Next Generation Science Standards Explorer

Are you a STEM, STEAM, and/or science teacher looking for great edtech for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Browse hundreds of apps, games, and websites evaluated by our expert reviewers and tagged for relevant Performance Expectations (PEs).

To find the right tool for your NGSS-aligned activities, lessons, and curriculum: select a grade, choose a topic, and then find the PE that interests you. Click the green arrow on the right-hand side of the PE to see a list of suggested tools. Just below each PE you’ll see three NGSS dimensions – Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), and Crosscutting Concepts (CC) – for quick and easy reference.

Earth’s Place in the Universe

1-ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
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1-ESS1-1
Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
16
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions.
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ESS1.A
Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
1-ESS1-2
Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
5
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data that can be used to make comparisons.
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ESS1.B
Seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset can be observed, described, and predicted.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

1-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
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1-LS1-1
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
2
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use materials to design a device that solves a specific problem or a solution to a specific problem.
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LS1.A
All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots
LS1.D
Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs.
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Structure and Function
The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
1-LS1-2
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
5
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Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Read grade-appropriate texts and use media to obtain scientific information to determine patterns in the natural world.
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LS1.B
Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.

Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

1-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
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1-LS3-1
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
5
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence-based account for natural phenomena.
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LS3.A
Young animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents. Plants also are very much, but not exactly, like their parents.
LS3.B
Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.

Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

1-PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
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1-PS4-1
Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
7
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question.
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PS4.A
Sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound.
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Cause and Effect
Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.
1-PS4-2
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.
5
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence-based account for natural phenomena.
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PS4.B
Objects can be seen if light is available to illuminate them or if they give off their own light.
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Cause and Effect
Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.
1-PS4-3
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
7
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question.
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PS4.B
Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through and others block all the light and create a dark shadow on any surface beyond them, where the light cannot reach. Mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam. (Boundary
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Cause and Effect
Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.
1-PS4-4
Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.
3
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use tools and materials provided to design a device that solves a specific problem.
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PS4.C
People also use a variety of devices to communicate (send and receive information) over long distances.
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