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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

Websites

Videos

Charts/Posters

Advocacy and Communication

Implementation

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

Phenomena

Course Mapping

NGSS Alignment Tools

Engineering

Integration of Technology

Project-Based Learning and NGSS

Assessment

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)

PhET Interactive Simulations (UC Boulder) Open resource with excellent interactive simulations for all levels and domains in science.

The Concord Consortium—this is a great site with sample interactive tasks searchable by combinations of DCI, practice and CCC; including Molecular Workbench, an open source site with interactive simulations

HHMI BiointeractiveFree science multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs with associated teacher guides and classroom activities. 

MIT BlossomsFree video lessons for high school available as streaming video, internet downloads and DVDs. 50-minute lessons include video segments, teacher’s guide, downloadable handouts and list of online resources.


Ecology Disrupted—High quality NGSS-aligned case study units developed by American Museum of Natural History for middle or high school students. Ecology Disrupted uses videos about scientific research to introduce students to environmental impacts that arise from familiar everyday human behaviors.  As students work with the researchers' data and analyses, they see how these impacts disrupt normal ecological functions even as they make everyday life more convenient.  Students are asked to consider how changing everyday activity might mitigate the human impact on the ecology of the natural world.

San Francisco Unified School District Middle School Science Core Curriculum—Instructional units for 6th grade are currently available with 7th and 8th grade ones in development.  These are NGSS-designed project-based lessons utilizing the 5E Instructional Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). Evidence-based reasoning for scientific explanations and engineering solutions to address real world problems is emphasized.

Achieve Website: Quality Examples of Science Lessons and Units—These are lessons and units that have been evaluated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science and found to be Examples of High Quality NGSS Design, Examples of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved, or Quality Works in Progress. Check the site regularly for added lessons/units.

 



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