Three-Dimensional Science Instruction
- FAQ – Implementing Arizona’s Science Standard
- Learning Progressions for K-5 Science
- Learning Progressions for 6-12 Science
- K-5 Science Curriculum Analysis Worksheet
- 6-12 Science Curriculum Analysis Worksheet
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Science and Engineering Practices
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Crosscutting Concepts
- Comparison of Arizona’s Science Standard to the Disciplinary Core Ideas
Examples of Three-Dimensional Science Lessons
- Kindergarten Example: Life Cycles (Heredity)
- Grade 3 Example: Light
- Grade 4 Example: Earth’s Processes
- Grade 8 Example: Chemical Reactions
- HS Chemistry Example: Rate of Reactions
- HS Biology Example: Adaptations
- HS PS Example: Energy of Pendulums
- HS ES Example: Climate Patterns
- 3-D Science Concept Organizer Template
- Grade K Example – Heredity
- Grade 3 Example: Light
- High School Earth Science Example: Climate Patterns
Science Instructional Resources - ADE Developed
Science Instructional Resources - External Sources
- icon external link3D Models of The Human Body: Interactive Online Tool
- icon external linkArizona Science Resources and Programs
- icon external linkAnnenberg Media Learner.org
Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools.
- icon external linkARS News and Information
Research news, science for kids, and images from Agricultural Research Service.
- icon external linkBioLEAP Lending Library of Life Science Materials
- icon external linkThe Biology Project
An interactive resource for learning about biology concepts, sponsored by the University of Arizona.
- icon external linkThe Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
- icon external linkDigital Library for Earth System Education
Interactive visual search tool for exploring the detailed 3-D models of human body parts-including muscles, veins, bones, and organs.
Document contains links to Arizona resources and programs, such as parks, museums, and organizations connected to science education.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society provides a comprehensive library of dissection alternatives that includes high-relief, three dimensional plastic models, computer software programs, color transparencies, videotapes and other materials for a wide range of species. These materials are available on a free loan basis to students, teachers, school boards and others interested in advancing science education without harming animals.
CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, includes lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and more.
- icon external linkInternational System of Units (SI)
The International System of Units, abbreviated SI, is the modern metric system of measurement. This site provides a list of the 7 base units, derived units, and their symbols.
Provides content modules for teaching about density, pressure, simple circuits, and ecosystems.
Portal page to the Modeling Theory of Physics Instruction program.
- icon external linkModeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE)
Provides numerous research-based, math oriented science units, complete with instructional materials, instructions, and rationale.
- icon external linkNational Institute for Science Education
- icon external linkNASA Spacelink
- icon external linkNational Science Digital Library
- icon external linkNational Science Teachers Association – Learning Center
Publications, research and educational activities.
An Aeronautics and Space Resource for Education.
NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
Includes Science Objects (free one- to two-hour interactive simulation-based learning experiences) and NSTA Web Seminars (free weekly 90-minute, live professional development experiences that allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners).
- icon external linkSTEM Notebooks
- icon external linkThe Tree of Life Home Page
- icon external linkUnderstanding Evolution – An evolution site for teachers
- icon external linkUSGS – Education
The Learning Web, a portion of the U.S. Geological Survey to, a portion of the USGS web sit dedicated to K-12 education, exploration, and life-long learning.
Provides information and strategies for creating science and STEM notebooks, including examples of student notebooks.
Provides virtual tours of the Smithsonian Institutions, teaching resources, exhibits, and professional development information.
Information about phylogeny and biodiversity.
Comprehensive site containing extensive background information to help teachers understand the complexities of evolution and teach it effectively.
Laboratory Safety Resources
icon icon Arizona School Facilities Board requirements for science classrooms . (see page 15 of the PDF document)
icon icon Science and Safety, Making the Connection (pdf)
A Secondary Safety Guide produced by the Council of State Science Supervisors.
icon iconSafety in the Science Classroom, Laboratory, or Field Sites (pdf)
icon external-linkSafe Chemical Management in Schools
The EPA has assembled a toolkit and resources for the safe handling of chemicals in schools and school districts.
Science Professional Development Opportunities
Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time
- Recommended Instructional Time (elementary)
- High School Graduation Requirements(as adopted on 12/10/07)
- Table of High School Course Requirements (as adopted on 12/10/07)
- icon external-linkArizona Board of Regents – Admissions Requirements for Science (see page 3 for ABOR’s definition of laboratory science)
Research and Publications
- icon external linkA Framework for K-12 Science Education
This document developed by the National Academies of Science’s Board on Science Education outlines a vision for K-12 Science education, focusing on 3-dimensional learning.
- icon external linkAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
- Advances science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association
- icon external linkAtlas for Science Literacy
This book features visual maps of science content from K to 12, and helps schools and districts with science curriculum development.
- icon external linkBenchmarks for Science Literacy
Developed by the Project 2061, the Benchmarks look at adjusting science curriculum to essential elements with a goal of having all graduates scientifically literate by 2061.
- icon external linkCurriculum Topic Study
Curriculum Topic Study is an NSF-funded project that is developing a coordinated set of science materials to help K-12 educators deepen their understanding of the important science topics they teach. CTS builds a bridge between state and national standards, research on students’ ideas in science, and opportunities for students to learn science through improved teacher practice.
- icon external linkDesigning Optimal Knowledge for Teaching Science and Mathematics (pdf)
This paper examines reform proposals for K-12 science and mathematics teaching, including Literature that delineates the varieties of knowledge that have been associated with this kind of teaching. This paper addresses the character of that knowledge rather than the content of that knowledge.
- National Academy of Sciences
Provides latest research and policy in science, engineering, and medicine.
- National Association for Research in Science Teaching
The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.
- icon external linkNational Science Foundation
Includes information about the agency, its programs, and its publications; details of NSF grants; and links to other science-related research centers
- icon external linkNCREL Science
Provides research articles on policy and best practices for mathematics and science education issues.
- Science for All Americans On-Line
Developed by the Project 2061, this book consists of a set of recommendations on what understandings and ways of thinking are essential for all citizens in a world shaped by science and technology.
Grants and Awards
General Science Assessment Information
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
- icon Externa Link NAEP Profile for Arizona – Grade 4
- icon Externa Link NAEP Profile for Arizona – Grade 8
icon Externa Link Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
TIMSS, formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.
Arizona Science Assessment
Science AIMS will be administered to grades 4, 8, and HS Biology during Spring 2016 and all subsequent school years until a new science standard is adopted and implemented. A timeframe for adopting new science standards or changing the science assessment in Arizona has not yet been determined.
Science Student Guides
Science Sample Tests
Contact Information: Lacey Wieser, Director of K-12 Science and STEM/602-364-2332