Amplify Science Resources for NYC (6-8)
Welcome! This site contains supporting resources designed for the New York City Department of Education Amplify Science adoption for grades 6–8.
It’s about that time – if you haven’t already begun unit 5, it’s quickly approaching. Check out our recordings and materials from Election Day 2021 PL: Guided Planning below. They will help walk you through the most helpful materials on the unit landing page to get you ready to teach.
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As the 2021-2022 school year kicks into full gear, you’re likely thinking about making your classroom responsive to student needs due to the covid-19 pandemic.
- CLRT in Amplify Science
- SEL in Amplify Science
- Responsive Relaunch Introduction Video
- Responsive Relaunch NYC Brief
Got additional questions? Use Zoom to attend office hours with Adaliz Gonzalez, the DOE’s Middle School Science Lead on Thursdays from 3-4pm.
Meeting ID: 852 2280 0969
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This page includes planning, implementation, and professional learning resources for NYC schools using Amplify Science. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the categories in the navigation bar on the left side of the page, so that you’ll be able to easily find what you need.
Most New York City educators come here looking for specific information, but if you’re new to Amplify Science, we recommend you read through the program guide to learn a little about the program.
New to Amplify? – Start HERE!
Teachers and Administrators
Step 1: Review the Amplify Science Overview Video.
Step 2: Review the NYC Scope and sequence for 21-22 school year.
Step 3: Review the Unpacking the Kit Videos listed below to understand what’s in your unit 1 kit.
Step 4: Access your unique Log-in information to log-in to the Amplify Science Curriculum outlined below under Login support
Step 5: Log into the platform and access our Program Hub. Select Using this site for self study for a complete suite of training videos and resources for an initial orientation video series.
Step 6: Log into the curriculum and begin studying the Unit Map and Teacher’s Guide resources and begin planning your first lesson. Print out the NYC Program Guide for essential program information.
Step 7: Administrator’s ONLY – Review the new administrator orientation presentation for an overview of the program. Review other materials under Admin Resources.
NOTE: Should you need any additional guidance on how to get started with prep (or anything else!), please feel free to get in touch with our pedagogical support team. They are available Monday-Friday from 7AM-7PM EST. You can reach them via the chat icon in the lower right- hand corner of your screen when logged in, through email (email@example.com), or via phone (800-823-1969).
Getting started resources
- NYC Resource Site overview – quick links
- Tech requirements
- Classroom Technology Quick Start Guide – a one-page guide to using Amplify Science in a variety of technology environments
- Login video: Classroom teacher login with Amplify
- 6-8 science teacher: Login with Amplify or TeachHub (district preferred login method)
- 6-8 administrator: Login with Amplify or TeachHub (district preferred login method)
- 6-8 students: Login with Amplify or TeachHub (district preferred login method)
- Other staff (co-teachers, ICT, etc.): Administrator instructions for creating a Shared Teacher Login
- How to reset student(s) password
- How to log my class out of a shared device
- Clever class logout instructions
Unpacking your first Amplify Science classroom kit
21-22 Login Update
The temporary login credentials for fall ’21 have been deactivated.
Please make sure you check out the Getting started resources > Login Support below for instructions around teacher and student logins. If there are any issues, please confirm with your STARS programmer that your classes are assigned correctly and then contact our Amplify Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-823-1969 for further assistance.
21-22 NYC Scope and Sequence and Pacing Guide
Use our NYC Field Trip List to plan an engaging field trip for your students!
NYC Companion Lesson Guides
The format of the NYC Companion Lessons is similar to other Amplify Science lessons. Some companion lessons are designed to require more than a single class period to teach, so each lesson includes pacing suggestions. Science Background sections support teachers with the science content introduced in the lessons. For students’ written work, possible student responses are included at the end of each lesson guide.
The Lesson Guides are available in the last section of each unit’s print Teacher’s Guide and can be downloaded from the tables in the downloads section below.
NYC Companion Lesson Copymasters
Each NYC Companion Lesson has an accompanying Copymaster (for creating student sheets) that can be copied and distributed to students or used as a visual reference. The NYC Companion Lessons require students to have physical copies of the student sheets. The copymasters are available to download as printable PDF files from the tables in the downloads section below.
Grade 6 Lesson guides and Copymasters
Harnessing Human Energy: Investigating Electrical Devices:
Harnessing Human Energy: Investigating Non-Touching Forces:
Harnessing Human Energy: Reading About Non-Touching Forces:
Thermal Energy: Designing Hot and Cold Packs:
Populations and Resources: Reading “The Amazing Variety of Life in a Coral Reef”:
Weather Patterns: Reading “What Makes Water Move?”
Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate: Investigating Deep Ocean Currents:
Grade 7 Lesson Guides and Copymasters
Metabolism: Reading “How You Are Like a Sneezing Iguana”
Metabolism: Plant Growth Investigations
Metabolism: Reading “How Do Trees Grow So Huge Without Eating?”
Phase Change: Reading “Icy Heat”
Chemical Reactions: Identifying Substances
Chemical Reactions: Mixtures, Properties, and Separation
Grade 8 Lesson Guides and Copymaster
Magnetic Fields: Water Wheel Design
NYC Companion Kits
Materials needed to teach Amplify Science lessons are provided in a kit for each unit. While some materials used in the NYC Companion Lessons are also found in a unit’s kit, materials specific to the companion lessons are provided in NYC Companion Kits. The contents of each kit and any additional materials needed to teach the companion lessons are listed in the PDFs provided below. Please select your grade to view or download the list.
NYC Student Editions (print)
The NYC Student Editions are durable student references that compile all reading material required for a grade level, including the articles students read for NYC Companion Lessons. Students reading in the Student Edition should annotate the text directly with sticky notes to achieve the full benefits of Active Reading. The Active Reading approach was designed as an interactive process in which students highlight and annotate digital or hard copies of articles directly. Printable versions of the articles are available in the downloads section below.
NYC Investigation Notebooks (for teacher download)
Remote and hybrid learning resources
In response to the shifts towards remote learning, Amplify has created resources for using our programs remotely. Please visit our Program Hub accessible via your Teacher Platform for all of our hybrid and remote learning supports which includes guidance for teachers and parents/guardians.
Additionally, please see below where you’ll find the recordings from our recently held webinars on our remote learning resources and some best practices for implementing Amplify Science in a distance learning setting.
Professional learning opportunities
Interested in attending training? Check out and sign up for this year’s PL offerings here!
Election Day 21-22 PL
Grade 6 Guided Planning Presentation and Webinar
Grade 7 Guided Planning Presentation and Webinar
Grade 8 Guided Planning Presentation and Webinar
Grades 6-8 Unpacking Phenomena Presentation and Webinar
All 2020-2021 PL session materials can be found below under Professional learning resources.
Amplify Science Back-to-School Recorded Webinars – Amplify held a series of national office hours throughout the summer and fall to share information about our new resources to support remote and hybrid learning– including recommendations about what to prioritize from your curriculum and essential refresher topics, such as how to navigate your program and find the best planning resources. Feel free to watch all recorded sessions at your convenience.
Archived Professional Learning Resources
For general questions about the Amplify program (navigation, pedagogy, login), please reach out:
Email – email@example.com
Phone – call toll-free at (800) 823-1969, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. ET
Amplify Chat – click the Amplify Chat icon within the individual teacher account