Teaching to Standards: Science

A research- and standards-based curriculum for secondary students to learn an inquiry-based approach to science

Product Features:
  • Core concepts include earth, biology, waters, and chemistry
  • Two years of classroom research demonstrates high effectiveness for teaching students with an intellectual disability or autism
  • A multiyear curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and the National Science Education Standards
  • Provides an extensive image library that can be used to create communication overlays and additional assignments
  • Teaching structure can be used for additional content from other science curricula like our Science Step by Step or Exploring Science
  • Includes a hands-on experiment with each lesson

Product Name Item No. Price Qty
Teaching to Standards: Science Curriculum TE-S10W $249.00
Teaching to Standards: Science Curriculum Plus TE-S40W $549.00
TS: Science Experiment Materials TE-SEMW $229.00
TS: Science Student Workbook - 10 Pack TE-SC01W $69.00
ScienceWork Extension Activity Book - 10 Pack TE-SE01W $69.00
  • grade_6-12
  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Research Based
    Research Based

    This product uses highly effective instructional strategies supported by research to promote student learning and progress.



A systematic science curriculum for middle and high school students!

Two years of classroom research at UNC-Charlotte have shown this curriculum to be highly effective in teaching science vocabulary and engaging students with significant developmental disabilities in inquirybased lessons. Students participate in a hands-on experiment during each lesson. Response pages help them engage in the inquiry process. Their own ScienceWork Student Book provides extension activities. Teachers follow scripted lessons that provide clear direction for individual student accommodations. The experiment materials included in the Curriculum Plus make it easy to prepare for class. An electronic Image Library can be used to create communication overlays and additional homework assignments.

The program features four units with five lessons each, all aligned to science standards and general education curricula: Earth, Biology, Waters, and Chemistry. All students learn actual scientific vocabulary like pollution, precipitation, and condensation.

Teaching to Standards: Science Curriculum includes one ScienceWork Student Book, one ScienceWork consumable Student Workbook, Student Response Guide, Implementation Guide, safety and KWHL posters, vocabulary and photo cards, staff training DVD, reproducible image library on disc, and PDFs of student materials and adaptations.

Teaching to Standards: Science Curriculum Plus includes the Curriculum plus a total of 10 consumable ScienceWork Student Workbooks, 10 ScienceWork Extension Activity Books, the GoWorksheet Maker iPad App, a set of corresponding GoWorksheet activities, samples of communication overlays, and an experimental materials kit.


By Ginevra Courtade, PhD, Bree Jimenez, MEd, Katherine Trela, PhD, and Diane Browder, PhD. ScienceWork, full-color, spiralbound, 104 pages; Implementation Guide, full-color, spiralbound; Student Response Guide, full-color, spiralbound, 121 pages, 2008.


Browder, Trela, Courtade, Jimenez, Knight, and Flowers (2012) found the inquiry-based lessons to be highly effective in teaching grade-level science concepts, vocabulary, and scientific process (with alternate achievement) for middle and high school students with significant developmental disabilities, including autism.


Supporting Research Articles:

Browder, D. M., Trela, K., Courtade, G. R., Jimenez, B. A., Knight. V., & Flowers, C. (2012). Teaching mathematics and science standards to students with moderate and severe developmental disabilities. The Journal of Special Education, 46, 26-35.


Jimenez, B. A., Lo, Y., & Saunders, A. (2014). The additive effects of scripted lessons plus guided notes on science quiz scores of students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Journal of Special Education. 47, 231-244.


Related Research Articles:

  • Teaching to Standards: Science Research Findings
  • Teaching to Standards: Science References
  • Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Subject Science
    Age Group Secondary
    Author Ginevra Courtade, PhD; Bree Jimenez, Med; Katherine Trela, PhD; Diane Browder, PhD
    ISBN 1-57861-661-1,1-57861-662-X,1-57861-663-8,1-57861-664-6
    Format Print
    Copyright 2008

    Samples and Support