Next Generation Science Standards for

California Public Schools

We have listed the standards that apply to our presentations for each grade level. If you'd like a presentation to focus especially on one or more of these standards, please let us know so we can tailor it to your needs.

Kindergarten

K-LS1-1.    Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.  

First Grade

1-LS1-1.    Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.  

LS1.A:       Structure and Function 

LS1.B:       Growth and Development of Organisms 

LS1.D:       Information Processing

Second Grade

2-LS4-1.    Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

LS4.D:       Biodiversity and Humans

Third Grade


3-LS2-1.     Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.  

LS2.D:        Social Interactions and Group Behavior 

3-LS3-1.     Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

3-LS3-2.     Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

3-LS4-2.     Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

3-LS4-3.     Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.  

LS2.C:        Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience 

LS4.A:        Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

LS4.B:        Natural Selection

LS4.C:        Adaptation

LS4.D:        Biodiversity and Humans

Fourth Grade

4-LS1-1.      Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.  


4-LS1-2.      Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.  

Fifth Grade

5-LS2-1.      Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

LS2.A:          Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B:          Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

5-ESS3-1.    Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.  

ESS3.C:       Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Sixth Grade

MS-LS1-4     Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.  

MS-LS1-5.     Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.  

LS1.B:            Growth and Development of Organisms 

ESS3-3.          Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. 


ESS3.C:          Human Impacts on Earth Systems


Seventh Grade

MS-LS2-1.      Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.  


MS-LS2-2.      Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. 


MS-LS2-3.      Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.  


MS-LS2-4.      Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.  


LS2.A:             Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B:             Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

LS2.C:             Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience 

LS4.D:             Biodiversity and Humans 

Eighth Grade

MS-ESS3-4.    Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

High School

HS-LS2-6.        Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

 
HS-LS2-7.         Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.


HS-LS2-8.         Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce. 

LS2.A:               Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B:               Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems 

LS2.C:               Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience


LS2.D:               Social Interactions and Group Behavior

LS4.D:               Biodiversity and Humans

HS-LS4-2.         Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors:  (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.  

HS-LS4-4.         Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.

HS-LS4-5.        Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in:  (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.  

LS4.B:            Natural Selection

LS4.C:            Adaptation

LS4.D:            Biodiversity and Humans 



These science standards have been copied as written from the California Department of Education. Please visit their website for fuller explanation of each specific standard. The link is below:
NGSS Standards