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

3-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
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3-LS4-1
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyze and interpret data to make sense of phenomena using logical reasoning.
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LS4.A
Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere.
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Observable phenomena exist from very short to very long time periods.
3-LS4-2
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use evidence (e.g., observations, patterns) to construct an explanation.
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LS4.B
Sometimes the differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.
3-LS4-3
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Construct an argument with evidence.
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LS4.C
For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.
3-LS4-4
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem by citing relevant evidence about how it meets the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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LS2.C
When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some
LS4.D
Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there.
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Earth and Human Activity

3-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
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Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem by citing relevant evidence about how it meets the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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ESS3.B
A variety of natural hazards result from natural processes. Humans cannot eliminate natural hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.

Earth’s Systems

3-ESS2: Earth’s Systems
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Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Represent data in tables and various graphical displays (bar graphs and pictographs) to reveal patterns that indicate relationships.
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ESS2.D
Scientists record patterns of the weather across different times and areas so that they can make predictions about what kind of weather might happen next.
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Patterns
Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.
3-ESS2-2
Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
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Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Obtain and combine information from books and other reliable media to explain phenomena.
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ESS2.D
Climate describes a range of an area's typical weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over years.
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Patterns
Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

3-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
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Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Construct an argument with evidence, data, and/or a model.
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LS2.D
Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and vary dramatically in size.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

3-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
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Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop models to describe phenomena.
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LS1.B
Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plants and animals have unique and diverse life cycles.
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Patterns
Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.
3-LS1-2
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use evidence (e.g., observations, patterns) to support an explanation.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.

Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

3-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
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Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyze and interpret data to make sense of phenomena using logical reasoning.
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LS3.A
Many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents.
LS3.B
Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information.
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Patterns
Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort and classify natural phenomena.
3-LS3-2
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use evidence (e.g., observations, patterns) to support an explanation.
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LS3.A
Other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment.
LS3.B
The environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

3-PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
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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, using fair tests in which variables are controlled and the number of trials considered.
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PS2.A
Each force acts on one particular object and has both strength and a direction. An object at rest typically has multiple forces acting on it, but they add to give zero net force on the object. Forces that do not sum to zero can cause changes in the object
PS2.B
Objects in contact exert forces on each other.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified.
3-PS2-2
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Make observations and/or measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon or test a design solution.
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PS2.A
The patterns of an object’s motion in various situations can be observed and measured; when that past motion exhibits a regular pattern, future motion can be predicted from it. (Boundary: Technical terms, such as magnitude, velocity, momentum, and vector
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Patterns
Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.
3-PS2-3
Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
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Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Ask questions that can be investigated based on patterns such as cause and effect relationships.
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PS2.B
Electric, and magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require that the objects be in contact. The sizes of the forces in each situation depend on the properties of the objects and their distances apart and, for forces between two magnets, on thei
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.
3-PS2-4
Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.
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Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
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PS2.B
Electric, and magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require that the objects be in contact. The sizes of the forces in each situation depend on the properties of the objects and their distances apart and, for forces between two magnets, on thei
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