The Practices Brainstorm and Sort introduces the Science and Engineering Practices and helps educators connect their prior knowledge about science and engineering to this new conceptual framework. Participants will work together to sort their own words into the eight practices, filling posters to form a collective definition of each practice. Whole-group discussions will pull out key ideas about the practices as a concept and about particular practices.
Watch the video to get an overview of this professional development activity, and use the detailed lesson plan listed in "Support Materials" to lead this exercise for your team of educators. You'll find more PD ideas in the NGSS Demystified collection.