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Two boys in middle school are conducting a science experiment in a classroom
Two girls in elementary school are using Amplify Science on a laptop
Traits and Reproduction unit

Inspiring the next generation of California scientists, engineers, and curious citizens

Amplify Science California blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

 

Top-rated by EdReports logo, grade 6 through grade 8

The national edition of Amplify Science for middle school was recently rated all-green by EdReports. See sample units from the program.

Do, Talk, Read, Write students outperform their peers.

A chart that shows that Do, Talk, Read, Write students outperform their peers

ELLs who used Do, Talk, Read, Write outperformed their ELL peers.

A chart that shows that ELL students who use Do, Talk, Read, Write outperform their peers

Progress through the learning progression for all middle school implementations, 2017-18 school year.

A chart that shows the progress through the learning progression

Grounded in research and proven effective

UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, the authors behind Amplify Science California, developed the Do, Talk, Read, Write, Visualize approach, and gold standard research shows that it works. Our own efficacy research is pretty exciting, too.

What educators say

“Just looking through the Amplify Science curriculum, I’m wishing I could go back in time and learn these concepts with these resources! I love that Amplify is more focused on diving deeper into fewer concepts over the year, rather than grazing the surface of more topics.”

Lizzie Middle school teacher, KIPP charter network

What educators say

“In using this program, I have seen that my students are completely engaged and are able to visualize models of concepts using the simulations that they otherwise would not be able to visualize. The program is not about rote memory of facts—rather, it addresses the bigger picture and assesses a deeper understanding of science concepts.”

Julie Science teacher, Georgia

What educators say

“The engineering units are engaging and really helped me better understand the new standards. I love being able to walk around and talk to students as they explore solutions, make claims, and reason with their peers.”

Karla Science teacher, California

A powerful partnership

Amplify Science California was developed by the science education experts at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and the digital learning team at Amplify. As the Hall’s first curriculum designed to address the new science standards, Amplify Science California reflects state-of-the-art practices in science teaching and learning.

Our approach

Each unit of Amplify Science California engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions.

Four students work together to perform a scientific experiment

Rooted in research

Amplify Science California is rooted in the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Do, Talk, Read, Write, Visualize model of learning. This research-based approach presents students with multiple modalities through which to explore the curriculum.

Two middle school girls conduct a science experiment

A flexible, blended program

Amplify Science California includes hands-on activities, print materials, and powerful digital tools to support online and offline teaching and learning. Highly adaptable and user-friendly, the program gives schools and individual teachers flexibility based on their technology resources and preferences.

Two middle school girls use a Student Investigation Notebook to take on the role of scientists and engineers

Students take on the roles of scientists and engineers

In each unit, students take on the role of a scientist or engineer to investigate a real-world problem. These problems provide relevant contexts through which students investigate phenomena.

Phenomena-based teaching and learning

Download the “What’s so phenomenal about phenomena?” e-book

What's included

Flexible resources that work seamlessly together

Elementary Middle school
Amplify Science Student Book What My Sister Taught Me About Magnets
Amplify Science Student Book Handbook of Plants
Amplify Science Student Book Rocky Wonders
Amplify Science Student Book Made of Matter
Amplify Science Student Book Biomimicry Handbook

Student Books

Age-appropriate Student Books allow students to:

  • engage with content-rich texts
  • obtain evidence
  • develop research and close-reading skills
  • construct arguments and explanations
Amplify Science Student Investigation Notebook Balancing Forces
Amplify Science Student Investigation Notebook Patterns of Earth and Sky
Amplify Science Student Investigation Notebook Modeling Matter
Amplify Science Student Investigation Notebook Properties of Materials

Student Investigation Notebooks

Available for every unit, the Student Investigation Notebooks provide space for students to:

  • record data
  • reflect on ideas from texts and investigations
  • construct explanations and arguments
Ecosystem Restoration digital simulation
Earth's Features digital simulation
Environments and Survival digital simulation

Simulations and practice tools (grades 2+)

Developed exclusively for the Amplify Science program, these engaging digital tools:

  • serve as venues for exploration
  • enable data collection
  • allow students to explore scientific concepts
  • show what might be impossible to see with the naked eye
Amplify Science Spinning Earth Teacher Guide
Amplify Science Spinning Earth Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guides

Available digitally and in print, the Teacher’s Guides contain all of the information teachers need to facilitate classroom instruction, including:

  • detailed lesson plans
  • unit and chapter overview documentation
  • differentiation strategies
  • standards alignments
  • in-context professional development
Amplify Science hands-on materials.
Amplify Science hands-on materials.
Amplify Science hands-on materials.

Hands-on materials kits

Hands-on learning is at the heart of Amplify Science California. Each unit kit contains:

  • consumable and non-consumable hands-on materials
  • print classroom display materials
  • premium print materials for student use (sorting cards, maps, etc.)
Amplify Science articles
Amplify Science middle school

Science articles

The middle school science articles serve as sources for evidence collection and were authored by science and literacy experts at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Student Investigation Notebook Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: Biodome Collapse
Amplify Science Traits and Reproduction Student Investigation Notebook
Amplify Science Chemical Reactions Student Investigation Notebook
Amplify Science Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate Student Investigation Notebook

Student Investigation Notebooks

Available for every unit, the Student Investigation Notebooks provide space for students to:

  • record data
  • reflect on ideas from texts and investigations
  • construct explanations and arguments

Available with full-color article compilations for middle school units

Thermal Energy digital simulation
Metabolism digital simulation
Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate digital simulation

Digital student experience

Students access the digital simulations and modeling tools, as well as lesson activities and assessments, through the digital student experience. Students can interact with the digital student experience as they:

  • conduct hands-on investigations
  • engage in active reading and writing activities
  • participate in discussions
  • record observations
  • craft end-of-unit scientific arguments
Amplify Science Geology on Mars
Amplify Science Geology on Mars Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guides

Available digitally and in print, the Teacher’s Guides contain all of the information teachers need to facilitate classroom instruction, including:

  • detailed lesson plans
  • unit and chapter overview documentation
  • differentiation strategies
  • standards alignments
  • in-context professional development
Amplify Science hands-on materials.
Amplify Science hands-on materials.
Amplify Science hands-on materials.

Hands-on materials kits

Hands-on learning is at the heart of Amplify Science California. Each unit kit contains:

  • consumable and non-consumable hands-on materials
  • print classroom display materials
  • premium print materials for student use (sorting cards, maps, etc.)

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