Next Generation Science (NGSS)

NYS approved the new science standards in December of 2016.  The NGSS are designed to give students a deeper understanding of science topics and practices.

The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn and describes in detail are listed below:
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information 

Cross-Cutting Concepts There are three major components with which science education should be constructed:
a. scientific and engineering practices
b. cross-cutting concepts that unify their common application across fields
c. core ideas in the major disciplines of natural science
cross-cutting practices that connect and unite the core ideas:
1. Patterns
2. Cause and effect
3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
4. Systems and system models
5. Energy and matter
6. Structure and function
7. Stability and change


(all above info taken from

Teacher Resources:
P-12 Next Generation Science Standards
Get to Know the Standards
BetterLesson - Lesson plans
NGSS National Science Teacher Associations - Lesson Plans
Access Standards by Content - NGSS@NSTA Lesson Plans