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Non-Fiction Media Resources for Science

Develop Paragraph Writing During Science Instruction

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National Geographic is committed to providing free resources for K-12 educators in support of Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. This collection is a snapshot of the wealth of non-fiction media resources available on this website.

Resources highlighted on this page include videos, photographs, articles, encyclopedic entries, and maps. Use these resources when designing classroom instructional activities that include paragraph writing in science.

Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth's environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things. Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise (NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas).


Engineering Design: Developing Possible Solutions

When evaluating solutions, it is important to take into account a range of constraints, including costs, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, and to consider social, cultural, and environmental impacts (NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas).


Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale Systems

Maps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth's plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart (NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas).


Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

The collection of fossils and their placement in chronological order is known as the fossil record. It documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record, enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent (NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas).


More STEM Resources

National Geographic Education's STEM resources are multidisciplinary and integrate subjects beyond science, technology, engineering, and math to include critical thinking, problem-solving, and 21st Century skills.


STEM Education

Find National Geographic's interdisciplinary STEM resources for Grades K-12.


These collections contain curated content about climate change, energy, and ecosystems.


climate change

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about climate change. Use search to find more.


This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about energy. Use search to find more.


This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about ecosystems. Use search to find more.

Map It Out

District of Columbia

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