Next Generation Science Standards

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The curriculum and instruction at the Marin County Outdoor School at Walker Creek Ranch is designed to address a wide spectrum of topics and practices as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.  While we have the ability to tailor our classes to the needs of individual schools and classrooms, the following standards are readily addressed during any given week at the Outdoor School: 

Performance Expectations and corresponding Disciplinary Core Ideas: 

Matter and Energy 

5-PS3-1:  Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun. 

 5-LS1-1:  Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. 

 5-LS2-1:  Develop a model to show the movement of matter through biotic and abiotic parts of the environment.   

 MS-LS1-6:  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.   

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

Ecosystem Dynamics 

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

Human Impacts 

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


Scientific and Engineering Practices 

Asking Questions and Defining Problems 
Engaging in Argument from Evidence 

The entire NGSS document may be found HERE: 


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A program of the Marin County Office of Education
Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools