Developed by teachers in California


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Each unit has a strong storyline around an anchor phenomenon, an overall 5E structure, and an inquiry project or engineering design project. Assessments include daily formative assessments, unit level assessments, and performance tasks.

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.

Teacher Guide

The Teacher Guides have complete 5E lesson plans (plus elicit questions and extensions) written for standard 45-minute class periods:

  • an Opener to engage students right away, and elicit students’ ideas and conceptions
  • an experiment, project, design challenge, or other activity that give students a chance to explore together
  • notes for a class discussion so students can explain what they have learned and the teacher can elaborate with new terms and information
  • an extension for students who finish early or need more challenge
  • an Exit Card to evaluate whether the lesson met its main goal and to serve as a daily formative assessment

Teacher Resources


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.


Planning Chart:

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.


Correlation Chart:

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.

Assessments Continuum

A full array of formative and summative assessments complement each unit.





Start of unit

Exit Card

End of each lesson

Interim Assessment

> 1/2 way through unit

Performance Assessment Rubric

Unit project

Summative Assessment

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.



Impact Science INTEGRATED Middle School Program for CA NGSS

Impact Science Middle School Program for CA NGSS

For a closer look, click on the Sample Curriculum tab. Or, to speak directly with a representative or request a pilot, contact us at, or call us at (510) 559-9332.


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