Our goal is to create high-quality, freely available science instructional materials aligned to the NGSSfor elementary through high school. Our development work began at the middle school level, and will grow to include full course materials for elementary through high school with grades 6-8 completed in 2022 and high school in 2024. As science educators, we endeavor to develop science instructional materials that provide equitable learning opportunities for historically disenfranchised students.
The OpenSciEd Instructional Model uses a storyline approach – a logical sequence of lessons that are motivated by students’ questions that arise from students’ interactions with phenomena. Each OpenSciEd unit undergoes an 18-month development process that includes external reviews, a robust field test, and revision. After the materials are evaluated by NextGenScience’s EQuIP Peer Review Panel and have received a quality rating, OpenSciEd makes those units freely available.
About our Materials
We will open a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for elementary development in early 2021 and the development of materials will start in July 2021.
Organizations interested in developing the materials will be asked to submit a response to our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in Fall 2021. This RFQ will ask interested parties to assemble a team who are able and interested in developing elementary school science materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The team chosen for this development will work within OpenSciEd’s structure of partnering with states to provide direction and field testing in order to bring practitioner voices to the forefront of the development process as well as build demand for high-quality curriculum and professional learning materials.
Our middle school science materials are phenomenon-based, three-dimensional units that prioritize student coherence and equitable science sensemaking. The units are developed with teacher and student voices from across the country informing the selection of the phenomena and the storyline of the unit. Throughout our units, students develop their ability to solve problems, ask and answer questions, and argue from evidence.
The OpenSciEd Middle School science program follows the OpenSciEd Scope and Sequence and addresses all of the middle school NGSS standards.
Grade 6 units:
- 6.1 Light & Matter (available soon)
- 6.2 Thermal Energy
- 6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling
- 6.4 Rock Cycling and Plate Tectonics (available Fall 2021)
- 6.5 Natural Hazards (available Summer 2021)
- 6.6 Cells and Systems (available Winter 2022)
Grade 7 Units
- 7.1 Chemical Reactions & Matter
- 7.2 Chemical Reactions & Energy (available Summer 2021)
- 7.3 Metabolic Reactions
- 7.4 Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis
- 7.5 Ecosystem Dynamics (available Fall 2021)
- 7.6 Natural Resources & Human Impact (available Winter 2022)
Grade 8 Units
The development of our high school science materials began in January 2021 and will include materials for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses with the Earth and Space Science standards woven throughout each. The full program will be available by January 2024 with units available starting in late 2022.
The high school instructional materials and associated professional learning will be developed by the High School Development Consortium, led by the University of Colorado, Boulder. This consortium was selected as a result of a rigorous process that included both a Request for Qualifications and a Request for Proposals. To learn more about the process and the applications submitted, visit our Future Development page.
The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique and real-life opportunity for students to explore the ways in which science and society are connected. Through each of the COVID-19 & Health Equity units, students explore how communities are impacted differently by the virus through the lens of historical inequities, and consider how they can take action to prevent further spread.
These four units are meant to be supplemental materials that can be integrated into the classroom at any point during the year. While designed for science educators, these units could be used as part of a health class, an advisory class, as part social studies, or as a multidisciplinary unit. The units include integrated social-emotional learning and supports for teachers and families in addressing these emotional and essential topics. Learn more about the development of our COVID-19 science materials.