Welcome, Middle School Science Reviewers!

Thank you for taking the time to review Amplify Science for grades 6–8. On this site, you’ll find all the resources you need to learn more about this engaging and robust NGSS program. Plus, we make it easy to experience our program firsthand with a live demo account that features our interactive learning platform.

Overview

With Amplify Science, students don’t just passively learn about science concepts.
 
No matter where your students are learning—whether at school or at home—they take on the role of scientists and engineers to actively investigate and make sense of real-world phenomena. They do this through a blend of cohesive and compelling storylines, hands-on investigations, collaborative discussions, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools.
 
Listen to these educators share how the program empowers students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers every day.

EdReports All-Green

Amplify Science 6–8 is currently the only series out of fourteen middle school programs to receive an all-green rating on EdReports.
 
Green ratings represent EdReports’ highest ranking and indicate that a curriculum meets expectations for every gateway of the EdReports review system. For science grades 6–8 the three gateways are:

  1. Designed for NGSS
  2. Coherence and Scope
  3. Usability

 
Click to read the report.

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Program structure

Our cyclical lesson design ensures students receive multiple exposures to concepts through a variety of modalities.
 
As they progress through the lessons within a unit, students build and deepen their understanding, increasing their ability to develop and refine complex explanations of the unit’s phenomenon. It’s this proven program structure and lesson design that enables Amplify Science to address 100% of the NGSS in fewer days than other programs.

Unit sequence

Our lessons follow a structure that is grounded in regular routines while still being flexible enough to allow for a variety of learning experiences.
 
In fact, our multi-modal instruction offers more opportunities for students to construct meaning, and practice and apply concepts than any other program. What’s more, our modular design means our units can be flexibly arranged to support your instructional goals.

  • Grade 6

    An illustration from the Microbiome unit

    Unit 1

    Microbiome

    Domain: Life Science

    Unit type: Launch

    Student role: Microbiological researchers

    Phenomenon: The presence of 100 trillion microorganisms living on and in the human body may keep the body healthy.  

    An illustration from the Metabolism unit

    Unit 2

    Metabolism

    Domain: Life Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Medical researchers

    Phenomenon: Elisa, a young patient, feels tired all the time.  

    An illustration from the Metabolism: Engineering Internship unit

    Unit 3

    Metabolism Engineering Internship

    Domains: Life Science, Engineering Design

    Unit type: Engineering internship

    Student role: Food engineers

    Phenomenon: Designing health bars with different molecular compositions can effectively meet the metabolic needs of patients or rescue workers.  

    An image from the Traits and Reproduction unit

    Unit 4

    Traits and Reproduction

    Domain: Life Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Biomedical students

    Phenomenon: Darwin’s bark spider offspring have different silk flexibility traits, even though they have the same parents.  

    An illustration from the Thermal Energy unit

    Unit 5

    Thermal Energy

    Domain: Physical Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Thermal scientists

    Phenomenon: One of two proposed heating systems for Riverdale School will best heat the school.  

    An illustration from the Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate unit

    Unit 6

    Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate

    Domains: Earth and Space Science, Physical Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Climatologists

    Phenomenon: During El Niño years, the air temperature in Christchurch, New Zealand is cooler than usual.  

    An illustration from the Weather Patterns unit

    Unit 7

    Weather Patterns

    Domains: Earth and Space Science, Physical Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Forensic meteorologists

    Phenomenon: In recent years, rainstorms in Galetown have been unusually severe.  

    An illustration from the Earth's Changing Climate unit

    Unit 8

    Earth's Changing Climate

    Domains: Earth and Space Science, Life Science

    Unit type: Core

    Student role: Climatologists

    Phenomenon: The ice on Earth’s surface is melting.  

    An illustration from the Earth's Changing Climate: Engineering Internship unit

    Unit 9

    Earth's Changing Climate Engineering Internship

    Domains: Earth and Space Science, Engineering Design

    Unit type: Engineering internship

    Student role: Civil engineers

    Phenomenon: Designing rooftops with different modifications can reduce a city’s impact on climate change.  

  • Grade 7

  • Grade 8

Access program

Watch the video to the right plus the ones below showing you how to navigate our digital platform. When you’re ready, follow the instructions below to log into our live demo account.
 

  • Click the orange button below to access the platform.
  • Choose the resources you’d like to review.
  • Pick your grade level from the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down to find additional grade-level resources.
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Navigating an Engineering Internship (Part 1)

This Part 1 video demonstrates how Engineering Internship units invite students to design solutions for real-world problems as interns for a fictional company called Futura. In the process, they apply and deepen their learning from Core units.

Navigating an Engineering Internship (Part 2)

This Part 2 video demonstrates how to use the Futura Workspace to manage the immersive experience of the Engineering Internship units. This includes guidance on how to create student groups, how to review student work, and how to send students targeted feedback on their designs.

Navigating our reporting tools

Teachers of Amplify Science grades 6–8 have access to a feature called Reporting. When unit assessments are administered digitally, the Reporting tool enables teachers to analyze student performance on the unit assessments.

Differentiation post-assessment

Every core unit of Amplify Science 6–8 features a formal formative assessment opportunity at the mid-way point, or “Critical Juncture,” of the unit, which provides an important opportunity for differentiation.

Get in touch

Robert

Have questions? Bob McCarty is standing by and ready to help.
 
Robert “Bob” McCarty
Senior Account Executive
(435) 655-1731
rmccarty@amplify.com