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Real Science in the Palm of Your Hand: A Framework for Designing and Facilitating Citizen Science in the Classroom


"This article presents a framework for how teachers can think about designing a Citizen Science (CS) unit, which can support NGSS instruction. The notion of Environmental Science Agency as an outcome incorporates students learning science content (DCIs) and inquiry practice (SEPs). Using the key educator practices during CS activities can help teachers engage students in the SEPs and capitalize on the learning opportunities of realworld investigation. Educators should consider grade-level DCIs and relevant CCCs when selecting a CS project and integrate CCCs such as "patterns" or "stability and change" during data collection and meaning making activities. For example, in the ladybug unit, students came to understand DCIs, looked for patterns in the ladybug species they observed, and engaged in multiple SEPs."