PhD SCIENCE

Great Minds, creator of Eureka Math® and Wit & Wisdom®, is proud to introduce an exemplary new elementary science program: PhD Science™. Based on the new science standards and created by our team of teacher–writers and experts, this innovative curriculum inspires students to wonder about the world and empowers them to make sense of it. 

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KNOWLEDGE-BUILDING CURRICULUM

What does knowledge building look like in the classroom, and how can educators foster a knowledge-building learning environment? Watch the webinar with our panel of experts, including Natalie Wexler, author of "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System–and How to Fix It."

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EVALUATING SCIENCE CURRICULUM OPTIONS

Administrators in Daviess County share their experience evaluating science curriculum options and discuss why they selected PhD Science. Learn about their evaluation process, the shift they've seen in science teaching and learning, and the process of incrementally implementing a three-dimensional science program. 

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PILOT PHD SCIENCE IN YOUR SCHOOL

More than 900 classrooms across the country have piloted PhD Science. These teachers transitioned from lecturing about science to facilitating lessons where students drive the learning. Learn more about how you can transform science teaching and learning in your classroom by piloting the PhD Science this year.

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EXPLORING PHENOMENA

PhD Science is a phenomenon-driven curriculum. Through authentic anchor phenomenon, each module explores core science concepts to help students make sense of the world around them. Every lesson builds on the lessons before it, weaving a coherent storyline for the module as students dig deep into each concept they're exploring. Through observation, questioning, modeling, investigation, and evidence-based argumentation, students build knowledge that they can demonstrate by applying their understanding in different contexts through Science or Engineering Challenges in each module. PhD Science helps move students from reading about science to doing science.

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Phenomena-based learning
Student artwork demonstrating understanding of energy transformations.
THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL

PhD Science is based on the Next Generation Science Standards and A Framework for K–12 Education. The curriculum was created to help teachers address the pedagogical shift required to incorporate three-dimensional teaching and learning in the classroom. PhD Science wasn't retrofitted to meet new expectations in science. It was written from the start to help students uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas by engaging in the Science and Engineering Practices, and use the lens of Cross-Cutting Concepts to make sense of phenomena. 

CONTENT AREA CONNECTIONS

Content-area connections provide students with rich experience as they dig even deeper into the topics they're exploring. The Teacher Edition outlines connections to math, history, art, and English language arts. Every module includes one or more trade books carefully selected to support the science while allowing students to practice their literacy skills. Incorporation of fine art is a unique feature of PhD Science. It provides students with a window into the anchor phenomenon and an opportunity to transfer their knowledge into unexpected contexts. Observing fine art also makes the lesson accessible to all students as they share what they notice and wonder about the piece—preparing them to ask questions and make observations throughout the science lesson.

Student reading informational text about windmills.
TRANSFORMING CLASSROOMS

"Great Minds did transform the way my students look at science, but it also transformed the way I look at science. Before this, science was an acquisition of facts. We read from a book and we answered questions. But it was never an experience generated by the students. This curriculum is a science experience."  Susan Warren, pilot teacher in Owensboro, KY 

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