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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) are from A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas ( 2012 ). I have listed them below with a link to Paul Andersen’s video that gives more details and examples. Take a look at your grade level’s quick guide to see how they fit in with the Scientific and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts.

  • Physical Science 
    • PS1A – Structure & Properties of Matter

    • PS1B – Chemical Reactions

    • PS1C – Nuclear Processes
    • PS2A – Forces & Motion

    • PS2B – Types of Interactions
    • PS2C – Stability & Instability

    • PS3A – Definitions of Energy
    • PS3B – Energy: Conservation & Transfer
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PS3C – Energy & Forces
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PS3D – Energy in Chemical Processes & Life

    • PS4A – Wave Properties

    • PS4B – Electromagnetic Radiation
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PS4C – Information Technologies
  • Life Science
    • LS1A – Structure & Function
    • LS1B – Growth & Development
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LS1C – Organization in Organisms
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LS1D – Information Processing

    • LS2A – Relationships in Ecosystems

    • LS2B – Cycles in Ecosystems
    • LS2C – Ecosystem Dynamics
    • LS2D – Social Interactions & Behavior
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LS3A – Inheritance of Traits

    • LS3B – Variation of Traits
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LS4A – Evidence of Common Ancestry
    • LS4B – Natural Selection

    • LS4C – Adaptation
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LS4D – Biodiversity & Humans
  • Earth & Space Science
    • ESS1A – The Universe & Its Stars
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ESS1B – Earth & the Solar System
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ESS1C – History of the Planet Earth
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ESS2A – Earth Materials & Systems

    • ESS2B – Plate Tectonics/Large Scale Systems
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ESS2C – Role of Water on Earth
    • ESS2D – Weather & Climate
    • ESS2E – Biogeology
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ESS3A – Natural Resources

    • ESS3B – Natural Hazards
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ESS3C – Human Impacts on Earth Systems
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ESS3D – Global Climate Change
  • Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science
    • ETS1A – Defining & Delimiting an Engineering Problem
    • ETS1B – Developing Possible Solutions
    • ETS1C – Optimizing the Design Solution
    • ETS2A – Interdependence of Science, Engineering & Technology
    • ETS2B – Influence of Science, Engineering & Technology on Society & the Natural World