The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
The NGSS focuses on three main areas or dimensions that students need to understand and be able to do. They are Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), and Crosscutting Concepts (CC). The NGSS Standards are written as Performance Expectations (PEs) that integrate these three dimensions.
The NGSS envisions science lessons that guide students toward mastery of the PEs by the end of a grade band, such as 6-8. Through the lessons in Middle School Chemistry, students use science or engineering practices to understand and explain disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts in chemistry-related physical science to achieve the Performance Expectations of the NGSS.
Common Core English Language Arts (CCELA)
The NGSS states that “Literacy skills are critical to building knowledge in science”. While students participate in the science and engineering practices in the lessons in Middle School Chemistry, they develop reading and writing skills that are useful in science learning and communication. As these literacy skills develop, students are able to read and understand more science and technical writing and communicate their learning more effectively. So Middle School Chemistry, the NGSS, and the CCELA can be seen as working together.
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To read about how a particular lesson addresses the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts for an NGSS standard, simply choose the lesson to go to the NGSS alignment for that lesson.
Chapter 1: Matter—Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Chapter 2: Changes of State
Chapter 3: Density
Lessons Downloads Lesson 3.1: What is Density? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 3.2: Finding Volume—The Water Displacement Method NGSS | CCELA Lesson 3.3: Density of Water NGSS | CCELA Lesson 3.4: Density—Sink and Float for Solids NGSS | CCELA Lesson 3.5: Density—Sink and Float for Liquids NGSS | CCELA Lesson 3.6: Temperature and Density NGSS | CCELA
Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding
Lessons Downloads Lesson 4.1: Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons NGSS | CCELA Lesson 4.2: The Periodic Table NGSS | CCELA Lesson 4.3: The Periodic Table & Energy Level Models NGSS | CCELA Lesson 4.4: Energy Levels, Electrons, and Covalent Bonding NGSS | CCELA Lesson 4.5: Energy Levels, Electrons, and Ionic Bonding NGSS | CCELA
Chapter 5 : The Water Molecule and Dissolving
Lessons Downloads Lesson 5.1: Water is a Polar Molecule NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.2: Surface Tension NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.3: Why Does Water Dissolve Salt? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.4: Why Does Water Dissolve Sugar? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.5: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.6: Does Temperature Affect Dissolving? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.7: Can Liquids Dissolve in Water? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.8: Can Gases Dissolve in Water? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 5.9: Temperature Changes in Dissolving NGSS | CCELA
Chapter 6 : Chemical Change
Lessons Downloads Lesson 6.1: What is a Chemical Reaction? NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.2: Controlling the Amount of Products in a Chemical Reaction NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.3: Forming a Precipitate NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.4: Temperature and Rate of a Chemical Reaction NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.5: A Catalyst and the Rate of Reaction NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.6: Using Chemical Change to Identify an Unknown NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.7: Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.8: pH and Color Change NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.9: Neutralizing Acids and Bases NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.10: Carbon Dioxide Can Make a Solution Acidic NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.11: Project Based Lessons - Chemical Reactions & Engineering Design NGSS | CCELA Lesson 6.12: Project Based Lessons - Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials NGSS | CCELA