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 Introductory Kit TE-S10W $249.00
Teaching to Standards: Science Classroom Kit TE-S20W $499.00
Teaching to Standards: Science ScienceWork Book TE-S01W $29.00
Teaching to Standards: Science Experiment Materials TE-SEMW $229.00
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    Data Capture

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    Research Based

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



Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE is a research-based science curriculum for middle and high school students (ages 12-21) who have moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism. The curriculum objectives align with state and national standards, including those established by the National Science Education Standards.

The curriculum includes four units of study which address science standards using an inquiry-based approach: Earth (Earth’s history), Biology (including microbiology), Waters (Earth’s waters), and Chemistry. Lessons are based on the principles of systematic instruction and provide scripts and suggestions for adaptations to accommodate students who are nonverbal, have visual or hearing impairments, or have special physical needs. All students learn actual scientific vocabulary like pollution, precipitation and condensation.

Evidence-based practices for teaching science to this population were gleaned from a comprehensive literature review and form the basis for the curriculum. Suggestions for extending skills or for creating more learning opportunities in the everyday lives of the students are provided as stories in the ScienceWork book. The program can be used as a full-year curriculum or as a model for selecting content that matches specific state standards.

What you get:

Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE
Introductory Kit includes:

  • ScienceWork student activity book – stories that provide additional science content allowing for content generalization, new information or a greater depth of scientific knowledge.
  • Student Response Guide – response pages that allow verbal and non-verbal students to actively participate in each inquiry question.
  • Implementation Guide – lesson plans for teaching the curriculum based on systematic instruction with color-coded scripts.
  • Safety Rules for Science Class Poster – for daily review of the science safety rules. 22 x 28 inches.
  • KWHL Chart Poster – with a writable/wipable surface for use with water-soluble markers. 28 x 22 inches.
  • Cards –-– 40 Sight Word and Picture Cards  cards representing the science concepts and key terminology of each unit; 8 Photo Cards.
  • Getting Started Staff Training DVD – video demonstrations to learn the teaching techniques and view the experiments.
  • Image Library – CD with reproducible images and PDF files of student materials and adaptations.

Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE
Classroom Kit includes:

  • 8 ScienceWork books
  • Complete set of experiment materials
  • Plus all other materials in the Introductory Kit

How it works:

Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE is highly effective in teaching science vocabulary and engaging students in inquiry-based lessons.

Students participate in a hands-on experiment during each lesson. The Student Response Guide helps them engage in the inquiry process.

The student book, ScienceWork, provides extension activities that connect the student's world to science concepts.

Using the Implementation Guide, teachers follow scripted lessons that provide clear direction for individual student accommodations

TSS Experiments:

If you purchase the Classroom Kit, materials and equipment needed for the experiments are included, except for food items and items commonly found in a classroom or at home. The storage bin provides extra space for storing materials you gather. These experiment materials make it easy to prepare for class.

Also included is an Image Library on a disk that you can use for communication overlays and additional homework assignments.

Materials List
If you purchase the Introductory Kit, this list will help you gather the materials you need for the experiments. Download a PDF of the Materials List under the Samples tab above.

Extra ScienceWork student books and the Experiment Materials are available separately.

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.

Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE is also part of our Core Curriculum Solution: Secondary.

Additional Info

Additional Info

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

Samples and Support