The Chemistry Connection Across Science and Other Subject Areas
At both the middle and high school levels, students should be made aware of how chemistry relates to many other science fields. Also, informing students that chemistry is present in other subjects outside of science, such as history, math, and language arts, benefits students’ understanding of chemistry and may extend their appreciation for chemistry.
Likewise, the chemistry curriculum should not be limited to addressing only chemical principles. Rather, students should be exposed to the nature of science in general and how chemistry relates to other sciences and other subjects.
And of course, the core ideas of chemistry are not solely the domain of chemistry teachers. Teachers of other sciences should incorporate some of these topics, as should teachers of subjects outside of science to a lesser extent.
Examining, explaining, and understanding matter and its transformations at the various levels are accomplished best by allowing students to investigate. Investigation should be prominent in any science curriculum both at the middle and high school levels. Simple concepts that are widely accepted today, such as the percentage of oxygen in the air, were the result of many years of observations, questions, investigations, and experimentation.
Participating in the classroom means that students, too, will learn the practices of science and engineering, as suggested by NGSS. Experiments should be performed at both the middle and high school levels to generate data that will provide evidence and discourse for solving scientific questions and engineering problems. See more about investigations in the Laboratory section.