Quality Examples of Science Lessons and Units

In an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging examples of high quality lessons and units designed for the NGSS, Achieve launched the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP). NextGenScience continues this work, managing review processes that use the EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3.1) to evaluate instructional materials and identify high-quality examples for the field. The PRP currently reviews free and publicly-available middle school materials; other materials are reviewed by an expert cadre of educator reviewers through a fee-for-service process.

The objective of these reviews is not to endorse a particular curriculum, product or template, rather to identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the NGSS. Below is the list of free and publicly available instructional materials that have been submitted for EQuIP review and evaluated as Examples of High Quality NGSS Design, Examples of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved, or Quality Works in Progress.

Each lesson or unit is available to download and use in classrooms. In addition to accessing a version of the materials as they were reviewed, there is a copy of the feedback from the EQuIP review. Please review the feedback to gain a sense of the materials’ purpose, strengths and areas that would benefit from revisions.