Welcome to Smithsonian Science for the Classroom–
Twenty four phenomena- and problem-based modules for Grades K–5

Everything you need to teach—Kits, Print, and Digital

Coherent Storylines

  • Build toward students answering a question or solving a problem
  • Begin with the end in mind—students start with the big idea then work backward through tasks that build to a culminating science or engineering design challenge
  • Pique students’ curiosity with Lesson Questions and drive understanding by grouping lessons with Focus Questions

Proven Results

  • Raise test scores in science, reading, and math using proven, research-based instructional methods
  • Teach dynamic lessons that integrate science and engineering content at every grade level
  • Integrate science content and literacy while drawing upon the Smithsonian’s research, scientists, and world-class collections featured in the Smithsonian Science Stories Literacy Series
  • Offer literacy that meets the needs of all students: available on grade level, below grade level, and in Spanish

Teacher Support

  • Engage your students in 3D tasks and 3D assessments
  • Assess student understanding using a three-dimensional system that includes pre-assessment, formative assessment, student self-assessment, and a summative written assessment and performance assessment, accompanied by 3D scoring tables
  • Benefit from point-of-use support for everything from misconceptions to enrichment, to remediation, to ELL strategies as you transition to NGSS* and 3D instruction and 3D assessment

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