Science Resources for NGSS

All About NGSS

NGSS Standards
This link will bring you to all of the NGSS standards for grades K-12.
Format: PDF
NGSS Standards by Section
If you do not want to see all of the standards, this website will allow you to choose which standards you would like to view by grade and subject.
Format: website
Disciplinary Core Ideas
This is a great tool to see the progression of science phenomena and ideas as we progress through each grade.
Format: PDF
3-Dimensions of Learning
The National Resource Council's framework for science practices focuses on three main concepts-- practices, crosscutting, and disciplinary core ideas.
Format: website
The National Science Teacher's Association provides the latest news and research on NGSS.  This website provides help on ways to use the standards to plan curriculum and lessons.
Format: website

Resources for All Teachers

Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media
PBS Learning provides resources and sample projects for teachers at all grade levels.  Activities are divided into categories of elementary, middle, and high school to provide age-relevant science ideas.
Format: website
Teach Engineering
This website offers sample curriculum, lessons, and activities for students grades K-12 that integrates engineering into core subject areas.
Format: website
This online resource database is continuously updated to provide a plethora of standards-based lessons for grades K-12.  These lessons align directly with various science performance tasks.
Format: website
PBS Learning Media
Similar to the Engineering Design link above, this website provides standards-based resources for teachers at all grade levels.  You can choose the subject and grade level for a bank of activities and lessons.
Format: website
Understanding Science
This resource library provides classroom activities, labs, and projects for students at all grade levels.  These lessons are content-specific and align with NGSS.
Format: website
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides digital field books for students to explore various concepts.  This website has a ton of video lessons for students to take virtual field trips.
Format: website
This website provides lesson plans, classroom activities, outreach programs, and additional resources that connect engineering to science concepts.
Format: website
Steven's Institute of Technology offers unit projects to teach NGSS-align content. These projects are nationwide and connect students with others from across the country as they learn together.
Format: website

Resources for Elementary School Teachers

The Concord Consortium- Elementary
This website provides sample activities and lessons geared towards elementary school science
Format: website
Corkboard Connections
This blog prepares elementary teachers for NGSS.  It provides guidelines, from an elementary school teacher, to help transition to the new style of teaching.
Format: website
Engineering is Elementary
Boston's Museum of Science provides Engineering curricula and ideas for grades 1-8.  These lessons and activities can be done inside or outside the classroom.
Format: website

Resources for Middle School / High School Teachers

Sophia- Next Gen Tutorials and Pathways
This website is geared towards making teachers more comfortable with the content they will be teaching.  The interactive links provide quizzes for teachers to test their understanding and provide explanations for how to teach tricky subjects.
Format: website
Bozeman Science Tutorials
This website provides video tutorials on science content and core ideas to help teachers feel more confident in the subjects they teach.
Format: web-based video
Lewis Center for Education
This website provides sample labs and activities that align with NGSS.  These lessons are web-based and interactive for students to learn while doing.
Format: website
CK-12 Foundation
This foundation aims to help students learn in their own way. This website provides eTextbooks for any subject matter in middle and high school. You can sign up for free!
Format: eTextbooks
Find Your Path Through NGSS
The Concord Consortium allows teachers to choose practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts to explore in comprehensive activities and labs.
Format: website

iPad Apps For NGSS and Aligned Content

App Name/Link
Next Generation Science
This app allows teachers, students, and parents to view the NGSS standards in an easy to read and easy to understand format.  This app allows you to search for a particular standard to view standards aligned to a specific subject.

Audience: Teachers, Parents, MS/HS Students
Price: Free
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This app provides a highly visual and interactive catalogue to align with planetary science units.  This app allows students to explore planets orbiting suns outside our solar system and is contiuously updated to provide up-to-date information on exoplanets that have been discovered and are currently being investigated by scientists.

Audience: MS/HS Students
Price: Free
Gene Screen
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This app allows students to explore recessive genes to align with genetics and heredity units.  Students can explore physical traits and hereditary diseases.  They can also explore how certain diseases are more prevelant than others.

Audience: MS/HS Students
Price: Free
Max and Ruby Science Educational Games
This app is catered to introducing science topics to young students.  This game is interactive and provides games to enhance awareness of physical science concepts.

Audience: Pre-K to Grade 1
Price: Free
MS Life Science Buddy
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This app gears towards middle school biology by providing interactive lessons, daily news in biology and science, YouTube-based videos, flash cards, and quizzes.  This app was created by a middle school science teacher to be a helpful resource to teachers and students.

Audience: MS Students, MS Teachers
Price: $1.99
Ocean Science
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This app provides a journey through the oceans via videos, 360° pictures, animations, and motion graphics.  

Audience: Older Elementary, MS/HS Students
Price: $2.99
Science Mobile
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This app allows you to read summaries, abstracts, and full-length articles from science magazines.  It provides up-to-date news on what is happening in the field of science and allows you to access weekly podcasts and other multimedia to stay in the know.

Audience: Teachers, MS/HS Students
Price: Free
Click and Learn
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This app provides interactive biology modules for students.  These hands-on activities have video resources and animations to teach Earth history, climate change, evolution, neurobiology, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, stem cells, and genetics concepts.

Audience: MS/HS Students
Price: Free
Just Science
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This app features a color-coded map of the world that displays how the Earth’s land temperature has changed between 1800 and 2009. Monthly data from local recording stations produce a red, green, and blue global visualization of the temperature’s deviation from historical average.  The information provides comes from 39,000 stations located around the world to ensure accuracy.

Audience: MS/HS Students
Price: Free
The Rock Cycle
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This app was designed by a middle school student to teach the rock cycle in an interactive way.  Students can follow the story of the rock cycle with interactive animations, diagrams, and games.

Audience: Elementary Students, MS Students
Price: Free
Shout Science!
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This app comes in the form of a comic storybook about science discovery and famous scientists.  Along with stories, students will have the opportunity to explore interactive animations, interactions, and sound to promote reading comprehension and content understanding.

Audience: Elementary Students
Price: Free
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This app provides over 80 hands-on science lessons for the home and classroom.  These videos offer easy-to-create and inexpensive experiments that will excite and inspire students at all ages.

Audience: Elementary Students, MS/HS Students
Price: Free