CURRICULUM

Amplify Science

A new NGSS-designed core curriculum for grades K-8

Immerse K-8 students in science and engineering.

Our breakthrough curriculum inspires students to read, write and argue like scientists to gain a better understanding of the world, as they gain the skills needed to master the NGSS.

Built for the Next Generation Science Standards

The NGSS have raised the bar in science education, moving the focus away from memorization and toward active engagement. Amplify Science is a robust, multimodal, hands-on program made to fulfill 100 percent of the NGSS, as well as a substantial number of the Common Core ELA and Math standards.

Amplify Science was named a 2018 CODiE Awards finalist!

Amplify Science was named a finalist in the Best Science Instructional Solution and Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution categories.

Our unique approach

Our mission is to help educators create the next generation of scientific innovators as well as citizens who are skeptical, curious, and evidence-based thinkers. Our pedagogy invites students to explore phenomena with the purpose of solving authentic problems.

Educators who adopt Amplify Science receive a turnkey curriculum complete with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and a variety of effective teacher supports.

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University of California Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is a recognized leader in PreK-12 science education, producing groundbreaking curriculum products, including the international award-winning Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, for more than 40 years. The Hall’s curriculum materials are used in one in four classrooms across the nation.

Amplify’s products and services help educators improve the way they integrate technology and use data in the classroom, and is built on the foundation of Wireless Generation, the pioneer of mobile assessments and instructional analytics for schools. Amplify has supported more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states.

Support for teachers from day one

The Amplify Science team offers a range of support options from the very start of the program. Intensive, onsite technology and content training is deployed at the outset to ensure each educator is prepared to implement the program for greatest benefit to all learners. Our support and professional development options include:

  • Getting started and ongoing development in-person courses
  • Print and digital online Teacher’s Guides
  • Step-by-step lesson instructions including differentiation supports
  • Suggested modifications to customize for your unique setting
  • Embedded formative assessments
  • Amplify Academy online featuring professional development videos
  • … and more.

Amplify Science Elementary School

Our complete program for Grades K-5 recognizes the importance of students’ engagement with hands-on experiences, and amplifies those with literacy-rich activities, closely aligned digital materials and award-winning, informational books.

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Amplify Science Middle School

Our complete program for grades 6-8, available now, was designed to meet 100 percent of the NGSS, and features curriculum units that make use of a rich collection of evidence sources, including digital simulations, engaging media, physical models and more.

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Frequently asked questions

Classroom realities are different for each teacher.

At the elementary level, kindergarten and grade 1 lessons are designed for a minimum of 45 minutes. Grades 2-5 lessons are designed for a minimum of 60 minutes.

Our lessons in grades 6-8 are designed for a minimum of 45 minutes.

Yes, we believe that hands-on experiences are critical to the study of science. Every unit in our curriculum comes with a kit of hands-on materials to allow students to roll up their sleeves and conduct hands-on investigations.

In upper elementary and middle school, much of what students study is invisible. In grades 2-8, we also provide student-centered investigation through digital simulations that enable students to visualize the unseen.

Every lesson in Amplify Science explicitly calls out which CCSS Math and CCSS ELA standards are addressed. Amplify Science is not a math program, nor an ELA program; therefore it does not address all of the Common Core standards. But the program does address a significant number of them as they pertain to teaching science.

We offer several different types of professional learning, from onsite workshops to remote webinars. Additionally, we offer robust embedded supports, including differentiation strategies and science background, as well as provide a library of videos that help teachers understand the program and how to use the online content.

Absolutely. Amplify Science integrates all four disciplines—science, technology, engineering and math, in addition to English language arts, throughout the curriculum.

While our program is modular in order to provide ultimate discretion to districts, schools, and teachers, Amplify Science promotes teaching science that has broad consensus from scientists around the world.

All units include a culminating writing activity. The middle school core units also include a multiple choice/written response post-unit assessment. These activities can be used for assigning a summative grade.

Student proficiency is shown as mastery of concepts in the Progress Build, the trajectory of learning that students are likely to follow. If a student is progressing as expected, this will be evidenced by students’ ascending movement up the levels of the Progress Build. Our unit assessments (pre-assessment, critical juncture, post-assessment) will measure students' learning progress toward the essential concepts.

Additional progress and proficiency is shown in a variety of ways. These include students’ performance on written scientific explanations and arguments, which is based on teacher-assigned rubric scores of writing tasks. It also includes assessment of additional key concepts, based on unit assessment questions, modeling tools, and core platform activities that aren’t included in the Progress Build.

If your state has not adopted NGSS, but you are interested in purchasing Amplify Science, we can work with you to provide a correlation of our program to your state’s standards. Since Amplify Science addresses all of the NGSS standards, it is likely our program is well aligned to any state or district that adopts standards that are close derivatives of the NGSS.

At a minimum, there are likely a collection of individual units that align with your state’s standards, and they can be implemented at the modular unit level.

If you are interested in reviewing our materials, we can provide you with teacher-only access to specific units for both elementary and middle school.

If you’re interested in trying out the curriculum in the classroom, we have pilot options available now.

Please contact our sales team at 800-823-1969 for more information.

Please contact 800-823-1969 for detailed pricing information.

In grades K-5, our kits comprise necessary print materials as well as physical hands-on materials. If you would like to procure the physical hands-on materials yourself, we’d be happy to provide you with the materials lists.

Amplify Science is device-agnostic, meaning it will work on any web-based desktop, laptop, or tablet you have available. For most devices, you need to just log in to our website from a Safari or Chrome browser, though if you’re using an iPad, certain apps should be downloaded to ensure optimal performance.

Our elementary and middle school programs do not require a 1:1 ratio of devices to students. The program is flexible and allows for multiple technology configurations.

Teachers need a device for both elementary school and middle school in order to project lesson materials, videos, sims, etc.

Printed teacher guides are also available for when educators need or prefer to work offline.

In our elementary school program, students use devices in small groups about once per week starting in 2nd grade. One device for every two students is ideal, with a minimum ratio of 1:4.

In the middle school program, students are typically on devices a few days of every week (or approximately 50 percent of the time), either in small groups or individually, with the option of working offline for most activities using printable PDFs in the online program, including a Student Investigation Notebook for note-taking and other essential activities, paper assessments, and scientific articles.

The middle school program requires the following:

  • Teacher device, for 100 percent of lessons
  • Student devices (for use in small groups or individually) required for approximately 50 percent of the lessons
  • iPads 3, 4, or Air running iOS 10+, using Safari browser (latest version).
  • Windows PCs running Windows 7+, using Chrome browser (latest version).
  • Chromebooks running Chrome OS.
  • Google Apps for Education accounts for all users or Clever.
  • Projector and screen or electronic whiteboard.
  •  One wireless access point per classroom.
  • Ability to whitelist a set of URLs on school’s content filter.



The elementary school program requires the following:

  • 1:2 ratio of students to devices, for grades 2-5 about once per week.
  • Teacher device, for 100 percent of lessons.
  • Ability to whitelist a set of URLs on school’s content filter.

If you’re on anything besides an iPad (Chromebook, MacBook, Windows Tablet, etc.), there is nothing to download. It is all web-based.

If you are on an iPad, certain apps have been optimized for that device and should be downloaded. They are free to customers in the App Store. Examples of these include the Metabolism Simulation, Natural Selection Simulation, Matter and Energy in Ecosystems Simulation, and Populations and Resources Simulation.

Access to devices and the Internet outside of the school widely varies; therefore our program has been designed to make homework optional. Teachers who know their students have access to devices and the Internet at home may decide to assign homework. Otherwise, the activities can be completed during class time. We have tested this approach in classrooms across the country and have found that some teachers assign homework and some allocate a portion of class time to complete the activity. Both methods work.

In the rare case of required homework, Amplify Science provides PDF worksheets that can be printed out to ensure equal access to the instructional materials.

At grades K-5, no access to devices/internet access at home is required, as no homework is digitally-based. For grades 6-8, if students have access to digital devices at home, they can log in to Amplify Science to complete homework activities. If students do not have access to digital devices at home, most homework assignments can be completed without devices by using the provided Investigation Notebook pages. Suggestions have been made for how to adapt homework assignments in the Unplugged section of the teacher Lesson Brief and in the Homework activity in the instructional guide.

For elementary school classrooms, devices are needed less often. For grades 2-3, devices are needed about one in five lessons; for grades 4-5, devices are needed about two in five lessons. When a device is needed, activities have been designed to be shared by two students, however, the lessons can still work if there is a 1:4 ratio.

For middle school classrooms, student devices (for use in small groups or individually) are required for approximately 50 percent of the lessons.