Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Earth Science

Middle school students continue to develop their understanding of the disciplinary core ideas in the Earth and Space Sciences –  Earth’s Place in the Universe, Space Sciences, Natural Resources, Weather & Climate, and Human Impact – while blending the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices.

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Life Science

Students in middle school develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life science. The core ideas includes: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits; and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity.

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Physical Science

Building on ideas and capabilities developed in K – 5, middle school students’ performance expectations revolve around four core ideas in the Physical Sciences: Matter and its Interactions; Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions; Energy; and Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer.

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