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Middle School NGSS

Are you a Middle School Science Teacher? Does your state follow NGSS standards? 

🏫 It can be hard to make sure you are covering all of the Middle School NGSS standards. It is time-consuming to redo all your current lesson plans to make sure they are aligned with the Middle School NGSS standards.

💸 Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the resources you need in one place? And for a discount? Who doesn’t love a good deal?

🌎 Do you want a full year Middle School NGSS Bundle from someone who understands NGSS?

✅ If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have the perfect bundle for you! This is a middle school bundle that covers ALL the Middle School NGSS Science Standards. This Middle School Science Bundle addresses all the DCIs for Middle School NGSS.

Middle School NGSS

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  • phenomena-based resources
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Included in this Bundle:

  • Suggested Daily Schedules
  • 5 E Lesson Plans
  • Slide Shows
  • Reading Passages
  • Response Pages
  • Labs
  • Lab Pages
  • Interactive Notebook Inserts
  • Assessments
  • Answer Keys
Middle School NGSS

What exactly are the Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS?

Within the NGSS, there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These three dimensions are combined to form each standard, and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. Engineering and technology are featured alongside the natural sciences.

Three-Dimensional Learning shifts the focus of the science classroom to environments where students use disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts with scientific practices to explore, examine, and explain how and why phenomena occur and to design solutions to problems. The focus is on making sense of science instead of memorizing a set of facts.

The three dimensions of NGSS are the Science and Engineering Practices, the Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas.

1.Science and Engineering Practices

The science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate phenomena and what engineers do to design solutions to problems. Students use the science and engineering practices to practice their skills of inquiry as they explore the natural world. Students engage in practices to build, deepen and apply their knowledge of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. 

Although engineering design is similar to scientific inquiry, there are significant differences. For example, scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation, while engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design. Strengthening the engineering aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards will clarify for students the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the four STEM fields) to everyday life.

The eight science and engineering practices for NGSS are:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using math and computational thinking
  • Constructing an explanation (for science) and designing a solution (for engineering)
  • Engaging in an argument stemming from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Middle School NGSS

2. Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science.

The crosscutting concepts give the students a lens that shows them how to think about the problem at hand. The crosscutting concepts also let the teacher know what types of questions to ask. There are 7 crosscutting concepts that the National Research Council has outlined, which appear in the Next Generation Science Standards. They are:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change
Middle School NGSS

3. Disciplinary Core Ideas

The Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that students must learn at each level. They build on one another at each grade level. There are disciplinary core ideas in each domain of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.

Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline;
Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems;
Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge;
Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.

Middle School NGSS

Phenomena

Another aspect of the Next Generation Science Standards is the use of Phenomena. Phenomena-based science encourages students to ask questions, discover connections, and design models to make sense of what they observe. Students examine a phenomenon and then ask questions, collaborate with partners, and design models.

Middle School NGSS

What's Inside the full year Middle School NGSS Science Bundle?

Middle School NGSS

This Science Bundle for Middle School NGSS includes:

MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

MS-PS3 Energy

MS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

MS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe

MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

Other Resources Included

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“I really enjoyed this entire bundle. It was worth every penny. It includes everything I need, and there were so many great units. Each unit is high-quality. I am so impressed with the work that was put into this resource. Thank you.”

Barbara L.

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This bundle has everything I need to teach all the standards for my 6, 7th and 8th-grade classes. Each unit is assembled with care and I really felt like I knew what I was doing! Lots of helpful information and a suggested schedule. This is really worth the price!
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