Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Teaching Resources

Next Generation Science Standards


The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize exactly what National Geographic Learning has been delivering all along:

  • Hands-on Science and Engineering Practice
  • Real world connections to science concepts
  • Strong coordination with math, literacy and writing

The future of science instruction in NGSS is based not only on student understanding of content but the application of that content in a real world setting through Scientific and Engineering Practices. We deliver this experience best through our Explorers and scientists introducing students to methods and processes of conducting real science and how real-world problems can be solved. Fulfilling the NGSS with National Geographic Learning will allow you to teach the new standards while bringing the world into your classroom.


* The NGSS logo is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

NGSS Background and Shifts


Teaching to the NGSS


In April 2013, a collection of national science organizations and states released the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With public input from educators throughout the process, the NGSS expand on the strengths of previous standards. The NGSS also add a clear definition of engineering and technology, and present a rationale for their integration with a set of disciplinary core ideas from Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Sciences.


Several key shifts in how the standards are constructed and presented will impact science instruction and how teachers engage students with science content and materials.


Question Mark

Shift from Inquiry to Practices

One of the dimensions of the NGSS is "Scientific and Engineering Practices". Practices are considered an improvement over previous approaches because they:

  • Emphasize multiple scientific procedures to mastering the standards
  • Reinforce the idea that there is more than one scientific method
  • Encompass both scientific practices and engineering design

NGSS Red Bullseye

Shift to Limit the Number of Core Ideas

Another shift is a stated intent to recognize that learning is a developmental progression that is best built upon a limited number of core ideas in science and engineering. Throughout the NGSS, there is a significant reduction in the number of topics from traditional science disciplines and greater consideration of human impacts. While fewer in number, the core ideas will encompass a broader range of content, overall.


Gold Burst for CCS

Shift to a Direct Connection with Common Core

Because the release of the NGSS followed the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and Math, they were developed to connect directly with literacy and math grade level standards. This eases the friction for teachers who previously struggled with science text complexity that did not match their students reading ability. Literacy and math are now integrated directly into the NGSS making it easier for teachers to connect them within a single lesson.


* The NGSS logo is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Explorers and Scientists


National Geographic Explorers and scientists lead the way to the NGSS


Gain exclusive access to National Geographic Explorers and scientists whose expertise in conducting real world science will lead you and your students to success with the NGSS. Introduce the new standards to students with experts in their fields who use real science methods and practices every day. Let our Explorers help your students learn key NGSS concepts including:

  • Emphasize multiple scientific procedures to mastering the standards
  • Reinforce the idea that there is more than one scientific method
  • Encompass both scientific practices and engineering design

Below are a few of the many Explorers, scientists, and photographers who share their real-life science practices with students.

T. H. Culhane
T. H. Culhane
National Geographic
Emerging Explorer,
Urban Planner
Albert Yu-Min Lin
Albert Yu-Min Lin
National Geographic
Emerging Explorer,
Archaeologist/Engineer
Ainissa Ramirez Ainissa Ramirez
Materials Scientist

See a sample Unit Launch Video from the National Geographic Science program.

Resources and Links

  • Learn how the NGSS were developed and download your free copy of the standards at the main website for the NGSS.
  • The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) played a large role in developing the standards and are a main source for information and teacher support in implementing the NGSS.
  • The group Achieve managed the development of the NGSS in conjunction with many other partners. Find out more and see additional resources.
  • The NGSS were developed using elements from the National Research Council (NRC) A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Learn more and download the Framework.

Product Solutions


Choose from a variety of core and supplemental programs designed for successful NGSS implementation. All of our NGSS programs are available in digital formats including interactive
eBooks for the most engaging NGSS experience available.


Core Solutions


Exploring Science

Exploring Science

Grades K-5


Simplify Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) instruction with this easy to implement, yet fully supportive NGSS program.

  • Focus in-depth on 100% of the NGSS for grades K–5
  • Introduce real research with National Geographic Explorers
  • Connect NGSS content with investigations, engineering practices, and case studies for complete NGSS emersion
Next Generation Science

Next Generation Science

Grades K-5


Master 100% of the NGSS with this comprehensive solution designed to fully support science practices, hands-on inquiry, and literacy for all levels of learners.

  • Combine broad science background with focused, in-depth NGSS coverage
  • Complete teacher support to successfully implement the NGSS
  • National Geographic Explorers and scientists guide students to meet the NGSS
Environmental

Environmental Science: Sustaining Your World

Grades 9-12


Elevate Environmental Science instruction with the only high school program built with National Geographic content, images, and Explorers.

  • Address the Next Generation Science Standards by integrating 3-dimensional learning
  • Hands-on labs and engineering activities meet STEM needs
  • Content focused on core environmental issues while incorporating current research on solutions-based outcomes

Supplemental Solutions


National Geographic Ladders Science

National Geographic Ladders Science

Grades 2-8


Deliver captivating science content to your classroom with leveled science readers.

  • Teach content from NGSS topics
  • Support teachable moments—a variety of science topics to meet lesson plan needs
  • National Geographic Explorers inspire students to love STEM fields