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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.

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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.

Supporting remote and hybrid learning

It goes without saying that this year has been unlike any other. We’re completely in awe of what you’ve accomplished as you’ve adjusted your instructional routines to meet your district’s ever-changing reality. As we all continue to navigate the world of remote and hybrid learning, Amplify is here to help you plan for whatever scenario, or combination of scenarios, your district is facing.

Amplify Science@Home

Amplify Science teachers now have access to a new remote learning solution called Amplify Science@Home. These resources make 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 supports science instruction in no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech environments.

@Home Videos and other video resources


Available in English and Spanish, @Home Lesson Videos feature real Amplify Science teachers delivering instruction for every lesson at every grade level. These videos are great for PD, supporting flipped classroom learning, and reinforcing learning for students who would benefit from hearing lesson content more than once.

Unit Orientation Videos and Unit Guides introduce the role students take on in the unit and the phenomenon they work to figure out, and highlight key science concepts and activities. A companion PDF called the Unit Guide provides an at-a-glance view of the activities that take place during each chapter.

Student eBooks with Audio and Video Read-Alouds make remote learning literacy integration easier with audio support and video read-alouds. The embedded speaker feature in our eBooks allows student to listen to one page at a time while our read-aloud videos featuring real classroom teachers provide a modeled reading with comprehension or fluency support.

@Home Units

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

Teacher Overviews provide general information for each unit and include suggestions for pacing, tips for adjusting instructional time, instructional routines that should be planned for, and recommendations for chapter- and lesson-level modifications.

Available in both PDF or Google slide formats, @Home Slides and Student Sheets replace the Classroom Slides and Student Investigation Notebooks used with our traditional units. Embedded within each slide deck are links to other resources and prompts to complete relevant activity sheets, which are available as a separate @Home Sheets PDF.

@Home Student Packets are printable packets that deliver parallel content as @Home Slides and Student Sheets, but in a way that supports students with little or no access to technology. With a single PDF for each lesson, students have access to all instruction and relevant activity sheets in one document.

 

Support for families

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Family Overviews include information to send home to families about each unit’s goals, materials, and approach. Families can also access the Amplify Science Family Resources website, which 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.

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to buy the new @Home Units if I’m already using Amplify Science?
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 are dedicating less time for science this year, and are meant to take about half the amount of time as the standard units.

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

Do you offer training for teachers?
Yes, we offer on-demand professional development resources specific to remote and hybrid learning.

Do you have videos of all the hands-on activities?
Yes! Videos of all the hands-on activities are available.

How do students who use the @Home Packets submit their work?
The answer to this question depends 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 include suggestions for how to adapt student discourse activities for the range of remote learning contexts.

Do 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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