Next Generation Science Standards 


Project Learning Tree is committed to supporting educators in providing instructional opportunities to help meet science education standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) define what students should know or be able to do at the end of instruction to meet science benchmarks based a three-dimensional approach. Within NGSS, the three dimensions are called Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. This approach enables students to develop aptitude in science content knowledge, proficiency in the practices used by scientists and engineers, and a broader understanding of the concepts that span scientific fields. PLT recommends the adoption and implementation of NGSS as an effective and research-based approach to transform science education and work toward accomplishing these goals. 

Read more about how PLT and NGSS align: PLT and the Next Generation Science Standards: Built on a Common Foundation

Correlated PLT curricula provides opportunities to explore the three science dimensions, building students’ knowledge and understanding through phenomenon-based instruction. We hope the resources below help you and your students begin to make connections between and within the NGSS Framework

E-Units for Grades K-2, 3-5, & 6-8

PLT’s three E-Units are hands-on and engaging activities that help make teaching and learning fun. Each E-Unit features comprehensive, interactive connections to academic standards: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies. The e-units are constructed around targeted performance expectations and 5E instructional model of NGSS. 

Learn more about PLT’s K-2 E-Unit Treemendous Science!, 3-5 E-Unit Energy in Ecosystems, and 6-8 E-Unit Carbon & Climate

Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers PLT-Green-Jobs-Curriculum-Cover

PLT’s new Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers includes four hands-on instructional activities that help youth explore forest-related careers and get excited about green jobs. Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers can be used not only to support three-dimensional teaching and learning of science, but to advance a specific middle school PE: MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. (Note: Keep in mind that no single lesson can fully meet a PE.)

Download the NGSS Correlations Toolkit which includes guiding questions, a list of science connections, and explicit NGSS correlations for each activity. Each is organized around the three dimensions of science, making it useful for educators even if their state has not adopted NGSS.

Energy & Society Connections to NGSS

The six activities in PLT’s Energy & Society kit have been correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for graes K-8. 

Download the crosswalk between PLT’s Energy & Society materials and NGSS.

Place We Live Connections to NGSS

PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Place We Live has been correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades 9-12. 

Download the crosswalk between PLT’s Place We Live and NGSS

More NGSS Resources