Chemistry for High School Students- PS1 

Physics and Chemistry underlie all natural and human created phenomena
— K-12 Framework

The curriculum for this class is designed using the Backward Design Method. Chemistry content if starting from a textbook can be overwhelming to find the bigger picture questions. Instead I started by referencing back to the K-12 Framework, where the NGSS came from. This framework lays out four major benchmarks: PS1: Matter and Its interactions, (What is everything made of?) PS2: Motion and Stability , (Why do things happen), PS3: Energy, PS4: Waves and their application in technology.  

You must understand structure and matter at the atomic and subatomic scales to discover how it influences the system’s larger scale structure, properties, and functions.
— K-12 Framework

PS1: Matter and Its Interactions is further broken down to encompass three main components. 

  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions 
  • PS1.C: Nuclear Processes 

Backward Design Process

Identify the desired result: Learners will be able to answer the questions 1) Where did everything come from? 2) What is it made of? 3) How does its composition and surroundings impact its behavior?

Determine acceptable evidence: Students will individually prepare 3 projects to demonstrate how their knowledge has increased in the course for each area. This will include models, scientific writing, analogies, and example. 

Plan learning experiences and instruction: The focus will be using level 3 inquiry where students formulate their own ideas, but the phenomena and experiment is designed by the teacher. Formative assessments will include answering prompts, explaining phenomena, "pop quizzes". 

The curriculum for this section would start on assume the second day of school after you have set classroom boundaries, reviewed a syllabus etc. 

 
 

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