Building Blocks of Science | 3DSmithsonian Programs

Smithsonian Science
for the Classroom

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Setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment

Welcome to Smithsonian Science for the Classroom–
20 phenomena- and problem-based modules for grades 1–5
  • Coherent storylines

  • Proven results

  • Teacher support

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Coherent storylines
Coherent storylines

Coherent Storylines

  • Build toward students answering a question or solving a problem
  • Begin with the end in mind—students start with the big idea then work backward through tasks that build to a culminating science or engineering design challenge
  • Pique students’ curiosity with Lesson Questions and drive understanding by grouping lessons with Focus Questions
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Proven Results

Proven Results

  • Raise test scores in science, reading, and math using proven, research-based instructional methods
  • Teach dynamic lessons that integrate science and engineering content at every grade level
  • Integrate science content and literacy while drawing upon the Smithsonian’s research, scientists, and world-class collections featured in the Smithsonian Science Stories Literacy Series
  • Offer literacy that meets the needs of all students: available on grade level, below grade level, and in Spanish
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Proven Results
Teacher support
Teacher Support

Teacher Support

  • Engage your students in 3D tasks and 3D assessments
  • Assess student understanding using a three-dimensional system that includes pre-assessment, formative assessment, student self-assessment, and a summative written assessment and performance assessment, accompanied by 3D scoring tables
  • Benefit from point-of-use support for everything from misconceptions to enrichment, to remediation, to ELL strategies as you transition to NGSS* and 3D instruction and 3D assessment
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Everything you need to teach—Kits, Print, and Digital

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom kit
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Teacher & Student Guides
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom on Carolina Science Online