100% NGSS Approved
STEM Curriculum

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The KNOWING SCIENCE team, working with scientists, engineers, physicists, educators, and award-winning teachers developed an innovative and engaging curriculum that is based entirely on the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS. Starting with the first draft of the FRAMEWORK FOR K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION the KNOWING SCIENCE curriculum has been designed to provide unique and engaging learning experiences for all students, easy-to-implement lessons for teachers, and a foundation for school districts to transition to the new approach to teaching and learning science and engineering practices.


  • Engage in exciting, developmentally-appropriate, ‘hands-on/minds-on’ activities that capitalize on their natural curiosity and encourage observation and exploration
  • Develop and practice skills of collaborative problem-solving, science literacy, and mathematical reasoning through differentiated guided inquiry
  • Participate in a curriculum that facilitates dynamic, scaffolded skill development and encourages connection--building through lessons focused on crosscutting concepts and scientific and engineering practices.

School Districts

  • Transitions your teachers and students to the Next Generation Science Standards with the award-winning Knowing Science curriculum
  • Introduces the new approach to teaching and learning science with Crosscutting Concepts, Engineering and Scientific Practices outlined in every lesson.
  • Provides tools for your teachers to develop students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (STEM)


  • Access ready-to-use lessons and materials, including fiction and nonfiction literature selections as well as manipulatives designed to support cognitive development in young children.
  • Present concepts in a logical, developmentally appropriate sequence that incorporates opportunities to learn, apply, and practice science, mathematic, and literacy skills.
  • Monitor and track student progress with performance- based assessments that complement the curriculum and are designed to engage students in problem-solving and inquiry.

Curriculum Kits


Learning to Think invites our youngest learners to experience science in their own world. They classify rocks according to observable characteristics.
They are introduced to the components of weather and observe and record patterns in weather conditions and seasonal changes. Students compare traits of living and nonliving things.


Let’s Compare invites young learners to explore how forces affect the way objects move. They observe and recognize patterns in weather. Students compare traits of living and nonliving things and learn how living things obtain basic needs necessary for survival.

Grade 1

Movement introduces students to properties of light and sound energy. They observe cycles and patterns in the apparent motion of the sun, moon phases and stars. Students make connections between animal structures, families, and survival, and also between life cyclesin plants and animals.

Grade 2

What’s the Matter? explores the unique properties of matter and materials. Students are introduced to the idea living things are interdependent within an ecosystem, and howfast and slow processes can shape Earth’s land and water features.

Grade 3

In Grade 3, students expand their knowledge of life cycles and how variations of traits in organisms affect survival over time. They deepen their understanding of weather and how its components combine to produce extreme weather. Students investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces.

Grade 4

In Grade 4, students examine how internal and external structures and behaviors in plants and animals affect growth and survival. They deepen their understanding of Earth’s surface and the processes that affect it. Students observe patterns in the motion of various waves, and investigate how energy is transferred by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

Grade 5

In Grade 5, students examine the interconnectedness between Earth systems; its geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and how these systems interact with living things through photosynthesis and food webs. They further understand patterns in the apparent motion of Sun, moon, and stars, and how matter is made from a combination of other materials too small to be seen.

Grade 6

In Grade 6, the Middle School NGSS standards begin and students delve deeply into Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science concepts. For example, life Science provides an in-depth study of cells, senses and the nervous system, and how matter and energy flow through the living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

    Knowing Science eBooks

  • High­interest short stories that introduce concepts and vocabulary;
  • Explanations and summaries written with language that directly relates to
  • student daily experiences;
  • Interactive video game­style activities that reinforce learning;
  • Self­checking review questions.
NEW! Hard copies of the interactive Knowing Science eBooks are available through Click on the link to buy them: Physics, Earth Science, Life Science, and Data and Experiments

Knowing Science® will transition your school district to the Next Generation Science Standards

  •  100% alignment to Next Generation Science Standards
  •  Complete lesson, easy to follow from start to finish
  •  Materials, manipulatives, and equipment for hands-on, inquiry-based activities
  •  Connections between science and literacy through nonfiction text and leveled readers
  •  Correlation with CCSS ELA and CCSS Mathematics
  •  Opportunities for extended learning
  •  Rubrics for formative and summative assessment
  •  Professional development and support, including science background information for teachers

“The activities are certainly well-written, logical, and well-sequenced. I can see that you have thought deeply about what measurement entails and what ideas concerning the process children should learn through participation in hands-on activities. I know that students struggle with measurement and graphing concepts all the way through high school.”

Bruce Tulloch, Ed.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Education, Associate Dean of Education, Union Graduate College

“Knowing Science® is a valuable component to our first grade curriculum. It nurtures children’s intrinsic curiosity and wonder about the world in which they live. This program provides opportunities for exploration and inquiry, both of which are necessary for deep conceptual development of scientific concepts.

The teachers enjoy this program. Its structure leads to immediate student engagement and meaningful interactions among students. The provided lesson plans, manipulatives, assessments, extensions, and literacy components contribute to the richness of the program and foster in-depth learning.
It is an absolute pleasure to observe our first grade scientists as they collect, analyze and discuss data together. Our students beg their teachers to let them be involved in this program every minute of every day!!”

Patricia B. Molloy
Former Principal of Jackson Avenue Elementary School, Mineola, NY, Mineola UFSD

"This programs allows our students to investigate to explore and to become passionate about what they want to learn."

Matt Gaven
Principal, Middle School
Mineola Union Free School District

"My class just finished the Life Science eBook from Knowing Science. The students were totally engaged in learning of the content and answering the questions. Thank you for this outstanding resource. My students will be prepared for this year’s test."

Vince Interrante
4th Grade Teacher
Mineola Union Free School District
Knowing Science and the Science Teachers Association of NYS are exemplary in suppling Professional Development and teaching resources for pre-school and early grade teachers.
Dudley Herschbach, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize –Chemistry 1986, National Medal of Science 1991
Quoted from the STANYS Special Edition Newsletter focusing on teaching science in elementary school.

Award Winning NGSS Curriculum

Winner of the 2014 Be the change for Kids innovation award

100% alignment to Next Generation Science Standards

Texas adopts Knowing Science Curriculum

The Texas State Board of Education adopted instructional materials under Proclamation 2014 at their November 2013 meeting. Proclamation 2014 includes Knowing Science K - ­2 Teachers Manuals, STEM kits, and Literacy Books.

View Texas Edition Sample lessons here

Knowing Science is the most advanced and only 100% NGSS aligned Pre-K to Grade-6 STEM Curriculum. Contact us to find out how to use Knowing Science in your school or classroom today.