“Science education should start early, and it should be comprehensive. Texas recognizes that students need coherent instruction that builds knowledge from lesson to lesson to develop deep scientific understanding. PhD Science TEKS Edition will deliver what the state is seeking to help students act as scientists to observe, model, investigate, and understand the world around them.”
—Pam Goodner, Chief Academic Officer, Science
PhD Science® is a phenomenon-based program in which teachers facilitate the learning, but students own it. In every module, students explore authentic phenomena to build an enduring understanding of core science concepts through hands-on investigations and evidence-based learning. And now it is being adapted to align with the TEKS and, in partnership with TEA through its Texas Home Learning initiative, will be available as an open education resource for all schools and districts in the state.
PhD Science TEKS Edition lessons and investigations are being adapted to meet the needs of a virtual learning environment, including read alouds of supporting texts for a module—available as part of PhD Science in Sync TEKS Edition. The videos are available in English and Spanish. After each video students will complete lesson-specific tasks in their Science Journals.
Watch the Weather and Climate Lesson 1b video to see the student experience for continuous learning.
Digital Teacher Edition
A PDF resource that allows teachers to explore the full lesson and provides resources to help them understand the context of the lesson, lesson set, and module
Learn Anywhere Plan
A pacing guide for daily lessons to help teachers guide student learning in class or at home
Science Journal Support
Sample student responses to Science Journal tasks to help teachers gauge student understanding
Slides with lesson-specific content for online and in-class instruction and discussion with students
(available in English and Spanish)
Module Level Welcome Video
A brief orientation, introducing students to the module topic and the Great Minds® teacher
Daily Video Lessons
Lessons and investigations adapted to a virtual environment in video form, including read alouds of the carefully curated supporting texts selected for each module
Fillable PDFs focused on the lesson’s essential learning that include activities and questions for students to complete during or after each video; printable for students without internet access
Fillable PDFs students use to record observations, answer questions, process ideas and concepts, synthesize information, and plan investigations
Family Tip Sheet
An overview of the curriculum so families can support students at home
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