Great Minds Curricula Create Knowledge-Rich Classrooms

By choosing Great Minds®, you're joining a community of educators committed to implementing high-quality instructional materials that build rich knowledge. Whether you’re using Eureka Math2®, PhD Science®, or Wit & Wisdom®, you’ll find equitable, engaging, and evidence-based practices across all our curricula. See how our family of Great Minds products can help you unlock greatness in every child.  

Common Program Structures and Features

Students writing down observations in the Learn portion of the lesson

Launch, Learn, Land Lesson Structure

Each of our curricula follow a Launch, Learn, Land structure. Every lesson includes the Launch portion, which introduces the topic and activates prior knowledge. Then the Learn portion engages students in accessing new knowledge, building on previous knowledge, and sharing what they have learned. In the Land portion, students reflect on their learning and how their new knowledge fits into the larger context of the topic or module and real-life application. 
Learn more about the lesson design of Great Minds curricula.

A Focus on Student Discourse

Lessons also include Socratic seminars, peer-to-peer discussion activities, discussion-based assessments, and other opportunities for students to share their thoughts and what they are learning.

When students lead these discussions, they are more engaged in the content and they can solidify their own understanding and clear up misconceptions. That is why all our opportunities for discourse are student-centered, meaning students lead discussions with educator prompting instead of teachers directing the conversation. Each of our curricula also features Instructional Routines to encourage students to lead and participate in discourse, including Think-Pair-Share, Quick Write, and more.
Read more about Great Minds instructional routines.

Students sitting in a circle with a teacher, discussing a lesson

Universal Design for Learning Principles

Great Minds curricula remove learning barriers for every student by incorporating the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles of EngagementRepresentation, and Action and Expression. Incorporating these principles helps us take the first steps in giving every student the opportunity to build knowledge and unlock their potential.
Learn more about how Great Minds embraces the principles of UDL.

Three students working together to make sense of content being studied through the use of manipulatives


Our curricula motivate and engage learners by connecting content to the real world, enhancing student learning and outcomes. Whether it’s student-chosen models in Eureka Math2, applicable real-world phenomena in PhD Science, or robust knowledge-building opportunities for writing, dialogue, and discussion in Wit & Wisdom, we offer multiple methods of engagement to help students build enduring knowledge and a love of learning.  

See Engagement in action. In Eureka Math2, students are given a voice and a choice in deciding which approach to solving a real-world problem fits the best in a given mathematical situation. Students interact with manipulatives, context videos, digital interactives, and more to access their own background knowledge and engage deeper with the content. 


We craft all our curricula to offer multiple access points to materials. This includes various representations of content, including texts, fine art, video, graphic organizers, audio, and hands-on learning. 

See Representation in action. In all Great Minds curricula, students engage with significant works of art, including paintings, illustrations, prints, sculpture, architecture, and photographs, that provide diverse access points to a topic so learners at all levels can build strong literary skills. 

Students engaging in a notice and wonder on a piece of fine art, The Great Wave
A couple students engaging in a hands-on investigation involving sugar cubes and a dropper

Action and Expression

Each lesson in a Great Minds curriculum includes multiple ways for students to interact with lesson content and demonstrate their learning. These include Thinking Tools and Talking Tools in Eureka Math2, hands-on activities in PhD Scienceand opportunities for reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Wit & Wisdom. 

See Action and Expression in action. In PhD Science, teachers are encouraged to take on the role of facilitator as students drive the learning forward. During hands-on investigations, students often design and plan activities, as well as collaborate with each other, engage in scientific discourse, and express what they have learned.

Teacher Supports

Differentiation Supports

Our curricula also include differentiation supports for diverse learners, including multilingual learners, students with dyslexia, and students who need a challenge. Not only is the content itself designed specifically for readability and accessibility, but Teacher Editions also include embedded notes, checkpoints, enrichment, and supplementary texts and other media for educators to apply and tailor to their students to address additional language and comprehension needs.

Four students engaged in a math activity with one student excitedly raising their hand

"There were so many 'aha!' moments for students. I loved the collaboration and discussion."

—Christine Corrigan,
Teacher, New Jersey

Eureka Math2

Teacher Note on consistency in instruction when using an area model for multiplying, length as horizontal dimension and width as vertical dimension

Eureka Math2 materials were designed to maintain the rigor you expect from Great Minds while supporting students who need help with reading, especially students with dyslexia. We increased the use of visuals, eliminated unnecessary words, and considered the language and sentence length at every level. In addition, the program includes point-of-use Teacher Notes and tips for Language Support and Differentiation for students needing additional support and those needing additional challenge or enrichment.

PhD Science

Differentiation from a PhD Science Teacher Edition that addresses the misconception that light bends

The PhD Science Teacher Edition offers embedded and sidebar notes to support teachers, including for Differentiation and English Language Development.

Wit & Wisdom

Prologue to Lesson 1: At A Glance includes summary, learning goal, and vocabulary. Glossary for concluding and elaboration in English and Spanish.

Wit & Wisdom supports students reading below grade level and multilingual learners to help all students achieve grade-level success. Prologue™ supplements Wit & Wisdom instruction for Grades 6–8 multilingual learners and ensures that multilingual learners have the same access to high-quality grade-level materials that their peers have by allowing them to preview upcoming content in a Wit & Wisdom lesson.

Standards Alignment

We ensure that the rigor of our curricula aligns with state standards across different subjects and grade levels. View our detailed Curriculum Reviewer Guides and state standard alignment guides to learn more about the standards across subjects and grade levels, as well as to see examples of the rigor and effectiveness of our suite of products.

Implementation Support

We know that you know your students and classroom better than anyone. We’re here to be your partners, supporting you every step of the way so that you can do what you do best: teach. That is why we provide teacher supports, family supports, and professional learning opportunities led by the team of teacher–writers behind our curricula. 

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