Selected Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Last updated: February 7, 2017
Blogs and Websites
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Teaching Tools & Resources
- NGSS Example Bundles
The Example Bundles (formerly known as the Model Content Frameworks for Science) show samples of ways to bundle the NGSS within a school year. “Bundling” is an important strategy for implementing standards, as it brings coherence to instruction and greatly reduces the amount of instructional time necessary.
- CA NGSS Phenomena
Scientific phenomena are occurrences in the natural or human-made world that cause one to wonder and ask questions. They do not have to be phenomenal, but should be engaging to students and make them wonder and ask questions or identify a problem to be solved. The key reason for identifying possible phenomenon is to ensure that the learning of science concepts are anchored around something that will engage students (make them wonder and ask questions), whereby they seek accurate, evidence-based explanations for how and why things occur by using the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Student participation in three-dimensional learning occurs as a classroom culture is established where students are continually asked to figure out phenomena or design solutions to problems (Krajcik, 2015). Much of science involves finding patterns in observations of phenomena (using the Crosscutting Concepts) and explaining them using a small number of science concepts (Disciplinary Core Ideas). For students to appreciate how science works, they need to engage in the Science and Engineering Practices to develop models of observations, construct explanations using scientific reasoning, and engage in argumentation with others to refine those models and explanations. Building progressively more sophisticated explanations of natural phenomena is central throughout the K-12 science experience (National Research Council, 2012).
This website has been developed in response to a need to help teachers identify grade level appropriate phenomena that could be incorporated into science instruction. #ProjectPhenomena is a collaboration of teacher, industry, university, and community organization leaders who want to help students engage in relevant, engaging, and meaningful phenomena as part of science process. For more information on how to become involved in this collaborative project, please contact:
San Diego County Office of Education
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
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.
of a Good Anchor Phenomenon for a Coherent Sequence of Science
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
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)
Resource to Support NGSS Engineering Standards
- 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
- CSTA Recommended Equipment Lists
CSTA believes that students learn science best by doing science. The California Next Generation Science Standards require teachers to engage their students in the science and engineering practices. In addition, the Williams settlement legislation has heightened concern for equal access for all students, requiring that all students have the resources they need to receive a quality education, including access to appropriate and adequate science laboratory equipment.
The lists represent the recommended minimum laboratory equipment, supplies, and related inventory required in order for a district to support and deliver standards-based instruction in science, grades K-12. The recommended inventories represent the materials that would be required for effective implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards.
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
- Curated Resources and Lesson Plans Aligned to
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
Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the
Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA
Standards: A Workshop Summary (2014)
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:
» Saturday Sessions: http://bit.ly/1Rbhzps
» Sunday Sessions:
and Short Courses with Handouts from the 2013 California
Science Education Conference in Palm Springs.
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)
About the Standards
Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools,
Kindergarten through Grade 12
FAQs on NGSS
Generation Science Standards Website (Achieve)
Science Standards Development and Adoption Timeline for
California (pdf) (CDE resource)
Development Fact Sheet (Achieve)
Department of Education NGSS Resources - including a
link to register with the NGSS listserv.
- PDF of Power Point: Next
Generation Science Standards for Today's Students and Tomorrow's
Workforce (.pdf, 7.5MB)
- Power Point developed
by Dean Gilbert and Phil Lafontaine: Next Generation Science
Standards for Today's Students and Tomorrow's Workforce
on the A K-12 Framework for Science Education: Practices,
Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
on the NGSS
video series presented by Paul Andersen, Bozemanscience,
covers the concepts contained within the K-12 Science Framework.
It contains 8 practices, 7 crosscutting concepts, and 44
disciplinary core ideas.
- The development of the Next Generation Science Standards
was guided by A
K-12 Framework for Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting
Concepts, and Core Ideas, authored by the National
Academy of Sciences. The Framework is available
for free download. A thorough understanding of this document
will facilitate your understanding of the Next Generation
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Accelerated
Model Course Pathways - a resource that offers
guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS
performance expectations into a compressed time frame. The
Accelerated Model Course Pathways are designed for high-achieving
students who want or need to pursue advanced level science
courses earlier in middle or high school, and at a more
rapid pace. (Achieve)
- EQuIP for Science Rubric Videos
Developed through a collaboration between Achieve and the
Teaching Channel, the video series uses rich conversations
emerging from a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
EQuIP training session to illustrate some important features
of NGSS-aligned instructional materials and classroom activities.
Each of the stand-alone videos focuses on educators using
different aspects of the EQuIP rubric and captures discussions
of what to look for in NGSS instructional materials, as
well as the evaluation and feedback process that the rubric
is designed to support. Each video also highlights some
of the common ideas and frequently asked questions that
emerge during an EQuIP for Science training session.
For teachers, this series explores what the NGSS might look
like in the classroom and how to think about shifts in the
instructional materials that will support a transition to
the standards. NGSS
EQuIP Rubric Video: Overview
EQuIP Rubric Video: 3-Dimensional Learning
EQuIP Rubric Video: Using Phenomena
EQuIP Rubric Video: Evidence of Student Learning