High School NGSS Chemistry

curriculum development

Curriculum Development

This curriculum was designed using a 5E model and follows the SFUSD Chemistry Scope and SequenceUsing the guidance of the SFUSD Scope and Sequence, NGSS Chemistry includes both Physical and Earth and Space Science performance expectations integrated in a strategic way, so that students apply their knowledge of physical science concepts in the context of Earth and Space Science. The Earth and Space Science topics of stars and climate change are embedded into this NGSS Chemistry course alongside traditional chemistry concepts. 

The story of chemistry progresses from a microscopic to macroscopic understanding of the world around us. Starting with the atom and where elements come from, students progress to bonding, chemical reactions and the energy changes connected to reactions. In spring, student learning is contextualized by using different climate change phenomena to learn about energy balance, albedo, gases, rates of reaction, equilibrium, solutions and acids and bases. 

We developed this curriculum using the input and expertise of high school teachers across the district.  The curriculum was field tested in classrooms and revisions made using the feedback from students and teachers.  

Curriculum Access

For a quick introduction, you may want to look at the Chapter Organizer.  You can also see the student edition (http://tinyurl.com/SF-Chem-Curriculum). If you are an educator, please go to this form to request access to supporting documents. 

Chemistry and Climate Change

Climate change is an ongoing crisis that will only worsen as today’s students become adults and decision makers. The spring semester of chemistry intertwines chemistry concepts and understanding the science behind and impacts of climate change.  In each of the 4 spring units, there is a project designed to support students to consider climate change beyond their classroom and how to effect change in their local community and the wider world.


This page was last updated on June 15, 2022