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Amplify Science California is so effective you can cover 100% of the NGSS in half the time of other programs.
 
You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing all you need is:

  • 88 days per year
  • 2-3 lessons per week
  • 45 minutes per lesson

What students learn

Lauren Learner loves science. Watch this video to find out what she learns in third grade. >
 
When you’re ready:

  • Find a summary of each unit below including each unit’s student role and anchor phenomenon.
  • Click on the orange “See how the unit works” link to download a helpful Unit Guide. These guides make great companions to busy reviewers looking for a big-picture understanding of how each unit works.








  • Units at a glance
    An illustration from the Balancing Forces unit

    Unit 1

    Balancing Forces


    Student role: Engineers


    Phenomenon: The fictional town of Faraday is getting a new train. Unlike typical trains, this one floats, which is causing some concern among the town's citizens.

    An illustration from the Inheritance and Traits unit

    Unit 2

    Inheritance and Traits


    Student role: Wildlife biologists


    Phenomenon: An adopted wolf in Graystone National Park has some traits in common with one wolf pack in the park and other traits in common with a different pack.

    An illustration from the Environments and Survival unit

    Unit 3

    Environments and Survival


    Student role: Biomimicry engineers

    Phenomenon: Over 10 years, a population of grove snails has changed. Populations with yellow shells have decreased, while those with banded shells have increased.

    An illustration from the Weather and Climate unit

    Unit 4

    Weather and Climate


    Student role: Meteorologists


    Phenomenon: Three different islands, each a contender for becoming an orangutan reserve, experience different weather patterns.

How teachers teach

Tom Teacher feels confident delivering 3-D instruction with our resources by his side. Watch this video to learn more. >
 
When you’re ready:

  • Scroll down and take a closer look at your classroom resources.
  • Click on the orange links below each component to see grade-specific samples.










  • Classroom resources for instruction
    Most adopted curriculum for the NGSS California

    Classroom Slides

    These customizable PowerPoints are available for every lesson of the program and make delivering instruction a snap with visual prompts, colorful activity instructions, investigation set-up videos and animations, and suggested teacher talk in the notes section of each slide.

    Teacher's Reference Guide

    Available digitally and in print, our unit-specific reference guides are chock full of helpful resources, including scientific background knowledge, planning information and resources, color-coded 3-D Statements, detailed lesson plans, tips for delivering instruction, and differentiation strategies.

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    Materials Kits

    Our kits include enough non-consumable materials to support a class of 36 students and enough consumable items to support 72 students. In other words, each kit can last two years! Plus, our unit-specific kits mean you just grab the tub you need and then put it all back with ease.

    Student Books

    Our award-winning Student Books include content-rich nonfiction and informational texts designed to introduce concepts and also deepen understanding. Books are read to, with, and by students with ample scaffolding and support provided by the teacher in whole-class, small-groups, and student pairs.

    Simulations and Practice Tools

    Our digital Simulations and Practice Tools are powerful resources for exploration and data collection, and allow students the ability to explore scientific concepts that might otherwise be invisible or impossible to see with the naked eye.

    Consumable Notebooks

    Available for every unit, our Student Investigation Notebooks contain instructions for activities and space for students to record data and observations, reflect on ideas from texts and investigations, and construct explanations and arguments.

    Amplify Science California and Mystery Science work together to help you transition to the California NGSS.

    Mystery Science

    Our exclusive partnership with Mystery Science means you get our NGSS core curriculum plus two years of free access to Mystery Doug and his extensive library of captivating videos that deepen students' understanding of each unit's phenomenon.

    Coming Soon

    Unlike other publishers, we don't make you wait until your next adoption to get the latest and greatest from Amplify. We're always launching new and exciting features. What's more, we'll push them out to you even after you adopt us!