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Smithsonian's STC Elementary Curriculum

You're on the Right Track to the New Standards with the Smithsonian's STC-Elementary™!

The Smithsonian's STC-Elementary™ (3rd Edition) delivers the inquiry-based science instruction you've trusted for over 20 years. Units for Grades 1–5 integrate the 3-dimensions of NGSS, connect content with the real-world, and foster STEM and critical-thinking skills that students will take with them to middle school and beyond.

STC™ Learning Framework K–5

  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
Grades 1–5 Organisms Weather Solids and Liquids Comparing and Measuring
The Life Cycle of Butterflies Soils Changes Balancing and Weighing
Plant Growth and Development Rocks and Minerals Chemical Tests Sound
Animal Studies Land and Water Food Chemistry Electric Circuits
Microworlds Ecosystems Floating and Sinking Motion and Design

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.