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Ultimate NGSS Resource Guide

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2019

This is a running list of all the recommended and vetted (not a waste of your time or money) resources for NGSS/Framework implementation.

Please let us know if you have a resource you think should be added to our list. 

 Online NGSS Resources

(Glossary of NGSS terms)

An Educator's Guide to NGSS provides an open-source platform of resources for science educators in their quest to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Start by reading resources, practicing implementing NGSS little by little, and reflecting on classroom application, while earning points toward the four Educator's Guide badges. Earn all four badges and you'll become a Science Sage, ready to tackle NGSS in your classroom.

NGSS 5 Innovations The NGSS Innovations are the five most significant ways the NGSS advance science teaching and learning, when compared to previous standards and typical instructional and curricular practice in American schools. They build on the conceptual shifts described in Appendix A of the NGSS using lessons learned by educators and researchers since implementation efforts began to bring clarity and focus to what is truly innovative in the NGSS. As the key ways that the NGSS are new and different, these innovations also provide the intellectual framework PEEC uses to evaluate science instructional materials. This section describes each of the five NGSS Innovations and provides insight on how these innovations should be expected to appear in instructional materials.

Performance Expectations


 Understand more about using phenomena in your NGSS classroom:

Search for phenomena for your NGSS classroom:

  • Master List of Phenomenon from Paul Andersen’s Wonder of Science website: “an open Google doc that lists all phenomenon we have aggregated.  These phenomenon will be tagged and added to the website (with relevant links, videos, and images) over time.”
  • Searchable Phenomena: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/
  • #Project Phenomena: Searchable database of phenomena
  • Make your own Phenomena Gifs Tutorials here
  • StemTeachingTool#58:  How can science instruction leverage and develop student interests? Short answer: In so many different ways!
  • A phenomenon-driven three-dimensional instructional task is not a lesson plan, but is intended to guide instructional decisions. Three-dimensional learning is not limited to one specific type of lesson format and is compatible with most lesson plan models. Each IT is intended to provide enough information so that teachers can create and adapt meaningful learning experiences relevant to the culture of their classroom and students, while not being so prescriptive as to hinder the creativity and personalization that professional educators bring to the craft of teaching. As such, teachers should use the suggestions provided in the IT to guide their thought processes as they plan for the 3D learning experiences in their classroom. These recommendations are meant to be used and adapted as needed and we hope that the information presented here inspires teachers to find and utilize phenomena to plan for other 3D learning experiences for their students. The instructional tasks:https://learn.k20center.ou.edu/scienceresources.html
  • CA Environmental Phenomena resources

NGSS 3 Dimensional teaching/learning

  • CCC progressions:  This link  sends you to the NSTA hub for NGSS. You will find the list of CCC and if you click on an individual one it will send you to the progressions of skills from k-12. This is helpful when planning. 
  • SEP progressions: This link  sends you to the NSTA hub for NGSS. You will find the list of SEP and if you click on an individual one it will send you to the progressions of skills from k-12. This is helpful when planning. 
  • DCI progressions: This link  sends you to the NSTA hub for NGSS. You will find the list of SEP and if you click on an individual one it will send you to the progressions of skills from k-12. This is helpful when planning. 

Cross Cutting Concepts

Learn about Crosscutting Concepts

 Classroom resources

SEP Resource Guide


3D Performance Tasks and lesson plans

3D Assessments Resource Guide

  • Steps To Designing a Three Dimensional Assessment
  • Wisconsin three-dimensional assessments:links to some initial work from across the country on 3D assessment, some ideas for creating these types of tasks, and tools for working with students' misconceptions in assessment. 
  • Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards
  • Classroom Science Assessment Examples from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • This suite of resources includes annotated examples of assessment tasks for elementary, middle, and high school as well as a series of short resources that highlight the major takeaways across the whole project.
  • Take online courses from Stanford NGSS Assessment program 
  • Publicly available NGSS assessment tasks in a spreadsheet indexed by a number of relevant categories, including PE, DCI, SEP, and CCC.
  • These resources utilize phenomena to facilitate 3D learning, instruction, and formative assessment. Each set contains three documents:

    • Instructional Task (IT)
    • Matched formative Assessment Task (AT)
    • Associated Pattern Analysis of Student Thinking (PAST)


NGSS Units: 

Storyline resources

  NGSS Teaching Strategies

Driving Question Boards:  

  • online tool that can be used like a Driving Question Board. The program is called Padlet. It allows the instructor to post a question and students can respond with text, images, and more. Once the board is complete, the instructor can print a PDF copy for records. Here is the link 
  • Video describing DQB
  • journal article on DQB 

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