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.

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

2-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
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2-LS4-1
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
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LS4.D
There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
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Stability and Change
Things may change slowly or rapidly.

Earth’s Place in the Universe

2-ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
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2-ESS1-1
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Make observations from several sources to construct an evidence-based account for natural phenomena.
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ESS1.C
Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe.
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Stability and Change
Things may change slowly or rapidly.

Earth’s Systems

2-ESS2: Earth’s Systems
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2-ESS2-1
Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Compare multiple solutions to a problem.
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ESS2.A
Wind and water can change the shape of the land.
ETS1.C
Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs.
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Stability and Change
Things may change slowly or rapidly.
2-ESS2-2
Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model to represent patterns in the natural world.
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ESS2.B
Maps show where things are located. One can map the shapes and kinds of land and water in any area.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed.
2-ESS2-3
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
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Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Obtain information using various texts, text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons), and other media that will be useful in answering a scientific question.
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ESS2.C
Water is found in the ocean, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Water exists as solid ice and in liquid form.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural world can be observed.

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

2-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
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Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question.
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LS2.A
Plants depend on water and light to grow.
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Cause and Effect
Events have causes that generate observable patterns.
2-LS2-2
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a simple model based on evidence to represent a proposed object or tool.
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ETS1.B
Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.
LS2.A
Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.
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Structure and Function
The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

Matter and Its Interactions

2-PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
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2-PS1-1
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions. Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question.
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PS1.A
Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observable properties.
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Patterns
Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed.
2-PS1-2
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyze data from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.
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PS1.A
Different properties are suited to different purposes.
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Cause and Effect
Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.
2-PS1-3
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.
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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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PS1.A
Different properties are suited to different purposes.
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Energy and Matter
Objects may break into smaller pieces and be put together into larger pieces, or change shapes.
2-PS1-4
Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Construct an argument with evidence to support a claim.
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PS1.B
Heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. Sometimes these changes are reversible, and sometimes they are not.
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Cause and Effect
Events have causes that generate observable patterns.