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Setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment

Welcome to STCMS–a complete program for middle school
  • 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
  • Follow a conceptual progression that deepens student understanding as it builds from lesson to lesson
  • Engage students’ curiosity and drive student learning using lesson 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
  • Integrate science content and literacy while drawing upon the Smithsonian’s research, scientists, and world-class collections
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Proven Results
Teacher support
Teacher Support

Teacher Support

  • Engage your students in investigations that center on 3D tasks, phenomena, and problem-solving
  • 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 rubrics
  • Benefit from lesson-by-lesson correlations, common misconception support, and point-of-use teacher tips as you transition to NGSS* and 3D instruction and 3D assessment
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Everything you need to teach—Kits, Print, and Digital

STCMS Teacher Guide
STCMS on Carolina Science Online