Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Life Sciences:

LS1      A. Structure & Function

  1. Growth & Development of Organisms
  2. Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
  3. Information Processing

LS2      A. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  1. Cycles of Matter & Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
  2. Ecosystems Dynamics, Functioning, & Resilience
  3. Social Interactions & Group Behavior

LS3      A. Inheritance of Traits

  1. Variation of Traits

LS4      A. Evidence of Common Ancestry & Diversity

  1. Natural Selection
  2. Adaptation
  3. Biodiversity & Humans


Earth & Space Sciences:

ESS1   A. The Universe and its Stars

  1. Earth and the Solar System
  2. The History of Planet Earth

ESS2   A. Earth Materials & Systems

  1. Plate Tectonics & Large-Scale Systems
  2. The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  3. Weather & Climate
  4. Biogeology

ESS3   A. Natural Resources

  1. Natural Hazards
  2. Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  3. Global Climate Change


Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science:

ETS1   A. Defining & Delimiting & Engineering

  1. Developing Possible Solutions
  2. Optimizing the Design Solution



Targeted Disciplines Based on Grade:

Kindergarten: LS1, ESS2, ESS3, ETS1

First Grade: LS1, LS3, ESS1

Second Grade: LS2, LS4, ESS1, ETS1

Third Grade: LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, ESS2, ESS3

Forth Grade: LS2, ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, ETS1

Fifth Grade: LS1, LS2, ESS1, ESS2, ESS3

Middle School (6-8): LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, ETS1, ETS2

High School (9-12): LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, ETS1, ETS2