal. You can have your students monitor motion, light levels, heart rate and more! They’ll collect information to graph and analyze and they can come to conclusions about the relevant science phenomena behind their empirical data.

National Geographic

National Geographic stole my heart a long time ago and it still delivers in every issue. The website also has a great collection of lessons that will help ground your students’ explorations in real phenomena and events. Search the lesson database by subject to find intriguing ideas!

If you have found other great web resources, please leave the links in the comments section to share!

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FAQs

What is the anchoring phenomenon? ›

Anchoring phenomena. Page 1. Anchoring phenomena. def: A puzzling event or process whose full explanacon requires a wide range of science ideas to be coordinated with one another and with evidence.

What are examples of science phenomena? ›

Phenomena can be defined as “observable events that occur in a natural or designed system.” They are everywhere around us, but some are easier to notice than others. Common examples of natural phenomena include lightning, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, and similar.

Can you use science to explain or predict what is going to happen with a phenomenon? ›

According to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), phenomena are "Natural phenomena are observable events that occur in the universe and that we can use our science knowledge to explain or predict.

What are the 4 types of phenomena? ›

Four stunning optical phenomena and how they form
  • Rainbows. Rainbows are caused by the reflection and refraction of light in water droplets that lead a the spectrum of light appearing in the sky. ...
  • Circumzenithal arcs. ...
  • Halos. ...
  • Crepuscular rays.
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What is this phenomenon called in science? ›

Natural phenomena are those that occur or manifest without human input. Examples of natural phenomena include gravity, tides, biological processes and oscillation. Social phenomena are those that occur or exist through the actions of groups of humans.

What makes a good anchoring phenomenon? ›

A good anchor has relevant data, images, and text to engage students in the range of ideas students need to understand. It should allow them to use a broad sequence of science and engineering practices to learn science through first-hand or second-hand investigations.

What is anchoring effect give example? ›

Anchoring bias occurs when people rely too much on pre-existing information or the first information they find when making decisions. For example, if you first see a T-shirt that costs $1,200 – then see a second one that costs $100 – you're prone to see the second shirt as cheap.

What are the 3 dimensions of Ngss? ›

At the base of the NGSS are three “dimensions” of science learning: Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI)

What are the 5 natural phenomena? ›

Types of natural phenomena include: Weather, fog, thunder, tornadoes; biological processes, decomposition, germination; physical processes, wave propagation, erosion; tidal flow, moonbow, blood moon and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, midnight sun and polar night.

How do you introduce phenomena to students? ›

When you introduce a lesson with a phenomenon, you anchor it with an observable event. A short video clip, picture, hands-on experience, teacher demonstration, or verbal description will expose your students to the phenomenon.

Is hypothesis and prediction the same? ›

defined as a proposed explanation (and for typically a puzzling observation). A hypothesis is not a prediction. Rather, a prediction is derived from a hypothesis. A causal hypothesis and a law are two different types of scientific knowledge, and a causal hypothesis cannot become a law.

What is phenomena in a lesson plan? ›

A phenomenon is simply an observable event. In the science classroom a carefully chosen phenomenon can drive student inquiry. Phenomena add relevance to the science classroom showing students science in their own world. A good phenomenon is observable, interesting, complex, and aligned to the appropriate standard.

How are models used to study a phenomenon? ›

Models are representations of real scientific phenomenon that may be difficult to study in the real world. Models may be physical representations, diagrams, theories, or mathematical equations. Although models vary in their structure, they serve common purposes for scientists.

Is Covid a phenomenon? ›

The 'COVID-19 Pandemic' is, indeed, a 21st Century 'Phenomenon'; It is a 'Human Existential Cataclysm' and a 'Human-quaking Experience'!!!!

How do you explain phenomena to a child? ›

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What is the difference between phenomena and phenomenon? ›

The singular is 'phenomenon. ' The plural is 'phenomena. ' Its meaning hasn't changed, and you still make it plural like you make Greek words plural.

What is a phenomenon question? ›

These are all observable events, and provide a context which scientists could then develop and explore. In other words, they could develop a question around the phenomena – the observable event – and attempt to answer that question by testing a hypothesis.

What is this phenomenon called answer? ›

Answer: A phenomenon is an extraordinary occurrence or circumstance . mark as brainliest.

How is phenomena used in the classroom? ›

There are two ways to use phenomena in the classroom: anchoring phenomenon, which needs an entire unit to explain the observation, and a lesson-level phenomenon, which is an observation explained by smaller pieces of information that'll eventually support the bigger ideas.

What are the five keys to anchoring? ›

So the five keys to successful anchoring are Intensity, Timing, Uniqueness, Replicability, and Number of times.

How do you test for anchoring bias? ›

In experiments testing anchoring bias, participants were asked to write down the last two digits of their phone number, and then estimate the value of certain items such as rare wine or obscure pieces of computer equipment.

How do you overcome anchoring? ›

Increasing knowledge through research, improving your deductive reasoning skills, and consulting with experts and colleagues helps counteract cognitive biases such as anchoring bias. Using tools such as checklists can also help decrease anchoring bias.

Is NGSS part of Common Core? ›

The NGSS incorporates the Common Core Standards in Mathematics by focusing on how math practices line up with what you need to know to perform work in each scientific discipline. The crossovers listed for each NGSS performance expectation are taken from these Common Core mathematical practices.

What are the 8 practices of NGSS? ›

  • Asking Questions. ...
  • Developing and Using Models. ...
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. ...
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data. ...
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking. ...
  • Constructing Explanations. ...
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence. ...
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

What are the 7 cross cutting concepts? ›

The seven crosscutting concepts presented in Chapter 4 of the Framework are as follows:
  • Patterns. ...
  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation. ...
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity. ...
  • Systems and system models. ...
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation. ...
  • Structure and function. ...
  • Stability and change.

What is the most bizarre phenomenon in the world? ›

Frozen methane bubbles, Canada

Found in winter in high northern latitude lakes like Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada, these gas bubbles are created when dead leaves, grass and animals fall into the water, sink and are eaten by bacteria that excrete methane.

Are Rainbows natural phenomena? ›

Rainbow is a natural phenomenon showing dispersion of light.

Is flood a natural phenomena? ›

Floods are natural phenomena, and may be expected to occur at irregular intervals on all stream and rivers. Settlement of floodplain areas is a major cause of flood damage. Tsunamis are long-period waves generated by disturbances such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and undersea landslides.

What is the beautiful natural phenomenon called? ›

Aurora borealis and aurora australis

Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, the auroras cast an alien glow over the low-latitude Arctic and Antarctic regions. In the Arctic, they're known as the aurora borealis, or the northern lights, while the Antarctic equivalent is called aurora australis, or the southern lights.

What natural phenomenon Cannot predict? ›

Answer: Earthquake is the destructive natural phenomenon which cannot be predicted in advance. The earthquakes can cause floods, landslides and tsunamis.

What is the weird phenomenon? ›

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How are anchor phenomena used in science instruction? ›

Anchors can keep instructional sequences coherent and on target, allowing a storyline to develop that help students understand the concepts they are learning and how they are all interconnected.

What is the role of phenomena in NGSS And why does everything begin with them? ›

Phenomena are NOT the explanations or scientific terminology behind what is happening. They are what can be experienced or documented. Phenomena are just for the initial hook Phenomena can drive the lesson, learning, and reflection/monitoring throughout. Using phenomena in these ways leads to deeper learning.

What is phenomenon teaching? ›

Phenomenon-based learning is an educational approach that engages students in science. It starts with a “phenomenon,” or an attention-grabbing image or video clip that hooks students into the lesson. Ideally, phenomena should be visually interesting and not easily understood at first glance.

Can theory become a law? ›

When the scientists investigate the hypothesis, they follow a line of reasoning and eventually formulate a theory. Once a theory has been tested thoroughly and is accepted, it becomes a scientific law.

What are the three types of hypothesis? ›

Types of hypothesis are: Simple hypothesis. Complex hypothesis. Directional hypothesis.

What is the difference between theory law and principle? ›

Theory and principle are two inter-related concepts. The key difference between theory and principle is that theory is a scientifically credible general principle that explains a phenomenon whereas principle is a basic truth, rule, or law.

How do you create a phenomenon? ›

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  1. Start a blog. ...
  2. Don't be afraid to be trendy. ...
  3. Tell everyone you know. ...
  4. Sell the movie rights early. ...
  5. Play to your base. ...
  6. Continue blogging. ...
  7. Keep fans addicted between books. ...
  8. Hit the major PR milestones.
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What is Finland's phenomenon based learning approach? ›

Phenomenon-based learning is a distinctly Finnish approach to inquiry learning in schools. It means leading students to ask big questions that don't have easy answers. Labour action, as an example, could be a phenomenon that would keep most students engaged for many months.

What are some reasons teachers quit? ›

Teachers often cite working conditions, such as the support of their principals and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, as the top reason for leaving. More than 1 in 4 teachers who leave say they do so to pursue other career opportunities.

What are the 4 types of models? ›

Since different models serve different purposes, a classification of models can be useful for selecting the right type of model for the intended purpose and scope. Formal versus Informal Models. Physical Models versus Abstract Models. Descriptive Models.

What is the difference between modeling and modelling? ›

Whether you're modelling or modeling, you're doing the same thing. The only difference is in the spelling—the one with the single L is preferred in the United States, while the one with two Ls is preferred everywhere else. Here's a tip: Want to make sure your writing always looks great?

How do I know my study design? ›

Summary:
  1. Step 1: Determine what the exposure and outcome are in the given question.
  2. Step 2: Determine if it is an observational or experimental study by reading the question carefully.
  3. Step 3: Ascertain if key words give away the design (read the sub-questions carefully):
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What are the 5 natural phenomena? ›

Types of natural phenomena include: Weather, fog, thunder, tornadoes; biological processes, decomposition, germination; physical processes, wave propagation, erosion; tidal flow, moonbow, blood moon and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, midnight sun and polar night.

What is the beautiful natural phenomenon called? ›

Aurora borealis and aurora australis

Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, the auroras cast an alien glow over the low-latitude Arctic and Antarctic regions. In the Arctic, they're known as the aurora borealis, or the northern lights, while the Antarctic equivalent is called aurora australis, or the southern lights.

What is the weird phenomenon? ›

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What is the most bizarre phenomenon in the world? ›

Frozen methane bubbles, Canada

Found in winter in high northern latitude lakes like Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada, these gas bubbles are created when dead leaves, grass and animals fall into the water, sink and are eaten by bacteria that excrete methane.

Are Rainbows natural phenomena? ›

Rainbow is a natural phenomenon showing dispersion of light.

What is aurora phenomenon? ›

In the ionosphere, the ions of the solar wind collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen from the Earth's atmosphere. The energy released during these collisions causes a colorful glowing halo around the poles—an aurora. Most auroras happen about 97-1,000 kilometers (60-620 miles) above the Earth's surface.

Is Sunrise a natural phenomenon? ›

Some natural phenomena are essential to living, like the sunrise, sunset, air, wind, season, weather, and many more. These natural phenomena will not harm the environment.

What are unnatural phenomena? ›

Unnatural Phenomena crosses the centuries and travels America to chronicle the strangest natural phenomena, the most bizarre scientific findings, and events from history that defy rational explanation.

Who is the best natural beauty in the world? ›

Keep reading to learn about 30 of the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth.
  • The Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan. ...
  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. ...
  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, Gansu, China. ...
  • Geiranger Fjord, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. ...
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegalalang and Ubud, Indonesia.
Jul 30, 2018

Who is the natural beauty in the world? ›

1. Angel Falls - Venezuela. While Venezuela can lay claim to some of the best nature in the world, among the most photogenic by far is the Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO-Protected site.

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