OpenSciEd Middle School Science Units

OpenSciEd materials are open educational resources (OER) licensed to be free for anyone to use, share, redistribute, adapt, transform, and build upon for any purpose, even commercially.


Using the links below, units can be downloaded as a PDF or added to a Google Drive folder. The units are also available in print from our partner print vendor. The units below are based on the OpenSciEd Middle School Scope & Sequence. The full OpenSciEd Middle School Science course will be completed in Winter 2022; in the meantime, one unit per grade level will be released every six months starting in August 2019.

What Educators and Students Say


“What I learned from this curriculum - and what will ultimately make my teaching better - is that the kids really can guide where they are going. [They] will be more invested as a result, and they will really come to realize how science works.”
OpenSciEd Field Test Teacher

What Educators and Students Say


“To me, this is the true way science should be taught. It really...this is the way we would like to see all of our classrooms become.”
Mark Lester, Principal, West Feliciana Middle School, St. Francisville, Louisiana

What Educators and Students Say


"I felt like the students really took charge of the discussion, took charge of where we were going with learning. And it was awesome! And it still is awesome! I think it really is hitting the goals of NGSS, of having students engaged in scientific practices while learning about certain things."
OpenSciEd Field Test Teacher

What Educators and Students Say


"But like in this, we were the ones who came up with it. So we were able to understand... We have similar ideas or different ideas. So we were able to come up with this one model that we could ALL understand. Because WE came up with it."
OpenSciEd Middle School Student