Developed by teachers in California
MIDDLE SCHOOL 6–8 PROGRAMS FOR CA NGSS
Adopted in California!
As current and former California teachers developing this curriculum, we know that programs can only be successful if they guide teachers—both new teachers and veteran teachers adjusting to the new standards—with clear instructions for carrying out the vision of the California Science Framework in the classroom each day. The curriculum needs to engage students’ curiosity and let them discover the concepts themselves as much as possible. We also believe that engineering design should be primary and not an afterthought. Engineering is integrated into almost every Impact Science unit, often tied directly to the anchor phenomenon.
The Teacher Guides have complete 5E lesson plans (plus elicit questions and extensions) written for standard 45-minute class periods:
A one to two page narrative with background information for the teacher, a description of topics and activities and how they connect to the storyline, a three-column NGSS standards chart, plus a materials list and vocabulary for the unit.
This spreadsheet helps with planning, showing the progression of lessons at a glance, including the number of days per lesson, and key concepts, main activities, vocabulary, and materials needed for each day.
This shows the standards covered per lesson: NGSS, Common Core ELA and Math, ELD, and California Environmental Principles and Concepts. Corresponding tags in the lessons point these out as well.
A full array of formative and summative assessments complement each unit.
Start of unit
End of each lesson
> 1/2 way through unit
Performance Assessment Rubric
End of unit
We offer both Integrated and Discipline-Specific programs. All units are developed around anchor phenomena. Each unit also has an engineering design project or inquiry project, often tied directly to the anchor phenomenon. Click here to view the course outline for your program.