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Amplify Science: Amplify Anywhere

Authored by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Science is a comprehensive program that blends literacy-rich activities, hands-on investigations, and engaging digital experiences to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like 21st-century scientists and engineers. As a blended program, Amplify Science was built to be flexible, and we have created even more resources to make it easy to teach no matter whether you are remote, in person, or some combination.

Amplify Science: Amplify Anywhere

Authored by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Science is a comprehensive program that blends literacy-rich activities, hands-on investigations, and engaging digital experiences to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like 21st-century scientists and engineers. As a blended program, Amplify Science was built to be flexible, and we have created even more resources to make it easy to teach no matter whether you are remote, in person, or some combination.

Supporting back to school 2020–2021

This back-to-school will be unlike any other. You and your leadership team have likely already begun to have conversations about modifications to your school’s schedule and instructional routines. Amplify is here to help you plan for whatever scenario, or combination of scenarios, your school will be facing this fall.

Amplify Science@Home

Beginning in August, Amplify Science teachers gain access to a new remote learning solution called Amplify Science@Home. These resources will make extended remote learning and hybrid learning easier for both teachers and students. Featuring educator-led videos of Amplify Science lessons and condensed units designed for at home engagement, Amplify Science @Home will support science instruction in no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech environments.

@Home Videos


Wish you could bring virtual Amplify Science instruction into your students’ homes? Would you like to see examples of how to teach Amplify Science remotely? Our @Home Videos are here to help. Available for each lesson of Amplify Science in English and Spanish, these videos show versions of original Amplify Science lessons adapted for remote learning and recorded by real Amplify Science teachers. As a teacher, you can send the @Home Videos directly to students or use the videos as a model to prepare for delivering the lesson yourself—live or recorded! If you need a print-only solution, or your time for science is significantly reduced, we have you covered! In this case, you’ll want to use the new @Home Units.

@Home Units


The @Home Units are strategically modified versions of Amplify Science units, highlighting key activities from the program. The @Home Units allow students to engage with science at home and take significantly less instructional time than the complete Amplify Science program. The @Home Units include:

  • Teacher overviews explaining how to use the materials.
  • Suggestions for enhancing the @Home Units if you have synchronous learning or in-class time with your students.
  • Resources to send home to families.
  • Assessment considerations.
  • Student materials available in two formats:
    • @Home Slides (PDF/PPT) + Student Sheets (PDF) for students with access to technology at home.
    • Downloadable @Home Packets (PDF) for students without access to technology at home.

How to use Amplify Science during remote learning

Here are possible implementation models based on 1) time to teach science and 2) resources available to students when learning at home.

“I’m expecting kids to spend significantly less time learning science, and we will have limited or no synchronous instruction time.”

Use the @Home Units as your basis for instruction.

  • If students have access to devices at home, use the @Home Slides.
  • If students do not have access to devices at home, use the downloadable @Home Packets.
  • If you have some synchronous time, whether in class or remote, use the suggestions for adapting the @Home Units to incorporate some synchronous learning.

“I’m expecting kids to spend roughly the same amount of time learning science, and we will have significant synchronous instruction time.”

Use the full Amplify Science program as your basis for instruction. This scenario assumes students have devices at home for remote learning.

  • Provide synchronous instruction in class or remotely via web conferencing.
  • Supplement with @Home Videos for additional asynchronous instruction.

Support for families

@Home Units include information to send home to families about the unit’s goals, materials, and approach. For more general information on the Amplify Science program, families can access the Family Resources website. This site includes a short video introduction to the NGSS standards, a high-level overview of the program’s components, summaries of all the units, and ideas for student investigations to conduct at home.

Training resources for teachers

We will be launching a new library of professional learning videos that will give teachers information about how to get started with Amplify Science. New teachers can use these resources to learn about our curriculum materials, navigation, and planning best practices, while even experienced teachers may find these resources to be a useful refresher!

Topics will include:

  • Program overview
  • Navigation support
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Teaching remotely and in hybrid settings using Amplify Science@Home.
  • These videos launch in June and will be accessible through the digital Teacher’s Guide.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to buy the new @Home Units?
You do not! We are providing the new materials free of charge as PDF and PPT documents to Amplify Science users.

Are the @Home Units full Amplify Science units?
No. These are condensed versions of Amplify Science units for those who will be dedicated less time for science this year, and are meant to take about half the amount of time as the standard units.

Are you going to have videos of all the hands-on activities?
Yes! Videos of all the hands-on activities will be available.

Will @Home Videos be produced for every K–8 unit?
@Home Videos will be produced for all K–5 units, and for the first four units of each 6–8 grade level.

When will @Home Videos be released?
@Home Videos will be released on rolling schedule, beginning in August.

Are resources available in Spanish?
Yes! The student-facing resources associated with the @Home Units, as well as the @Home Videos, will be offered in Spanish.

How will students who use the @Home Packets submit their work?
The answer to this question will depend on district resources and systems, but options could include:

  • Photographing their writing and submitting via Google Classroom or other platform.
  • Submitting an audio or video recording of an oral response, using a platform like Flipgrid.
  • Discussing the prompt with a parent or family member (no written submission from the student).

What is the approach to student discourse and how does it change in a remote setting?
The @Home Units will include suggestions for how to adapt student discourse activities for the range of remote learning contexts.

Will these resources support both synchronous and asynchronous learning?
Yes. For guidance on how to teach the program synchronously via video, refer to the @Home Videos which feature real Amplify Science teachers teaching lessons on video. For guidance on how to teach the program asynchronously, you can assign the @Home Videos to your students, or watch them yourself and use them as a model for creating your own videos to assign to students.

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