Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS UbD Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions

Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:03 PM

Last year Connecticut adopted the NGSS.  We have been studying the Framework and Standards for over three years and our district is now in the process of writing K-8 UbD curricular units aligned with the NGSS.  I was wondering if anyone in other states that have been aligned for awhile would be willing to share UbD NGSS aligned Enduring Understandings or Essential Questions.  We are thrilled to get started with this work and are looking for some inspiration.

Melinda Meyer
Melinda Meyer
630 Activity Points

Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:12 AM

Hey Melinda - You might want to check with your Houghton Mifflin rep as their new NGSS program, HMH Dimensions, was built from the ground up around NGSS and has essential questions and discrepant phenomena as part of every lesson. :)

Ann Pearson
Ann Pearson
270 Activity Points

Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:30 PM

Hi Melinda -
Good luck on your NGSS implementation journey.  I do not have K-8 UbD NGSS aligned Enduring Understandings or Essential Questions to share.

However, I do work with teacher Professional Development workshops for school districts developing NGSS Curriculum and would recommend you look at:
1)  the NGSS Evidence Statements or K-8, as they give "Observable features of student performance by end of the grade" for each NGSS performance expectations, and

2) the grade level Storylines provide clues to help you write Enduring Understandings and Essential Quesitons.  When you search NGSS for a standard there will be a Storyline tab on the right side of the screen.

Also, search the internet for states that have already adopted NGSS, as some states and school districts may have materials posted online.

In working on Teacher PD for NGSS Implementation, I have found that each teacher's and district's NGSS journey is truly unique.
You can shape your curriculum around local resources, student interests and teacher interests.

Good luck!


Dorothy Ginnett
Dorothy Ginnett
27525 Activity Points

Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:08 PM

Our District has been shifting over the past couple years as well. I use the UbD layout. Please feel free to see what i have created and adjust as it suites you. Any questions, please email:

Carolyn McLain
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