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Smithsonian Science for the Classroom

All New! Smithsonian’s innovative answer to NGSS for Grades 1–5

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Hands-On modules:

  • Bring phenomena-based and problem-based learning to your classroom
  • Incorporate three-dimensional, hands-on learning into every investigation
  • Provide four modules at each grade level to meet all NGSS grade-level Performance Expectations
  • Provide everything you need to be successful—print, kits, digital

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Curriculum Framework

Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science Engineering Design
Grade 1
How Do Animal Parents Keep Their Babies Safe? † Is a Day Always the Same Length? † How Can We See Things in the Dark? † How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?
Grade 2
How Do Plants and Animals Need Each Other? † What Can Maps Tell Us About Water on Earth? † How Do Heating and Cooling Change Things? † How Can We Stop Soil from Washing Away?
Grade 3
What Explains Similarities and Differences Between Organisms? ** How Do Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives? ** How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion? ** How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes? *
Grade 4
How Can Animals Communicate with Light and Sound? ** How Is the Ring of Fire Evidence of a Changing Earth? ** How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision? ** How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes? *
Grade 5
How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems? *** How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate? *** How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties? *** How Can We Provide Freshwater to Those in Need? *

* Available Spring 2018

** Available Fall 2018

*** Available Early 2019

† Available Fall 2019 

NGSS Instruction for Kindergarten from the Smithsonian, Rooted in Real-World Phenomena

Seeing and experiencing is believing, and learning! For kindergarteners, science phenomena IS the world around them. The Smithsonian's STC-Kindergarten utilizes children's natural curiosity and 3-dimensional learning to build cohesive, 15- to 20-minute lessons that meet the spirt and intent of NGSS.

STC-Kindergarten™ Learning Framework

  Life Science Earth Science Physical Science
NGSS for Kindergarten Exploring Plants and Animals
K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
Exploring My Weather
K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1, KPS3-2
Exploring Forces and

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2
Exploring the World Set