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Selected Next Generation Science Standards Resources

Last updated: April 4, 2016

Blogs and Websites

For more blog options search the NGSS Blog Twitter Hashtag: #NGSSBlogs.

Teaching Tools & Resources

  • Next Generation Science Storylines
    Across the country, districts, schools, and teachers are working on implementing a new version for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science and NGSS: classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to explain real phenomena and solve problems.

    A core challenge is the lack of curriculum materials that reflect the dramatic changes in this vision. Traditional textbooks, lesson plans, and units are not up to the challenge. Districts, schools, and teachers are finding they need to find, adapt, or create new curriculum materials to support this 3D approach to science learning.

    To help meet this challenge, the Next Generation Science Storylines project is dedicated to providing tools that support teachers in developing, adapting, and teaching with strongly aligned NGSS materials in classrooms around the country.

  • Example Storylines for NGSS (Achieve): The storylines were developed by the NGSS writers to describe some example context and rationale for the performance expectations (PEs) in each grade band and grade level.
  • Qualities of a Good Anchor Phenomenon for a Coherent Sequence of Science Lessons
    This short tool outlines criteria to consider when selecting an anchor phenomena or design problem for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) instruction. Instructional sequences are more coherent when students investigate compelling natural phenomena (in science) or work on meaningful design problems (in engineering) by engaging in the science and engineering practices.
  • Evidence Statements: NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements describe a detailed look at the NGSS performance expectations. (Achieve)
  • JPL Resource to Support NGSS Engineering Standards
    This resource:
    • Shares examples of how the NGSS engineering standards are used at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- a leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
    • Connects those vignettes to lessons that you can use to engage your students in engineering in the classroom.
    • And provides expanded explanations of what each standard means.
    Adapted from research on backwards mapping developed by Wiggins’ Understanding by Design model and the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, this narrated tutorial is developed to guide teachers in developing instructional units and lesson plans with ease, consistency, instructional fidelity and accountability as prescribed by the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    The web-based unit development tool and resources addresses the three dimensions of NGSS, in addition to correlations with both Common Core ELA and Math.

    This free tutorial video is available 24/7 and accessible where internet is available. Further, the user will be able to start and stop the video as needed to allow collaboration with teams, reference instructional materials, and access the internet. An electronic template to guide the unit design process that includes all key components is also provided.

  • EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science: provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.
  • Achieve and the Teaching Channel Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS
    The featured classroom examples illustrate how some educators are transitioning instruction to help students meet the goals of the NGSS. These videos are not intended to signal a one-size-fits-all approach to implementing the NGSS. Rather, the snapshots demonstrate how specific teachers are beginning to transition to the standards and offer guidance to educators currently considering how to best engage students in three-dimensional learning.
  • Curated Resources and Lesson Plans Aligned to NGSS
    NSTA and its cadre of NGSS curators has been very busy working to curate available resources and lessons that support instruction under the Next Generation Science Standards. There are now several resources and lessons that have been posted on the NGSS @ NSTA hub – follow these links and select the Disciplinary Core Idea or Topic of your choice. If there is a curated resource or lesson that supports it you will find it by scrolling down toward the bottom of the page, just below the colored foundation boxes.
  • NRC's Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards: A Workshop Summary (2014)
  • NRC Guide to Implementing the NGSS: A Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) describe a new vision for science learning and teaching that is catalyzing improvements in science classrooms across the United States. Achieving this new vision will require time, resources, and ongoing commitment from state, district, and school leaders, as well as classroom teachers. Successful implementation of the NGSS will ensure that all K-12 students have high-quality opportunities to learn science.
  • Workshops and Short Courses with Handouts from the 2015 California Science Education Conference in Sacramento.

    » Friday Sessions: http://bit.ly/1MB45Ek

    » Saturday Sessions: http://bit.ly/1Rbhzps

    » Sunday Sessions: http://bit.ly/1NdcIDt

  • Workshops and Short Courses with Handouts from the 2013 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs.
  • NGSS@NSTA Resources Website (including a new user-friendly way to view the standards, a reader's guide to the Framework, webinars on scientific practices, and more)

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