NGSS Science

Below is a list of science activities on Buggy and Buddy that meet the NGGS for kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Be sure to check back often, as this page will be updated frequently with new material!

Science Activities on Buggy and Buddy that Correlate with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


Kindergarten Science Activities

Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

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K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.

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K-PS3-2: Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.

Weather And Climate

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ESS2.D: Weather is the combination of sunlight, wind, snow or rain, and temperature in a particular region at a particular time. People measure these conditions to describe and record the weather and to notice patterns over time.


Pushes and Pulls

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K-PS2-2: Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or pull.

First Grade Science Activities

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

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Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

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1-ESS1-1: Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe a pattern that can be predicted.


Waves: Light and Sound

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1-PS4-1: Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

1-PS4-2: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.

1-PS4-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.


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 Second Grade Science Activities

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

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Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

2-ESS1-1: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.


Structures and Properties of Matter

2-PS1-3: Make observations to construct and evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.

Third Grade Science Activities

Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits


Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems


Weather and Climate


Forces and Interactions

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