Next Generation Science Standards are grouped into four domains of physical, life, earth and space sciences; engineering, technology and applications of science and the nature of science.
The NGSS is based on a 3-D Model of Instruction which includes:1. Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) of physical, life, earth and space science and engineering and technologya. These DCI can be broken down by grade level bands.1. Grade K-2a. Kindergarten DCI.b. 1st Grade DCI.c. 2nd Grade DCI.Grade 3-5a. 3rd Grade DCI.b. 4th Grade DCI.6-8 band9-12 bandYou can use the NGSS (Main Website) to look up specific Grade Level DCI2. Science and Engineering Practices (students use these strategies to ask questions or solve an engineering problem)a. Asking Questions (for Science) and Defining Problems (for engineering)b. Developing and Using models.c. Planning and carrying out investigations.d. Analyzing and interpreting data. e. Using mathematics and computational thinking.f. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).g. Engaging in argument(s) from evidence. * Evidence statements for K-5 and grade 6-8 and high schoolh. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.a. Patternsb. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanationEducators and administrators should also review Appendices I: Engineering Design and Appendices J: Science Technology, Society and the Environment.Department of Education sponsored Professional Development (PD)a. NGS-CT: Online Professional Development Modulesb. NGSX : now open for NGSX Study Groups beginning in January 2016 and continuing through winter, spring and summer 2016. Learn about Next Generation Science approaches to teaching and learning that will help you to make informed and appropriate NGSS modifications to your curriculum, your classroom culture, and your instructional materials.b. NSTA Learning Center provides science grade level or content training.c. NSTA's Science Publications; provides articles some of them are free on NGSS implementation, Project-based or Inquiry Based science, writing and reading strategies for classroom implementation. You can even review previous publicationsd. The Lewis Center has organized and linked some free You Tube online resources (less than 30 minute) NGSS Training Videos and Breakdown of NGSS Bands and Concepts.