NGSS Resources


  • NSTA Matrix: Disciplinary Core Ideas (pdf)
  • NGSS Progressions Matrix (pdf)
  • NGSS Middle School (6–8) Evidence Statements (blog post)
  • NSTA/NGSS Matrix for Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) (pdf)
  • NGSS posters for quick reference (blog entry)
  • NGSS/NSTA Matrix of Crosscutting Concepts in NGSS (pdf)
  • NGSS “I Can” statements (link) and Big Idea (link) – free and ready to print out with a choice of designs


For more details and examples about the Science and Engineering Practices, visit NSTA.

  • SEP 1 – Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  • SEP 2 – Developing and Using Models
  • SEP 3 – Planning and Carrying out Investigations
  • SEP 4 – Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • SEP 5 – Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • SEP 6 – Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • SEP 7 – Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • SEP 8 – Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Crosscutting Concepts (CC)

  1. Patterns
  2. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
  4. Systems and system models
  5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  6. Structure and function
  7. Stability and change


Earth and Space Science (ESS)

Life Science (LS)

Physical Science (PS)

Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science


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