Middle School Chemistry Lesson Plans from ACS

Check out these NGSS-aligned Chemistry 5E lessons from the American Chemical Society:

ACS Middle School Chemistry Lesson Plans


New Pages on the Website

Hello, All! I have decided to be brave and start developing pages of my unit resources. These are just my quick ideas and I am constantly changing them. I would love any feedback/suggestions/additional resources or ideas from anyone. My Unit 1 for next year is posted: https://ngsschemistry.wordpress.com/unit-1-matter-energy-change-resources/

Writing Investigations

Throughout the school year, I have been modifying old “labs” and making them “investigations”, or developing some new ones from scratch. The process I use is this (which is not solely my own, but a modification of the process from the Argument Driven Inquiry books):

1. Develop a catchy title, if possible. I’m trying to make the investigations more relatable to the students.

2. Develop a guiding question.

3. Provide a list of materials and equipment available for student use.

4. The students develop their own investigation, which has to be teacher approved before they put their hands on any materials.

5. Students have a set amount of time to investigate.

6. The goal is for the students to gather sufficient and relevant data to answer the guiding question and write a claim, evidence, and reasoning.

7. I collect their CER on paper or via a Google Form.

Here is an example:

Blog about NGSS & Literacy in a Chemistry Classroom


My Unit 1 Conversion to NGSS

Here is a link to my personal blog of how I modified Unit 1 this year to start down the NGSS pathway:


National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network: NGSS Lessons

Great resource! Lessons are tied to the Next Generation Science Standards:

NNIN website