Purpose: The guide is a tool that assists in planning and implementing a high quality instructional program. It delineates standards, goals, objectives, learning experiences, instructional resources, and assessments to be used by practicing educators that may be implemented or revised to meet their own curriculum needs. Additionally, it represents an articulation of what students should know and be able to do and supports teachers in knowing how to achieve these goals.
Course Description: Chemistry is the study of matter and change. This curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as the structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, and the conservation and interaction of energy and matter. Students investigate chemistry concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the process of inquiry.
Standards used: The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) used in this guide and are aligned to the National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards. Technology is infused into the curriculum. GPS include two types of standards which are intended to be taught simultaneously. Characteristics of science (SCSh1-9) include learning objectives that deal with “Habits of Mind or Scientific Inquiry. Content standards (SC1-7) cover major chemistry concepts and skills.