Smithsonian Science for the Classroom

For the elementary grades 1-5, the team at the Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed 20 new hands-on modules designed for the NGSS.  With three dimensional learning embedded into each investigation, they bring phenomenon based and problem-based learning into your classroom.  Each module challenges students to answer questions to explain phenomena or design solutions to real-world problems.  Within each module and across grade levels they offer a coherent learning progression of both knowledge and skills.  Multiple lessons in each module incorporate reading, writing, speaking and listening to fully integrate English language arts.  The storylines for each module carefully integrate with the familiar 5E instructional model clearly articulating how the three dimensions of the NGSS are embedded in to each investigation.

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Grade 1 (Some units not yet released from the publisher)

How do Animal Parents Keep Their Babies Safe?

1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, K-2-ETS1-1

Is a Day Always the Same Length?

1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, 1-PS4-2

How Can We See Things in the Dark?

1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, 1-LS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1

1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, 1-LS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1

Grade 2 - (Some units not yet released from the publisher)

How do Plants and Animals Need Each Other?

Unit Storyline

2-LS2-1, 2-LS4-1, 2-LS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1

What Can Maps Tell Us About Water on Earth?

Unit Storyline

2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3, 2-PS1-1

How Do Heating and Cooling Change Things?

Unit Storyline

2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-3, 2-PS1-4, K-2-ETS1-1

K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS1-1

Grade 3
3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1
3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, 3-5-ETS1-1
3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, ETS1-3, 3-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4
Grade 4
4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-PS4-2, 4-PS4-3, 3-5-ETS1-1
4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2, 4-PS4-1, 3-5-ETS1-1
4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-LS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1

3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-4, 4-PS3-2, 4-ESS3-1

Grade 5
5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1

5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 5-LS2-1

3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2, 5-ESS3-1