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By the time today’s elementary students reach adulthood, 75% of new career opportunities will likely be in STEM fields. ScienceFusion® combines the interactive digital engagement today’s students expect, and the learning support they need, to advance in science with in-depth understanding.

Award-winning Digital Lessons and Virtual Labs, enhanced by more than 3,000 videos, animations, and simulations, create learning that lasts by enriching the print program with complementary content. Open the door to a world of science beyond the classroom.

Maximize learning options with two complete curricula—print and digital.

Engage students in science through virtual and hands-on labs.

Build critical-thinking skills for success in science beyond the classroom.

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"Some students prefer the text, some prefer the audio, some prefer the digital lessons. I want them to have access to what’s going to make them successful."

Teaching Science at a Title 1 School

An experienced teacher at a Florida Title 1 middle school describes how ScienceFusion’s comprehensive approach to blended learning is a “win-win” for both students and teachers.

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Think outside the book for meaningful, real-world science

ScienceFusion offers two complete curricula supported by online resources for planning, instruction, and assessment. With two different learning paths (one print, one digital) and distinct content approaches for each lesson, teachers have twice the instructional power and student engagement is maximized.

Student Experience

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  • A full range of interactive instructional options—write-in worktext, digital lessons, hands-on or virtual labs—engages students in small-group, lab, or whole-class settings.

  • Inquiry lessons (Grades K–5) and Labs (Grades 6–8) support every learner in print and online with three levels of scaffolded differentiation: directed, guided, and independent inquiry.

  • Digital lessons offer technology-enhanced questions with interactivity like drag and drop, match, and more.

  • Inquiry Flip Charts (K–5) facilitate small-group, hands-on work. Lab Manuals (6–8) support the full range of labs with data sheets, safety notes, tips for modification, and more.

HMH Field Trips

Where will your instruction take you? With HMH Field Trips powered by Google®Expeditions, the answer is virtually anywhere. As a proud Google Content Partner, we have developed 360-degree virtual field trips that allow students to travel through history, explore the world, and witness scientific wonders without ever leaving the classroom!

Immerse Your Students in Science

Take your students on a tour through the world of science right in your classroom.

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An immersive digital program enriches the curriculum with timely videos, simulations, HMH Field Trips powered by Google Expeditions, and opportunities for further online exploration.

Teacher Experience

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  • ScienceFusion was built to A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the foundation of the NGSS.

  • A spiraled technology and coding curriculum for Grades 1–8 ensures that students meet the engineering standards expectations.

  • Robust STEM opportunities include real-world challenges, hands-on activities, and Video-based Projects, and Careers in Science or People in Science profiles get students thinking about pursuing their own STEM careers.

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  • Every lesson guides teachers through activities, probing questions, misconception alerts, differentiated instruction, and vocabulary support.

  • To build nonfiction literacy skills, Science & Engineering Leveled Readers with Teacher Guides are available in a range of Lexile® readability levels.

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  • The Teacher Online Management Center is designed to make it easier for teachers to access program resources to plan, teach, assess, and track.

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Maximum Flexibility
ScienceFusion assessments offer formative and summative assessments in both print and digital formats.

Customizable Tests
The Online Assessment includes assignable, leveled assessments for each student.

The Assessment Guide provides a complete directory to the program’s assessment features, including Unit Reviews, Pre- and Post-tests, Alternative Assessments, Performance-Based Assessments, and Answer Keys.

Practice- and program-specific support for teachers

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Professional Learning

Our team of Professional Learning Consultants includes teachers, thought leaders, and technologists who become part of your team, collaborating to build and implement professional learning plans that respect the unique needs and culture of your school or district. Choose from a full spectrum of support services to ensure success—from program-specific courses to embedded coaching.

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Embedded Professional Support

Saving valuable prep time, Content Refreshers for every lesson (in print and online) help keep teachers up to speed on science topics. Charts in the print planning pages break down key topics and learning goals. mySmartPlanneron the all-in-one online Teacher Dashboard supports flexible planning and customization, and the Digital Lessons and Labs offer easy access to unit- and lesson-level teaching resources.

Our grade-level solutions

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Grades K–5

Single-grade elementary editions feature complete print and digital curricula: write-in textbooks and Interactive Online Student and Teacher Editions with additional digital resources.

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Grades 6–8

At the middle school level, 11 topical modules (write-in texts plus full digital editions) covering Life, Earth & Space, Physical Science, and Engineering can be matched to a district’s standards progression.

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1 Inspire investigative, scientific thinking

Students learn science best by doing and experiencing. With abundant hands-on opportunities, both digital and offline, supported by Lab Manuals and Equipment Kits, students get engaged in investigating, asking questions, drawing conclusions, and sharing their findings—all key ingredients for learning that lasts.

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2 Build STEM and 21st-century skills

Continual coverage of STEM topics throughout ScienceFusion—in lessons and labs, People and Careers in Science profiles, and the embedded technology and coding curriculum—builds students’ excitement for further study and science-based careers.

3 Advance nonfiction and science literacy skills

Through multiple complementary components, students have plenty of opportunities to build their skills in reading nonfiction, writing about science, and understanding scientific concepts. Science & Engineering Leveled Readers offer high-interest topics in a range of reading levels. ScienceSaurus® Handbooks use illustration and clear explanations to support concepts. And write-in prompts in the print workbooks and online Student Editions promote writing and scientific thinking.

4 Use multimodal tools to elevate learning for all

ScienceFusion’s instructional options in a variety of learning modalities make it easier to teach and reinforce concepts, to promote deeper understanding, and to reach all learners in their unique learning styles. With two curriculum paths to choose from, teachers can enhance the print lessons with enriching video, simulations, and animations or choose an entirely digital path, depending on individual students’ needs.

5 Seamlessly deliver high-impact science lessons

A wealth of Teacher Edition support helps instructors find just the right fusion of program components to develop science skills, concepts, and vocabulary through inquiry and application. Charts in the print program make lesson planning simple, and the Teacher Online Management Center supports easy delivery of the print and digital lessons, assignments, and assessments with reporting to make quick adjustments that ensure success.

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Research & Results

Carefully vetted during its development,ScienceFusion’s success in improving student achievement is proven repeatedly in classroom testing.


pdf ScienceFusion Research Base Review the scholarly and academic research and evidence-based approaches that informed the design and pedagogy of ScienceFusion.


pdf ScienceFusion Impact Study Elementary (2012) 20 different control and experimental classes were included in this report on the findings of the impact study. Results showed statistically significant results in which use of ScienceFusion showed greater student gains than the control group. pdf ScienceFusion Impact Study Middle School (2012) This reports focuses on the findings of the impact study at Grade 7 in which one teacher with five different classes in New York State utilized one complete unit of the program. Statistically significant improvements were found for all students with the greatest improvements shown for students beginning at a low level. pdf ScienceFusion Impact Study (2012) Three different schools in three different states utilized several units of ScienceFusion at Grades 2, 4 and 7 for the evaluation of the program’s impact on improving student knowledge and skills in science and at varying student ability levels. pdf ScienceFusion Impact Study (2013) A study on the effects of ScienceFusionin Grades 6–8
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Our dynamic author team immerses students in real-world science

With expertise and backgrounds in science and education, our authors bring a lively tone and fresh approach that make learning science concepts fun and meaningful.

Marjorie Frank

Author, ELD Specialist

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Author, ScienceFusion and HMH Science Dimensions Programs

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News & Events

Stay on top of the world of science education with webinars, conferences, blog posts, and more.

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What is the best science curriculum for homeschool? ›

Best Homeschool Science Curriculum
  • Real Science-4-Kids – Grades K-8.
  • Real Science-4-Kids is fun, easy, and covers a wide range of science topics. ...
  • Apologia – Grades K-12.
  • BJU Press – Grades K-12.
  • BJU Press offers a traditional textbook-style learning experience with a teacher answer key and science labs to support learning.

Which of the following validity of a good science education curriculum is satisfied by activity and experiment? ›

Process validity is an important criterion since it helps the student in 'learning to learn' science and satisfied by activities and experiments.

What are the main clusters of science content that students should learn from G3 to G10? ›

The main clusters of science that the students should learn from G3 to G10 are Matter, Force, Motion, Energy, Living Things and Their Environment and lastly, the Earth and Space.

What age is apologia science for? ›

Apologia offers a wide variety of experiments in each unit of their young explorer series. You can pick and choose which ones you want to do. They are geared towards ages K-6th.

What do you learn in elementary science? ›

Subject Matter. Elementary school science teachers explain concepts such as earth and space science, environmental science, physical science, and life science. The main point of elementary school science lessons is often to pique children's interest in science rather than teach them advanced ideas.

What should 7th graders be learning in science? ›

Although there isn't a specific recommended course of study of seventh-grade science, common life science topics include scientific classification; cells and cell structure; heredity and genetics; and human organ systems and their function.

What type of science do they teach in middle school? ›

Middle school science classes have several objectives. Students must be given an overview of physical science, life science, earth and space sciences, and technology.

What is taught in middle school science? ›

Middle School Science encourages active investigation of phenomena through questioning, modeling, data collection, and analysis allows students to generate evidence of sensemaking. Hands-on Engineering Activities allow students to apply the steps of the engineering design process to solve real-world problems.

What is the content of science curriculum? ›

The curriculum content is composed of four strands: Living Things, Materials, Energy and Forces, and Environmental Awareness and Care. These strands, which are subdivided into strand units, outline the concepts and ideas to be explored by children as they work scientifically, and are involved in designing and making.

Does curriculum mapping help a teacher? ›

Curriculum mapping is important because it allows teachers and administrators to focus on balance between the content across curricula. It allows them to look into each classroom and see what children learn, and helps them gather data on redundancies or gaps in the course content.

What is science content knowledge? ›

The term content knowledge refers to the body of knowledge and information that teachers teach and that students are expected to learn in a given subject or content area, such as English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.

What are the good criteria for an ideal science curriculum? ›

a) Cognitive validity requires that the content, process, language and pedagogical practices of the curriculum are age appropriate, and within the cognitive reach of the child. b) Content validity requires that the curriculum must convey significant and correct scientific content.

What is the aim of science education in teaching/learning process? ›

Science education aims to increase people's understanding of science and the construction of knowledge as well as to promote scientific literacy and responsible citizenship.

How a good assessment can play a substantial role in science education? ›

The assessment process is an effective tool for communicating the expectations of the science education system to all concerned with science education. two sample assessment tasks, one to probe students' understanding of the natural world and another to probe their ability to inquire.

What is Ngss curriculum? ›

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

What is apologia science? ›

Apologia offers K-12 homeschool science curriculum that has been voted #1 by the homeschool community. Our curriculum is written in a conversational tone to help students learn to speak comfortably about a topic, as well as gain the ability to explain scientific concepts in their own words.

What is Book shark? ›

BookShark Virtual is an online platform that enables students to access their schedules, view Story Maps, Take Assessments, and receive instant auto-grading results.

What is the best homeschool math curriculum? ›

The 10 best homeschool math curriculum programs
  • Math-U-See.
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