NGSS Alignment

Image of NGSS from concord.orgNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS) combine three distinct and equally important dimensions of science learning: Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP). These strands combine to form each standard or Performance Expectation (PE). By encorporating all three dimensions of science learning NGSS brings students to a deeper understanding of practical science beyond the facts that are in their text books.

The Garden strives to support these new standards by aligning our tours with in-class curriculum requirements. Download the matrices below to see how our tours align with your grade. Note that each table includes the DCI, CCC, and SEP that will help your students reach the PE listed. We have also included connections with California's Environmental Principles and Concepts - the foundation of the environmental content taught in EEI Curriculum.

Kindergarten

Nature Walk NGSS Connection for Kindergarten

1st Grade

Nature Walk NGSS Connection for Grade 1

2nd Grade

Nature Walk NGSS Connection for Grade 2

3rd Grade

Habitat Hike NGSS Connection for Grade 3

Seasonal Focus Lab NGSS Connection for Grade 3

4th Grade

Habitat Hike NGSS Connection for Grade 4

Seasonal Focus Lab NGSS Connection for Grade 4

5th Grade

Habitat Hike NGSS Connection for Grade 5

Seasonal Focus Lab NGSS Connection for Grade 5