• Lesson Study Planning Process 
    Step 1:  Define the theme/topic/concept to be studied    
    • Review the draft curriculum for your content. Choose a 1st Semester Unit and Topic as the focus of your Lesson Study
    • Based on data indicating a desire to improve student learning as determined by standards, goals, or needs
      • Data Teams, IBD Reports,  etc.
    • Review the Next Generation Science Standards aligned to the Topic (FOLDER for all NGSS Documents)
      • Consider grouping a coherent set of NGSS PE’s
        • Avoid 1 lesson per PE
      • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)
      • Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs)
      • Cross Cutting Concepts (XCCs) 
    Step 2: Design the lesson
    • Research the topic/concept
    • Use the Content Representation (CoRe) Tool
      • This tool is designed to help you organize your thinking about the CONTENT you will be teaching in order to connect the content to the lives of your students, and establish goals your students can achieve. 
      • Consider the learning progressions
        • SEP’s, DCI’s, XCC’s
        • Empirically grounded, testable hypotheses about how students’ understanding of and ability to use core scientific concepts and explanations and related scientific practices grow and become more sophisticated over time.
          • Consider the Research Base on "How Students Learn Science"
            • Prior learning must be engaged 
            • Knowledge must be organized into conceptual frameworks
            • Opportunities for being metacognitive are provided
    • Incorporate Backward Design
      • Identify the desired learning outcomes (NGSS PE’s)
      • Design the assessments
        • What will count for Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic?
    • Develop the learning experiences and activities that will provide opportunities to learn the concepts and practices.
      • Consider how to integrate the three dimensions of the Standards to maintain coherence
      • Consider pedagogy and the research base on how students learn science
      • Recognize opportunities to emphasize different learning outcomes
        • Foreground (explicitly emphasized) vs Background (context)
    • Choose the instructional approach that fits your integrated instructional sequence
      • 5E: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate
      • Variations
      • Use the 5E Lesson Planning Chart to organize your integrated instructional sequence
      • Use the Model Lesson Template to build your integrated instructional sequence
      • Use Audit documents to assess the lesson structure and content