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Smithsonian Science for the Classroom

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Setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment


Welcome to Smithsonian Science for the Classroom: 20 phenomena- and problem-based modules for grades K–5:

  • Coherent storylines
  • Proven results
  • Teacher support

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Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Learning Framework for Grades K–5

An integrated approach to teaching science and engineering

Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science Engineering Design
Kindergarten–NOW AVAILABLE!
What Do Plants and Animals Need to Live? How Can We Be Ready for the Weather? How Can We Change an Object's Motion? How Can We Stay Cool in the Sun?
Grade 1
How Do Living Things Stay Safe and Grow? How Can We Predict When the Sky Will Be Dark? How Can We Light Our Way in the Dark? How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?
Grade 2
How Can We Find the Best Place for a Plant to Grow? What Can Maps Tell Us About Water on Earth? How Can We Change Solids and Liquids? How Can We Stop Soil from Washing Away?
Grade 3
What Explains Similarities and Differences Between Organisms? How Do Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives? How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion? How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?
Grade 4
How Can Animals Use Their Senses to Communicate? What Is Our Evidence That We Live on a Changing Earth? How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision? How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes?
Grade 5
How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems? How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate? How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties? How Can We Provide Freshwater to Those in Need?



NGSS Instruction for Kindergarten from the Smithsonian, Rooted in Real-World Phenomena

Seeing and experiencing is believing, and learning! For kindergarteners, science phenomena IS the world around them. The Smithsonian's STC-Kindergarten utilizes children's natural curiosity and 3-dimensional learning to build cohesive, 15- to 20-minute lessons that meet the spirt and intent of NGSS.

STC-Kindergarten™ Learning Framework

  Life Science Earth Science Physical Science
NGSS for Kindergarten Exploring Plants and Animals
K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
Exploring My Weather
K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1, KPS3-2
Exploring Forces and

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2
Exploring the World Set