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TEACHERS

We provide many opportunities for you and your students to engage in NGSS learning. Lawrence Hall of Science curricula and professional learning programs support teachers as they implement NGSS, in concert with Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, in ways that motivate young people toward learning. We also offer programs for your class and school.

For NGSS support for teachers, contact Vanessa Lujan.

Professional Learning and Support

Lawrence Hall of Science professional learning specialists design experiences and workshops that assist teachers in planning for and implementing NGSS while engaging in Common Core implementation and in support of environmental literacy. We offer customized professional learning and support through in-class modeling, workshops at the Hall or at your school site, a variety of tools, facilitation of professional learning communities (PLCs), and summer institutes.

Professional Learning Sessions may focus on supporting teachers to:
  • Infuse science and engineering practices into your curriculum
  • Engage students in science and engineering practicess
  • Addressing Common Core ELA standards with science instruction
  • Modify your current science curriculum to better align with NGSS
  • Plan, prepare, and implement Lawrence Hall of Science—developed curricula
  • Use science notebooks with specific, inquiry-based science programs
  • Support your priorities or interests
  • Strengthen your school's or district’s focus on Environmental Literacy
For More Info Please Contact:

Vanessa Lujan

Instructional Materials for the NGSS Era

Following is a list of instructional materials designed and developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science that address the NGSS. These materials provide a range of approaches to teaching and learning, because we at the Hall continue to innovate and contribute knowledge to the field. Of course, there is not one “best” design for curriculum. That is why we create various kinds of products and test different ideas and models to come up with better options, as well as ones that work more effectively in certain contexts.

Comprehensive Programs

Problem-based deep dives: Students inhabit the roles of scientists and engineers to figure out solutions to real-world problems and learn how the natural world works.

* * * Newly designed for NGSS * * *

Amplify Science Elementary is a complete curriculum for grades K–5, designed from the ground up to address the NGSS. Each unit engages students in the roles of scientists and engineers as they are challenged to solve real-world problems and figure out how the natural world works. Our K–5 program recognizes the importance of students' engagement with hands-on experiences, and amplifies those with literacy-rich activities, closely aligned digital experiences, and award-winning, informational books. With Amplify Science, students engage with scientific phenomena through doing, talking, reading, writing, and visualizing.

For More Info Please Contact:

Cameron Yahr

Problem-based deep dives: Argumentation-driven units combine hands-on investigations and state-of-the-art simulations to enable students to visualize, model, and explain complex, real-world phenomena.

* * * Redesigned and enhanced for NGSS * * *

Amplify Science Middle School is a complete curriculum for grades 6–8, designed from the ground up to address the NGSS. Its argumentation-driven units enable students to visualize, model, and explain complex, real-world phenomena. Students can access a rich collection of evidence sources, including those that are firsthand (hands-on investigations, state-of-the-art simulations, and modeling tools) as well as secondhand sources (engaging media and custom-written science articles, for example). Each unit provides students with a real-world problem to figure out. Every year-long course includes a launch unit, core units, and two digital engineering internships, and is available as either an Integrated or a Domain-Specific program. The program is available for 1:1 (one computer device for every student) situations, as well as for use with paper investigation notebooks and access to computer devices only about half the time at 1:2 (one computer device for every two students).

For More Info Please Contact:

Cameron Yahr

Active science learning experiences: Firsthand investigations that engage students in explaining natural and designed phenomena for deep conceptual learning.

* * * Redesigned and enhanced for NGSS * * *

FOSS is a comprehensive grades K–5 and 6–8 research-based, active-learning science curriculum. From its earliest development, FOSS has employed an inquiry approach to teaching and learning. The framework for grades K–12 Science Education and NGSS has provided a new way for FOSS’s developers to refine these ideas and support teachers in their classroom practices. The FOSS instructional design for grades K–8 does the following: communicates the disciplinary core ideas, guides and encourages students to engage in or exercise the science and engineering practices, and helps students comprehend the crosscutting concepts.

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For More Info Please Contact:

Linda DeLucchi

Jessica Penchos

Issue-oriented science: Preparing students to become scientifically literate citizens and make evidence-based decisions.

* * * Redesigned and enhanced for NGSS * * *

Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important, science-related, personal and community issues. SEPUP’s three-year middle school sequence uses issues to integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, ranging from laboratories and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, including literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and aligns with much of the NGSS across the three dimensions.

For More Info Please Contact:

Barbara Nagle


Interested in seeing comparisons of Hall-created instructional materials?
Compare Grade 1 units from three different Hall Programs—all focused on the same life science standards (PDF)
Compare Grade 5 units from four different Hall Programs—all focused on the same life science standards (PDF)
Compare Middle School units from three different Hall Programs—all focused on the same physical science standards (PDF)
Compare Middle School units from three different Hall Programs—all focused on the same Earth science standards (PDF)

Additional Resources (which may be used to support NGSS implementation)

Integrated science units: Immersing students in learning about marine/aquatic habitats.

Young students investigate how living things survive in pond habitats (grade K) and seashore habitats (grade 1) through engaging in firsthand investigations, researching and communicating information, and constructing their own explanations. Steps in the class’s learning progress is made visible on a “thinking like scientists and doing what scientists do” bulletin board.

Visit these pages for more information and access to this free curriculum:
For Grade K: Ponds
For Grade 1: Life at the Seashore

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte

Discourse-rich investigations into the natural world: Using the ocean as a context.

Funded by and developed with NOAA scientists, the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences were designed to strategically focus on essential core knowledge for ocean sciences. Two in-depth curriculum sequences engage grades 3–8 students in firsthand investigations and making evidence-based explanations. One sequence targets upper elementary students (grades 3–5), while the other targets middle school students (grades 6–8). These sequences provide a strong model for integrating ideas across science disciplines.

Visit these pages for more information about Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences:
Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences
Discovery Corner at the Lawrence Hall of Science

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte

Align your program with the NGSS while engaging your students in applying what they learn to important, science-related issues of sustainability, the environment, and human health. SEPUP’s Science and Global Issues' two-year sequences use these issues to integrate NGSS-aligned scientific practices and crosscutting concepts with disciplinary core ideas. This is accomplished through a wide variety of learning activities, ranging from laboratory work and other hands-on investigations to readings and interactive computer simulations. The program provides extensive support for teachers, including literacy support and a research-based embedded assessment system, and it aligns with much of the NGSS across the three dimensions.

For More Info Please Contact:

Barbara Nagle


Direct Service to Your Students

The Lawrence Hall of Science provides NGSS-aligned science programs directly for your students. Our programs engage them in the practices that scientists and engineers use in their work, including problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and arguing from evidence. We interweave the development of these skills with content knowledge to empower young people from all backgrounds to think, work, and live together in a future that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.

On-site at the Lawrence Hall, we offer an array of 75-minute workshops that provide the opportunity for exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ideas, concepts, and practices that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These workshops maximize access to the Hall’s rich resources, including animals, interactive exhibits, outdoor experiences, and specialized equipment to support science learning. Both on-site at schools and in community settings, we deliver festivals and shows that create an engaging environment for exploring specific content areas connected to the NGSS. These highly interactive programs support large groups of learners to engage with STEM.

Visit the Hall’s Field Trips page to explore our exhibit and workshop offerings and to view NGSS connections by grade level. Or contact the Registration Office either by email or by phone (510-642-5134).

For More Info Please Contact:

Reyna Hamilton

Transform your elementary or middle school into an ocean-studies laboratory with MARE! This whole-school, interdisciplinary program teaches Earth, physical, and life sciences as well as language arts, math, and art—all in the context of marine environments. Let our staff engage your students in science experiences, while modeling many of the science practices of NGSS, including asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, constructing explanations, and arguing from evidence.

For More Info Please Contact:

Sarah Pedemonte

Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Services

The Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science partners with teachers, schools, and districts to support your efforts in NGSS development, implementation, assessment, evaluation, and research. We offer a full spectrum of independent services to provide evidence and insights that foster high-quality, equitable, and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities within and across all types of learning environments. For more information, please email Ardice Hartry, Interim Director of the Research Group.