NGSS Science Samples
Yours to try—free: Hands-on science performance tasks aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Designed to help students build their skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication, these engaging investigations let learners develop their understanding of science’s big ideas.
Material is approved by NSTA Recommends and includes performance tasks for instruction and assessment, teacher planning pages, rubrics, and annotated student anchor papers. These samples reflect just a few of the 220 tasks in Scientific Inquiry for the 21st Century: Built for the NGSS.
Not NGSS? Check out Scientific Inquiry for the 21st Century, which supports the following state and national science standards: NSES, NRC, AAAS, and STEM.
Grade Span K-2
Wind-Up Toys, Part 2: Can I Design an Investigation?
Students design and conduct an investigation about wind-up toys. Students control variables, collect and record data and draw conclusions.
Grade Span 3-5
Water Testing: What Makes Water Good?
Students conduct tests and compare results of different water samples to determine what makes water “good.” Students collect and anaylze data to draw conclusions.
Grade Span 6-8
A Rock's History
Students are asked to collect and analyze a rock sample found during a class “Rock Hunt” on the school grounds.
How Is My Breathing Rate Related to My Pulse?
Students collaboratively investigate the relationship between breathing rate and pulse. Students collect and record data and draw conclusions based upon their investigation. Students make connections between the circulatory and respiratory systems.