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Welcome to Twig Science

A media-rich, phenomenon-based K-6 program specifically designed for the California Next Generation Science Standards.

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The Adventure Starts Here

For us, learning is about bridging the gap between the world and the classroom. Our unique approach combines engaging storylines with real-world challenges and is designed to inspire lifelong curiosity.

Built for California

Created for CA NGSS, Twig Science meets all 3-dimensional standards, while also integrating all relevant CA ELA, ELD, and Math standards, maximizing instructional opportunities, and ensuring there is always time for science.

Twig Science has been developed in collaboration with leading academics and California teachers to ensure that, through developmentally appropriate progressions, Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts are addressed throughout each module and across the grades.

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Spark Curiosity

Make each lesson a voyage of discovery.

  • Kick off each lesson with a range of attention-grabbing resources, from award-winning short videos to prior-knowledge read-alouds!

  • It's time for students to think like scientists and design like engineers. Digital and hands-on investigations give students the chance to collaborate and create as they build understanding.

  • Communicating what’s been learned is a pivotal part of the lesson. Whether in the Twig Book or in front of the class, students explain phenomena by citing evidence, and begin to articulate their application of crosscutting concepts.

  • Students make connections to module phenomena while building knowledge and understanding of science and engineering practices (SEPs).

  • Students demonstrate their deeper understanding of the module phenomena and review earlier assumptions captured during the pre-exploration exercise.

Access for All

We all have a responsibility to level the playing field and enable students to achieve their full potential. The rich diversity of the CA K-6 classroom provides unique challenges and opportunities. Twig Science provides comprehensive support that enables teachers to bring the wonder of science into every classroom. Available support includes: cultural connections, leveled readers, language routines, family outreach, English learner language supports, and more.

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Program Components

Digital Pathway

An intuitive, collaborative online platform where students and teachers have 24-7 access to a complete range of rich media, award-winning videos, and investigations.

Leveled Readers

High-interest, magazine-style and phenomena-based leveled readers for Above-level, On-level, Below-level, and English Learner students.

Professional Learning

Unpacks science content into quick and easy nuggets of information with clear definitions, simple diagrams, and stunning visuals.

Interactive Media

Beautifully designed, instructionally sequenced resources, including activities, diagrams, and images.

Hands-On Lab Kits

Twig Science Lab Kits are clearly labeled, simply organized, and available for each module, with replenishment kits available for consumable items. Additionally, Twig Science offers grade-level Science Essentials Kits, providing key equipment to ensure you have all you need to roll out amazing hands-on investigations.

Student Twig Book

Colorful, all-in-one experiential text and investigation notebook to model, annotate, promote discourse and capture 3-dimensional student thinking.

Teacher Edition

Available in print and digital. Modular Teacher Editions are accessible, comprehensive, and versatile.

Assessment Suite

Assessment strategies measure what students know and are able to do, stress performance tasks, and include multiple measures of student performance, such as written assignments, collaborative engineering design tasks and oral presentations.

Additional resources from Twig Education

Dive in to great science content today and explore these bonus components of the Twig Science digital pathway!

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Builds Performance Expectation background knowledge within and across grades K–5!
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Choose from thousands of tools to supplement your classroom instruction, or promote independent student learning.

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Apply Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) to real-world science news

From weather warnings to trending technology, Twig Science Reporter introduces your students to the latest topical science news from around the world, alongside classroom activities that put Science and Engineering Practices into action!

  • Topical science news and informational text articles for grades 2-6
  • Entertaining Curious Questions and Crazy Creatures short films for grades K-6
  • Meet scientists and learn about a wide range of STEM careers
  • Build connections between Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) and the wonder of science in everyday life!
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