A Groovy NGSS Phenomenon for Chemistry Concepts

In this article, published in Chemistry Solutions, November 2018, Jessica C. Levine and Emilie Mosko demonstrate how an existing middle school chemistry curriculum can be easily modified toward an NGSS storyline. The article highlights lesson shift toward the “groovy phenomenon” of a lava lamp to engage students in chemistry concepts such as density, heat transfer, particle motion, and phases of matter. NGSS practices in modeling for understanding and arguing from evidence are highlighted.