Next Generation Science Standards Resources

Below are a variety of resources on the NGSS to support educators in the implementation of the new state science standards.  

NGSS Basics

Foundations of NGSS

NGSS Appendices

Supporting Publications/Articles




Advocacy and Communication


Professional Development

Curriculum Development

Sample NGSS Curriculum Models

Curriculum Development

  • Bundling the NGSS — Achieve developed sample bundles of PEs for all levels as well as great tools like the Example Bundle Guide for learning about the bundling process in curriculum development. 
  • Teachers Try Science — Sample environmental science lessons, some evaluated and revised using the EQuIP rubric
  • Ambitious Science Teaching While not explicitly designed around the NGSS, the site presents a vision of ambitious science instruction that “aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science ideas, participate in the activities of the discipline, and solve authentic problems.”
  • Next Generation Science Storylines: Excellent site with sample coherent units of instruction based on an anchoring phenomenon and developed around a storyline; all levels; expert team led by Brian Reiser
  • Curriculum Materials Make a Difference for Next Generation Science Learning -- Research article that identifies the importance of good curriculum materials and professional learning for teachers
  • Five Tools and Processes for NGSS—a project of the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with BSCS and WestEd provides 5 tools along with facilitation guides to help teachers develop instructional sequences and assessment tasks with conceptual coherence
  • NGSS Card Decks American Museum of Natural History Five Tools and Processes training materials; middle and high school cards for individual PEs, SEPs, CCCs and DCIs; useful for developing curriculum framework across grade bands


Course Mapping

NGSS Alignment Tools


Integration of Technology

Project-Based Learning and NGSS


Reports and Articles

Sample NGSS Assessments

STEM Teaching Tools on Assessment


Common Core Connections

Diversity and Equity

Instructional Resources

Next Gen Navigator Newsletters-A monthly e-newsletter delivering information, insights, resources, and professional learning-opportunities for science educators by science educators on the Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional instruction.

Smithsonian Science How-Excellent resource that connects your students via video webcasts and online text chats to Smithsonian research and experts.  Free media-rich instructional resources are also available through the site.

Science Friday Educator Collaborative - An educator collaborative comprised of experienced educators who were selected from hundreds of applicants based on their exceptional approaches to STEM teaching and enthusiasm. Five of the seven teachers are from states that have adopted the NGSS. Check out the resources here, and the SciFri monthly education newsletter here (you can sign up to receive Science Friday experiments and lesson idea each month)

High Quality Examples of NGSS Lessons and Units, a list of materials that have gone through full EQuIP reviews by the Peer Review Panel

Site Documents

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PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint

XLS - Microsoft Excel