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NGSS Middle School Respurces

This year I have been working hard on creating resources for Middle school science that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. I have been working with NGSS since the beginning and I love the emphasis on getting students to think deeply, make connections and build concepts.

How are the Next Generation Science Standards different?

In the old day, we just taught students a number of facts about science. Currently, the emphasis in middle school science for NGSS is to have students make sense out of the science! We use the crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices to help students build the concepts in the Disciplinary Core Ideas of the NGSS.

We engage students with phenomena. Students ask questions about the phenomena and the teacher asks questions aligned with the crosscutting concepts.

The science and engineering practices in middle school science help students to build the conceptual understanding that is in the Disciplinary Core Idea. The crosscutting concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards help the students to have an idea of what they are going to be building.

Science Storylines

Another difference with today’s middle school science standards is that concepts are not taught in isolation. We use science storylines to help students see connections. An NGSS storyline is a string of episodes that build on one another. The science storylines are connected. You can think of a storyline like a unit plan and you can think of each episode in the science storyline as a lesson or lab that builds on the previous activity.

NGSS Science Strands

Each strand in the Next Generation Science Standards is a collection of standards with common themes and ideas. Each strand covers a topic in middle school science. They usually go nicely together in a storyline or science bundle. For Middle School Science there are 16 strands each with a different topic. Middle School Science Strands by Topic These strands cover Earth and Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering.

Planning for science instruction can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to worry! I have done all the planning for you. I have created science bundles for each of the 16 strands of middle school science. Each bundle covers one strand or topic of NGSS for middle school science. Each bundle is also discounted by 20%! My bundles include units that are complete and contain lesson plans, labs, slide shows, reading passages, and follow-up pages.

My middle school science resources use phenomena, and the three dimensions of science: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Students will be engaged in making sense of science. You will love having science resources created by someone who understands the Next Generation Science Standards.

NGSS science bundles for middle school

My bundles can be purchased here on Teaching Science or in my TPT Store. They are the same resources either way.

.Structure and Properties of Matter

Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Chemical Reactions

.Forces and Interactions

Energy

Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Evolution

Space Systems

Earth’s Systems

Weather and Climate

Human Impacts

Engineering Design

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.

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My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
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