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The model curriculum provides a framework for the development of a more detailed local curriculum. The courses and units were developed through the work of consortia of practicing teachers, science supervisors, and higher education faculty. Each unit of instruction includes a guiding question, a unit overview, estimated number of instructional days necessary to complete the unit, and Student Learning Objectives. The educators who developed the second edition of the model science curriculum included the following sections to assist others in transforming their classrooms to meet or exceed the demands of the new science standards.

Unit Sequence (including concepts and formative assessments)

Research on Learning

Sample Open Education Resources

What it Looks Like in the Classroom

Prior Learning

Teacher Professional Learning Resources (in K-5 courses)

Connecting ELA/Literacy and Math

Future Learning

Appendix A: NGSS and Foundation Boxes


Connections to Other Units


Please note that Administrative Code requires that the local curriculum include, but is not limited to:

  1.  A pacing guide;
  2.  A list of core instructional materials, including various levels of texts at each grade level;
  3.  Benchmark assessments; and
  4.  Modifications for special education students, for ELLs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:15, for students at risk of school failure, and for gifted students.

Course Overviews (Standards Into Units)