Bundling the NGSS

What is bundling?  "Bundles" are groups of standards arranged together to create the endpoints for units of instruction. Bundling is just one step in a curriculum development process; many other steps are required to create instructional materials designed for the NGSS.

Why bundle?  Bundling is helpful step in implementing standards because it helps students see connections between concepts and can allow more efficient use of instructional time. 

As is highlighted in the Introduction and Guide, there are a variety of things to consider in thinking through how to build bundles for courses.  

These example bundles are not intended to represent the only ways to organize courses, but rather to provide some well thought out, concrete examples of what bundles might look like.

For each grade, two different examples are provided to motivate users to compare the different examples and think about what works in their local context:

  • For each grade K-5, an example is provided that organizes the bundles based on the Topics arrangement of the NGSS and one that focuses on a particular theme that builds across each year.
  • For grades 6-8, an example is provided that bundles based on the Topics arrangement of the NGSS, and one that bundles by focusing on phenomena that hold standards together. 
  • The examples for grades 9-12 are built from two of the Model Course Maps of Appendix K

Example Bundle Support Resources:

Video of an example of bundling (High School Chemistry)

Webinar about bundling


Example Bundles: 
Read First: Introduction and Guide

Kindergarten Middle School
Thematic Model    Course 1: Phenomenon Model
Topics Model Course 2: Phenomenon Model
1st Grade Course 3: Phenomenon Model 
Thematic Model     
Topics Model Course 1: Topics Model
2nd Grade Course 2: Topics Model 
Thematic Model    Course 3: Topics Model
Topics Model  
3rd Grade High School
Thematic Model    Course 1: Conceptual Progressions Model
Topics Model Course 2: Conceptual Progressions Model
4th Grade Course 3: Conceptual Progressions Model
Thematic Model     
Topics Model Course 1: Modified Domains Model: Chemistry w/Earth and Space Science
5th Grade Course 2: Modified Domains Model: Physics w/Earth and Space Science
Thematic Model    Course 3: Modified Domains Model: Biology w/Earth and Space Science
Topics Model