Amplify Science

A new phenomena-based core curriculum for grades K-8

Inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and curious citizens

Amplify Science is a brand-new, highly engaging K-8 core curriculum designed for three-dimensional, phenomena-based learning.


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


Amplify has been pioneering digital education products for more than 15 years, empowering teachers across the country to offer more personalized instruction and accelerate the potential of their students to become more active, engaged learners. Amplify has supported more than 200,000 educators and three million students in all 50 states.

Built for the NGSS

Amplify Science is a brand-new blended science curriculum for grades K-8 that meets 100 percent of the Next Generation Science Standards. Our full-year curriculum integrates the tools, strategies, and assessments students need to develop the deep scientific understanding envisioned by the NGSS.

Real-world, problem-based experiences

Every unit in Amplify Science has students taking on the role of a scientist or engineer in order to investigate a real-world, 21st-century problem. Through their investigations, students are exposed to a diverse range of scientific fields and career paths.

Research-based, multimodal approach

Through a proven, multimodal approach, Amplify Science students learn to do close readings of scientific texts, build visual models of their understanding of scientific phenomena, use digital simulations to collect evidence, and craft oral and written scientific arguments based on evidence.

Ongoing teacher support

Curriculum should be more than a dropped-off kit and list of instructions. Amplify Science focuses on supporting the teacher at all levels. From an online teacher’s guide and lesson-specific differentiation strategies to robust professional development, teachers of Amplify Science feel comfortable, confident, and excited to teach.

Students are challenged to figure out how a floating train works in order to explain it to the citizens of the fictional city Faraday.

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Inhabiting the role of medical students in a hospital, students are able to draw the connections between the large-scale, macro-level experiences of the body and the micro-level processes that make the body function as they first diagnose a patient and then analyze the metabolism of world-class athletes.

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Course structure

Grade K

  • Needs of Plants and Animals
  • Pushes and Pulls
  • Sunlight and Water

 

Grade 3

  • Balancing Forces
  • Inheritance and Traits
  • Environments and Survival
  • Weather and Climate

Grade 1

  • Animal and Plant Defenses
  • Light and Sound
  • Spinning Earth

 

Grade 4

  • Energy Conversions
  • Vision and Light
  • Earth's Features
  • Waves, Energy, and Information

Grade 2

  • Plant and Animal Relationships
  • Properties of Materials
  • Changing Landforms

 

Grade 5

  • Patterns of Earth and Sky
  • Modeling Matter
  • The Earth System
  • Ecosystem Restoration

Earth and Space Science

  • Launch:
    Geology on Mars
  • Plate Motion
  • Engineering Internship:
    Plate Motion
  • Rock Transformations
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate
  • Weather Patterns
  • Earth's Changing Climate
  • Engineering Internship:
    Earth's Changing Climate

Life Science

  • Launch:
    Microbiome
  • Metabolism
  • Engineering Internship:
    Metabolism
  • Traits and Reproduction
  • Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
  • Natural Selection
  • Engineering Internship: Natural Selection
  • Evolutionary History

Physical Science

  • Launch:
    Harnessing Human Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Engineering Internship:
    Force and Motion
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Thermal Energy
  • Phase Change
  • Engineering Internship:
    Phase Change
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Light Waves

Grade 6

  • Launch:
    Microbiome
  • Metabolism
  • Engineering Internship:
    Metabolism
  • Traits and Reproduction
  • Thermal Energy
  • Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate
  • Weather Patterns
  • Earth's Changing Climate
  • Engineering Internship:
    Earth's Changing Climate

Grade 7

  • Launch:
    Geology on Mars
  • Plate Motion
  • Engineering Internship:
    Plate Motion
  • Rock Transformations
  • Phase Change
  • Engineering Internship: Phase Change
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Populations and Resources
  • Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

Grade 8

  • Launch:
    Harnessing Human Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Engineering Internship:
    Force and Motion
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Light Waves
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • Natural Selection
  • Engineering Internship:
    Natural Selection
  • Evolutionary History