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Smithsonian's STCMS Curriculum

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Setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment

Welcome to STCMS—a complete program for middle school:

  • Coherent storylines
  • Proven Results
  • Teacher support

Customize a middle school program that meets your needs with flexible modules that can be implemented using a discipline-specific or integrated model.

STCMS™ Learning Framework

  Physical Science Life Science Earth/Space Science

Grades 6–8
Energy, Forces, and Motion
MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-1, MSPS3-2, MS-PS3-5, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Ecosystems and Their Interactions
MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6, MS-ESS3-3, ETS1-1, ETS1-2
Weather and Climate Systems
MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5, PS3-4, ETS1-1, ETS1-2
Matter and Its Interactions
MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-3, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS1-5, MSPS1-6, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Structure and Function
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS1-8, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3
Earth's Dynamic Systems
MS-LS4-1, MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2, ETS1-1, ETS1-2, ETS1-3, ETS1-4
Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer
MS-LS1-8, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2, MS-PS4-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Genes and Molecular Machines
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS3-1, MS-LS3-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-5, MS-LS4-6
Space Systems Exploration
MS-PS2-4, MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Research Modules
Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing?
LS3-2, LS1-4, LS1-5, ESS3-3, ETS1-1
What Evidence Suggests Similarities Among Organisms?
LS4-1, LS4-2, LS4-3, ESS1-4
How Can We Use Technology to Monitor Aquatic Ecosystems?
PS4-1, PS4-2, PS4-3, ESS3-4