Selected Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Blogs and Websites
- California Classroom Science NGSS Blog
- NGSS Early Implementers Blog
- CA NGSS Resource Center (San Diego County Office of Education)
- CoreLaborate: Science Blog out of NGSS-Adoption State of Washington
- Exploring NGSS (Sonoma County Office of Education)
- Adventures in Learning
For more blog options search the NGSS Blog Twitter Hashtag: #NGSSBlogs.
CSTA Facebook Groups
These groups are active and exclusive to educators that meet those descriptors. Ask questions, share resources, get answers – join today! To join a group, please submit a request on that page:
- California Elementary Science Teachers
- California Middle School Science Teachers
- California High School Science Teachers
- California Science District Coaches
- California Science Education Faculty
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Primary (K-2) Grades Sciences
- Intermediate (3-5) Grades Sciences
- Middle (6-8) Grades Sciences
The equipment listed in the high school lists below should be available in every high school so that regardless of which course sequencing model is selected students and teachers have access to these materials.
- High School Physics
- High School Chemistry
- High School Biology/Life Science
- High School Earth/Space Science
- Primary (K-2) Grades Sciences
- 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.
- Video 1: Energy & Matter Across Science Disciplines (High School)
- Video 2: Making Claims from Evidence (2nd Grade)
- Video 3: First Steps Towards Transitioning to the NGSS (All Grades)
- Video 4: Working as a Team (K-5)
- 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)
About the Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade 12
- CDE FAQs on NGSS
- Next Generation Science Standards Website (Achieve)
- NGSS/New Science Standards Development and Adoption Timeline for California (pdf) (CDE resource)
- NGSS Development Fact Sheet (Achieve)
- California 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 (.ppt, 20MB)
- Webinar on the A K-12 Framework for Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
- Webinar on the NGSS
- YouTube 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 Science Standards.
- 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 NGSS 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
NGSS EQuIP Rubric Video: 3-Dimensional Learning
NGSS EQuIP Rubric Video: Using Phenomena
NGSS EQuIP Rubric Video: Evidence of Student Learning