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.

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:

  • An online teacher’s guide
  • Step-by-step lesson instructions
  • Suggested modifications to customize for your unique setting
  • Embedded formative assessment
  • …..and more.

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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Amplify Science Elementary School

Our complete program for Grades K-5, available Fall 2017, 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.

  • Physical Science: Available Fall 2016
  • Life Science, Earth and Space Science: Available Fall 2017

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Frequently asked questions

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

Yes, we believe that hands-on experience is 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 middle school, much of what students study is invisible. In those units, we also provide student-centered investigation through simulations that enable students to visualize the unseen. 

While our program is modular in order to provide ultimate discretion to teachers and schools, Amplify Science is on the side of knowledge. We feel it is essential to teach science that has broad consensus from scientists around the world.

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.

All units include a culminating writing activity, and the middle school core units also include a multiple choice/short answer post-unit assessment.  These activities can be used for assigning a summative grade.

Classroom realities are different for each teacher. We have designed our middle school lessons to be completed in a minimum of 45 minutes. Grades 2-5 are designed for a minimum of 60 minutes. Kindergarten and Grade 1 lessons are designed for a minimum of 45 minutes.

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 progress in students’ written scientific explanations and arguments, which are based on teacher-assigned rubric scores of writing tasks. It also includes assessment of additional key concepts, based on unit assessment questions, modeling tools uses, 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.

Amplify Science is device-agnostic. 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.

The middle school program requires the following:

* 1:1 ratio of students to devices, for 100 percent of lessons.

* Teacher device, for 100 percent of lessons.

* iPads 3, 4, or Air running iOS 8+, using Safari browser.

* Windows PCs running Windows 7+, using Chrome browser.

* Chromebooks running Chrome OS.

* Google Apps for Education accounts for all users.

* 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.

* iPads 3, 4, or Air running iOS 8+, using Safari browser.

* Windows PCs or tablets running Windows 7+, using Chrome browser.

* Chromebooks running Chrome OS.

* MacBooks running OSX 10.9+, using Safari or Chrome browser.

* Google Apps for Education accounts for teachers.

* Projector and screen or electronic whiteboard.

* One wireless access point per classroom.

* Ability to whitelist a set of URLs on school’s content filter.

For middle school classrooms, a device is needed every day. Each student should have his or her own device.

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, the activity has been designed to be shared by two students, however, the lessons can still work if there is one device for every four students.

Teachers need a device 100 percent of the time for both elementary school and middle school.

Our elementary school program does not require 1:1. A 1:2 ratio (one device for every two students) is ideal, and devices are only required about once per week. At a minimum, a 1:4 ratio will work.

Our middle school program does require devices every day. A 1:1 implementation is ideal, but if device carts are available and can be reserved every day for the class period, this will work as well.

If devices are not available at the levels described above, we may be able to work out a solution for our elementary school product (e.g. the teacher projects her device and allows students to take turns interacting with the simulations). For middle school, there is no solution to implement the lessons without the device access described above.

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.

If you’re on anything besides an iPad (Chromebook, MacBook, Windows Tablet, etc.), there is nothing to download. It’s all web-based. If you are on an iPad, however, certain apps have been optimized for that device and should be downloaded. They are free (through purchase of the corresponding unit) in the App Store. Examples of these are the Metabolism Simulation, Natural Selection Simulation, Matter and Energy in Ecosystems Simulation, and Populations and Resources Simulation.

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

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

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

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

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

Our kits comprise necessary print materials as well as physical hands-on materials. So, if you would like to procure the physical hands-on materials yourself, we’ll be happy to provide you with the materials list. We’ll just need some lead time to assemble special kits for you that exclude the hands-on materials, and to establish the print-only kit price.

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