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STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D, Kindergarten Kit

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Storylines help students jump from one area of content to another in a logical flow. Given the distinct dynamic of PreK-12 classrooms across the country, STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D offers pre-made segments and enables teachers to create their own. By allowing teachers to select their own sequence, they can create their own segments and storylines that are custom-tailored to their classroom dynamic so that “jumps” from content to content are not so much leaps as a continuous flow based on student-driven interest and inquiry.

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STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D is filled with phenomena, from investigative labs to Student Wondering of Phenomena to hook activities. Phenomena are infused into all STEMscopes activities from beginning to end in the 5E+IA lesson model. Phenomena are used by teachers to help students develop inquiry when investigating phenomena of their own interest in the content area. Teachers can then use the student-driven phenomena as anchor phenomena to connect the lesson to real-life issues students are passionate about.

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Three-Dimensional Learning

STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D is built on Three-Dimensional Learning—crosscutting connections, discipline-specific core ideas, and science and engineering practices.

All three dimensions are seamlessly woven together in lesson activities so that students come to understand the Next Generation Science Standards not as discrete facts and skills, but as the process of applying science in our lives.

This type of learning means that students can interact with science as scientists themselves, combining personal interests, a spirit of inquiry, and the overarching concepts that govern how we understand the natural world.

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Blended Learning

While most textbook companies first write content and then drop in related activities, STEMscopes was written with the hands-on activities first, resulting in more effective curriculum. Combining digital resources, print, and hands-on kits helps students develop a more complete sense of STEM by learning content through a variety of modalities—increasing engagement by fostering a blended learning environment while empowering both traditional instruction and 1-to-1 classrooms.


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How STEMscopes is Built

Rooted in the Scientifically Proven 5E Model PLUS Intervention and Acceleration.

STEMscopes pedagogy has its roots in Bybee’s 5E model, Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, and the back-flipped classroom wherein students learn by doing and experiencing rather than passively observing.

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  • » Students get hooked on the science lesson through demonstrations and real-life applicable short activities.
  • » Pre-assessments let teachers know where students are, and additional teaching strategies put students on individual paths.

Exploreview detail

  • » Students conduct investigations to build upon their prior knowledge and to generate new ideas.
  • » Set-up videos help teachers see the lesson, materials set-up, and student outcome expectations.

Explainview detail

  • » Students use fun, collaborative grouping strategies and interactives to share their explanations of the exploration activities.
  • » Question prompts along with student responses are provided, and built-in progress monitoring helps teachers determine intervention needs.

Elaborateview detail

  • » Students are challenged to extend their conceptual understanding and apply their skills.
  • » Leveled options help teachers meet the unique needs of individual students.

Evaluateview detail

  • » Students demonstrate learning in Writing Science activities that are aligned to ELA standards such as main idea, making inferences, and graphic organization.
  • » Standards-based post-assessments help teachers gauge student mastery in relation to high-stakes exams.

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Our Mission: To Help Teachers Succeed

Key Benefits

Engage Students in Real STEM Learning

STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D drives student inquiry and a passion for STEM. Help your students understand the nuances and complexity of the NGSS through scientific investigations, engineering challenges, content connection videos, claim-evidence-reasoning assessments, and more.

Empower the Teacher, School, and District

Spend less time planning and more time focusing on helping struggling and advanced learners, through a variety of learning resources. STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D saves schools and districts money, provides free PD, and constantly evolves based on teachers’ feedback.

True Alignment to the NGSS

Built over three years, STEMscopes CA NGSS 3D meets all ETSs, CCCs, DCIs, and Scientific and Engineering Practices across all Strands, while considering the language and structure of the PEs to understand the bounds and limitations of what student outputs should be.

Professional Development

Being a highly effective teacher is equally important as having the best instructional resources. STEMcoachTM, the professional development arm of Accelerate Learning, knows that a teacher's professional development is the single best investment in our students' futures.

With STEMcoach, engaging and knowledgeable STEM coaches provide a wide variety of research-based, hands-on professional development and STEMscopes product trainings. STEMcoach is ready to develop your skills as a science teacher so you can have a direct impact on your students' success and build your leadership capacity for implementing STEM programs.

Professional Development

STEM Simulations

Introducing STEMscopes Interactive Simulations

STEMscopes simulations are embedded throughout the curriculum from kindergarten to 12th grade. These interactive elements help students practice their learned content knowledge and skills and enable teachers to assess in unique ways. Designed in two formats, Simulation Practice and SEP Simulations, they integrate smoothly with the hands-on experiences, STEM videos, and teacher resources.

STEM Videos

Explore STEM around the World

We're enhancing STEMscopes Content Connections with over 1000 new STEM videos!

Twig World licensed videos bring global STEM phenomena to your classroom without any additional cost or software—they’re already in your STEMscopes subscription!

Whether used in class or assigned for use at home, these short and impactful videos are sourced from top film archives, including BBC Worldwide and Getty Images libraries.

Enhance your hands-on experiences by seeing how the models you create with your students in class act in the real world.