Smithsonian's STC Middle School

The new STCMS units were developed for the Next Generation Science Standards.  Each unit begins with a driving question.  The lessons follow coherent learning progressions in which students study, model, and explain real-world phenomena.  Students will revisit and expand their understanding utilizing the science and engineering practices and their literacy and math skills to answer the driving question by the end of the unit.

Learn more about the learning progressions each unit in this PDF.

NGSS Performance Expectations

Life Science
Earth & Space Science
Physical Science

Ecosystems & Their Interactions

MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6,

MS-LS1-7, MS-LS2-1,

MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3,

MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5,

MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6,

MS-ESS3-3, MS-ETS1-1,


Weather & Climate Systems

MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5,

MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2,

MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5,

MS-PS3-4, MS-ETS1-1,


Energy, Forces, & Motion

MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2,

MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5,

MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2,

MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-1,

MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3,


Structure & Function

MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2,

MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-6,

MS-LS1-7, MS-LS1-8,

MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3

Earth’s Dynamic Systems

MS-LS4-1, MS-ESS1-4,

MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2,

MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1,

MS-ESS3-2, MS-ETS1-1,

MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3,


Matter & Its Interactions

MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-2,

MS-PS1-3, MS-PS1-4,

MS-PS1-5, MS-PS1-6,

MS-PS3-4, MS-ETS1-1,

MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3,


Genes & Molecular Machines

MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-4,

MS-LS3-1, MS-LS3-2,

MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-5

Space Systems Exploration 

MS-PS2-4, MS-ESS1-1,

MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3,

S-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2,

MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Electricity, Waves, & Information Transfer

MS-LS1-8, MS-PS2-3,

MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-5,

MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2,

MS-PS4-3, MS-ETS1-1,

MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3,