Curriculum samples

Promote a life-long love of learning with engaging, inquiry-based instructional materials designed by leading educators at UC Berkeley. Each program provides ongoing support and education in the use of these innovative materials and methods.

At least 1 in 5 students nationwide uses curriculum materials from the Hall in their school careers.


Full Option Science System (FOSS®)

The newest edition of the FOSS® Program brings three-dimensional teaching and learning into the classroom. Developed through an extensive research basis and years of classroom testing, this K–8 curriculum engages students in rich investigations that reflect the interconnected nature of science as described in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.


Amplify Science

A brand new, research-driven, digitally enhanced core curriculum for Grades K-8 that comprehensively addresses the vision described in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, including the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.

SEPUP Issue-Oriented Science

Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP)

Engage your students in issue-oriented science, the application of scientific methods to evaluate societal problems—like reducing landfill or avoiding food poisoning. Students learn the value of evidence-based problem solving while drawing connections between science and everyday life.

Seeds of Science Roots of Reading

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading®

Teach science concepts in depth while building literacy and discussion skills. This science curriculum for Grades 2–5 encourages active learning—students read, write, and discuss as scientists do.


Great Explorations in Math and Science® (GEMS®)

Engage students with activities that teach essential, standards-based mathematics and science concepts. GEMS® Teacher’s Guides and Sequences feature over 70 supplemental curriculum units for elementary and middle school classrooms.

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Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS)

An outdoor program that offers young people fun and challenging opportunities to investigate ecological relationships in their local environment. The 97 OBIS activities, which take youngsters outdoors to investigate biology and to increase their environmental awareness, can be used together or individually.

GSS Global Systems Science

Global Systems Science (GSS)

An integrated, interdisciplinary course for high school includes twelve student books, teacher guides, and Digital Earth Watch (DEW) software. The course deals with societal issues that require science for full understanding. The books may be sequenced in a custom, one-year integrated science course or serve as supplementary materials for existing high school biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, or social studies courses.


Hands-On Universe (HOU)

Enables middle school and high school students and teachers to investigate the universe while applying tools and concepts from science, mathematics, and technology. Using the Internet, HOU participants around the world request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image archive, and analyze them with the aid of user-friendly image processing software.


Marine Activities, Resources & Education (MARE)

A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives.