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.
Great Minds curricula remove learning barriers for every student by incorporating the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles of Engagement, Representation, 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.
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.
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 Science, and 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.
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.
"There were so many 'aha!' moments for students. I loved the collaboration and discussion."
Teacher, New Jersey
Eureka Math2 is accessible to students with high levels of readability and provides Teacher Notes and tips for Differentiation support, including for Challenge.
The PhD Science Teacher Edition offers embedded and sidebar notes to support teachers, including for Differentiation and English Language Development.
Wit & Wisdom
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.
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.
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.