The Next Generation Science Standards were released in 2013 and provide a holistic and three-dimensional approach to teaching science. This guide is intended to help you understand the purpose of the standards and how to read each element of those standards.
Phenomena have become an integral part of the Next Generation Science Standards, but what are they? And how can teachers use them in the classroom? NGSS describes natural phenomena as “observable events that occur in the universe and that we can use our science knowledge to explain or predict.” Since science is such a broad field of study, this can mean a lot of things in a lot of different contexts. Phenomena connect concepts to real world things and can answer that question we are all too familiar with: why do we have to learn this?