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

5-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
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5-ESS3-1
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Obtain and combine information from books and/or other reliable media to explain phenomena or solutions to a design problem.
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ESS3.C
Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth’s resources and environments.
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Earth’s Place in the Universe

5-ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
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5-ESS1-1
Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.
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ESS1.A
The sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth.
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Natural objects exist from the very small to the immensely large.
5-ESS1-2
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Represent data in graphical displays (bar graphs, pictographs and/or pie charts) to reveal patterns that indicate relationships.
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ESS1.B
The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shad
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Patterns
Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, communicate and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena.

Earth’s Systems

5-ESS2: Earth’s Systems
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5-ESS2-1
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model using an example to describe a scientific principle.
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ESS2.A
Earth’s major systems are the geosphere (solid and molten rock, soil, and sediments), the hydrosphere (water and ice), the atmosphere (air), and the biosphere (living things, including humans). These systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth’s sur
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.
5-ESS2-2
Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
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Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Describe and graph quantities such as area and volume to address scientific questions.
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ESS2.C
Nearly all of Earth’s available water is in the ocean. Most fresh water is in glaciers or underground; only a tiny fraction is in streams, lakes, wetlands, and the atmosphere.
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight and volume.

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

5-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
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Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model to describe phenomena.
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LS2.A
The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. Some organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down dead
LS2.B
Matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals, and microbes as these organisms live and die. Organisms obtain gases, and water, from the environment, and release waste matter (gas, liquid, or solid) back into the environment.
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Systems and System Models
A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Energy

5-PS3: Energy
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5-PS3-1
Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
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Developing and Using Models
Use models to describe phenomena.
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LS1.C
Food provides animals with the materials they need for body repair and growth and the energy they need to maintain body warmth and for motion.
PS3.D
The energy released [from] food was once energy from the sun that was captured by plants in the chemical process that forms plant matter (from air and water).
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Energy and Matter
Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

5-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
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5-LS1-1
Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.
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LS1.C
Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.
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Energy and Matter
Matter is transported into, out of, and within systems.

Matter and Its Interactions

5-PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
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5-PS1-1
Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
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Developing and Using Models
Develop a model to describe phenomena.
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PS1.A
Matter of any type can be subdivided into particles that are too small to see, but even then the matter still exists and can be detected by other means. A model showing that gases are made from matter particles that are too small to see and are moving fre
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Natural objects exist from the very small to the immensely large.
5-PS1-2
Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.
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Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Measure and graph quantities such as weight to address scientific and engineering questions and problems.
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PS1.A
The amount (weight) of matter is conserved when it changes form, even in transitions in which it seems to vanish.
PS1.B
No matter what reaction or change in properties occurs, the total weight of the substances does not change. (Boundary: Mass and weight are not distinguished at this grade level.)
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight, time, temperature, and volume.
5-PS1-3
Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Make observations and measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon.
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PS1.A
Measurements of a variety of properties can be used to identify materials. (Boundary: At this grade level, mass and weight are not distinguished, and no attempt is made to define the unseen particles or explain the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation an
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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight, time, temperature, and volume.
5-PS1-4
Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
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Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
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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PS1.B
When two or more different substances are mixed, a new substance with different properties may be formed.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

5-PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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5-PS2-1
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
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Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.
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PS2.B
The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth’s surface pulls that object toward the planet’s center.
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Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.