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Understanding the Kindergarten NGSS Standards

Are you a Kindergarten teacher?

Do you teach Kindergarten in a state that uses NGSS standards? 20 states use the NGSS standards!

It can be difficult to read the Kindergarten NGSS standards and make sure you are covering them with your lesson plans! Continue reading to learn more about the Kindergarten NGSS standards!

The Kindergarten NGSS standards are designed to ensure students develop the skills needed to thrive in the classroom for the rest of their education!

Kindergarten NGSS

What are the NGSS standards?

The Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, are guidelines for science education in the United States. They were developed by a group of educators, scientists, and researchers with the goal of improving science literacy and preparing students for success! These standards focus on teaching students how to behave like real scientists rather than memorizing a set of facts. 20 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, and 24 states have adopted standards based on the NGSS framework.

The performance expectations in kindergarten NGSS help students formulate answers to questions
such as: “What happens if you push or pull an object harder? Where do animals live and why
do they live there? What is the weather like today and how is it different from yesterday?”

What is the purpose of the Kindergarten NGSS standards?

The NGSS standards for kindergarten are designed to introduce students to scientific practices and concepts that will set them up for success in the science classroom in future grade levels.

The main focuses of the NGSS standards for kindergarten are teaching students to ask questions and make observations, developing science skills and practices, and encouraging cross-disciplinary learning. 

By the end of kindergarten, students should have established skills such as asking questions about scientific subject matter, investigating, interpreting data and formulating solutions to the problems

The Kindergarten NGSS standards aim to teach students how to behave like real scientists rather than memorizing a set of facts! One of the ways these standards prepare students is by implementing phenomena-based learning. You can read more about phenomena based learning here on my blog!

kindergarten NGSS

Cross-Disciplinary Learning

The NGSS standards for kindergarten also place a strong emphasis on cross-disciplinary learning. Students are encouraged to explore the connections between science and other subjects such as language arts, math, and social studies. Encouraging this connection helps students be excited about learning, and can prepare students for a life of success in any field!

You can read more about the kindergarten NGSS standards on the performance expectations here!

By emphasizing cross-disciplinary learning, teachers can foster a lifelong love of learning! After a full year in the kindergarten classroom, students will have the groundwork to prepare them to thrive in future grade levels. 

Kindergarten NGSS

Kindergarten students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in skills such as planning and carrying out investigations, asking questions, designing solutions, analyzing data, developing and using models, obtaining, interpreting, and communicating information, and engaging in arguments from evidence. By encouraging cross-disciplinary learning, students will be able to excel in the science classroom, and use their newfound knowledge to understand the world around them!

Check out these great Kindergarten NGSS resources!

These Mini Books on the Earth are perfect for young learners. There is no prep! Just print and go! Students will practice reading comprehension using informational text. Students will read informational text and answer simple questions. Each book has eight pages and a cover. Answer keys are included. This is a great cross discipline resource that combines science and language arts!

kindergarten NGSS

This Push and Pull Kindergarten Science Unit has great hands-on activities to learn about force and motion. Students will plan an investigation to see if they can change the speed or distance of an object they have pushed or pulled. Sorting cards and labs with simple household materials will make this an easy-to-use lesson for kindergarten science, aligned with the DCI: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions.

Kindergarten NGSS

Students will learn about sunlight and shade in this kindergarten science unit for NGSS K-PS3-1 and K-PS3-2. Students will learn that the Sun heats Earth’s materials and that shade can reduce the warming effects of the Sun. Students will use engineering skills to create a shade structure. The lessons use phenomena-based learning!

Kindergarten NGSS
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