Next GEN Physical Science and Everyday Thinking

NGSS and Next Gen PET

The Next Gen PET materials are aligned with the physical science disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices in the National Research Council (NRC) K-12 Science Education Framework and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The tables below provide more information on this alignment. Next Gen PET students will be prepared for teaching elementary-level science in alignment with the NGSS. However, Next Gen PET can be used to prepare teachers for teaching with any state standards that include a focus on both science content and practices.

Next Gen PET consists of five modules: (1) Module MSE: Developing Models for Magnetism and Static Electricity; (2) Module IE: Interactions and Energy; (3) Module IF: Interactions and Forces; (4) Module WSL: Waves, Sound and Light; and (5) Module MI: Matter and Interactions. Each module includes two engineering design activities requiring application of the module’s physical science content.

The Teaching & Learning Activities (see Overview link) explicitly address the Science and Engineering Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts.

PS2.B: Types of Interactions MSE: Magnetism and Static Electricity;
IF: Interactions and Forces
PS3: Energy IE: Interactions and Energy
PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions IF: Interactions and Forces
PS4: Waves and Their Applications WSL: Waves, Sound, and Light
PS1: Matter and Its Interactions MI: Matter and Interactions

Science and Engineering Practices

Asking questions / Defining Problems All modules
Developing and using models MSE focuses on developing and using models; students primarily use models in other modules
Planning and carrying out investigations Students carry out investigations in all modules. They practice the skill of planning investigations in the optional set of Planning and Conducting Investigations materials.
Analyzing and interpreting data All modules
Using mathematics and computational thinking Students use some mathematics and computational thinking in IE, IF, and WSL
Constructing explanations / Designing solutions All modules (especially in the Studio Style class version)
Engaging in argument from evidence All modules
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information All modules

Crosscutting concepts

NGSS CC NGP module
Patterns All modules
Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation All modules, especially MSE
Scale, proportion, and quantity IE, IF, WSL, MI
Systems and system models All modules, especially IE
Energy and Matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation All modules, especially IE and MI
Structure and function MSE, WSL, and MI
Stability and change All modules, especially IF