Additional Resources for you to Explore
Schools in California have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards focus on student doing science rather than just knowing science facts. One big change in these new standards are the Science and Engineering Practices which task educators with providing students opportunities to think critically and solve problems. 

You can read and learn about the science and engineering practices here:

Science and Engineering PracticesAppendix F of the Next Generation Science Standards, provides the Science and Engineering Practices in detail.

Take a look at Science and Engineering Practices in action in classrooms from the Teaching Channel:

Teaching Channel VideoLearning about the Science and Engineering Practices - 6:00 video from The Teaching Channel

 Listen to the story, "Rosie Revere, Engineer" read by Author, Andrea Beatty.