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 and Human Activity

4-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
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4-ESS3-1
Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
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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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ESS3.A
Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources, and their use affects the environment in multiple ways. Some resources are renewable over time, and others are not.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.
4-ESS3-2
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the design solution.
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ESS3.B
A variety of hazards result from natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions). Humans cannot eliminate the hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts.
ETS1.B
Testing a solution involves investigating how well it performs under a range of likely conditions.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.

Earth’s Place in the Universe

4-ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
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4-ESS1-1
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Identify the evidence that supports particular points in an explanation.
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ESS1.C
Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.
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Patterns
Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.

Earth’s Systems

4-ESS2: Earth’s Systems
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Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
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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.
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ESS2.A
Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around.
ESS2.E
Living things affect the physical characteristics of their regions.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.
4-ESS2-2
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyze and interpret data to make sense of phenomena using logical reasoning.
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ESS2.B
The locations of mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, ocean floor structures, earthquakes, and volcanoes occur in patterns. Most earthquakes and volcanoes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans. Major mountain ch
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Patterns
Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.

Energy

4-PS3: Energy
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4-PS3-1
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Use evidence (e.g., measurements, observations, patterns) to construct an explanation.
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PS3.A
The faster a given object is moving, the more energy it possesses.
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Energy and Matter
Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.
4-PS3-2
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Make observations 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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PS3.A
Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents.
PS3.B
Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat. When objects collide, energy can be transferred from one object to another, thereby changing their motion. In such collisions, some energy is typically also transferred to the sur
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Energy and Matter
Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.
4-PS3-3
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
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Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Ask questions that can be investigated and predict reasonable outcomes based on patterns such as cause and effect relationships.
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PS3.A
Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents.
PS3.B
Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat. When objects collide, energy can be transferred from one object to another, thereby changing their motion. In such collisions, some energy is typically also transferred to the sur
PS3.C
When objects collide, the contact forces transfer energy so as to change the objects’ motions.
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Energy and Matter
Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.
4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Apply scientific ideas to solve design problems.
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ETS1.A
Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution (criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compare
PS3.B
Energy can also be transferred from place to place by electric currents, which can then be used locally to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. The currents may have been produced to begin with by transforming the energy of motion into electrical energy
PS3.D
The expression “produce energy” typically refers to the conversion of stored energy into a desired form for practical use.
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Energy and Matter
Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

4-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
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Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Construct an argument with evidence, data, and/or a model.
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LS1.A
Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.
4-LS1-2
Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
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Developing and Using Models
Use a model to test interactions concerning the functioning of a natural system.
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LS1.D
Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal’s brain. Animals are able to use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

4-PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
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4-PS4-1
Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model using an analogy, example, or abstract representation to describe a scientific principle.
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PS4.A
Waves, which are regular patterns of motion, can be made in water by disturbing the surface. When waves move across the surface of deep water, the water goes up and down in place; there is no net motion in the direction of the wave except when the water m
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Patterns
Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort and classify natural phenomena.
4-PS4-2
Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model to describe phenomena.
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PS4.B
An object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified.
4-PS4-3
Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.
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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the design solution.
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ETS1.C
Different solutions need to be tested in order to determine which of them best solves the problem, given the criteria and the constraints.
PS4.C
Digitized information can be transmitted over long distances without significant degradation. High-tech devices, such as computers or cell phones, can receive and decode information—convert it from digitized form to voice—and vice versa.
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Patterns
Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort and classify designed products.