K–2 Open Educational Resource
PhD Science K–2 available as OER
At Great Minds®, we believe students should have access to coherent, knowledge-building instructional materials as soon as they begin elementary school. That’s why we’re offering Levels K–2 of PhD Science as a free PDF open educational resource (OER). All four modules are now available.
PhD Science® is a K–5 curriculum in which real-world phenomena anchor the learning as students build enduring knowledge about the real world and its everyday wonders. Students develop their understanding of science concepts through a coherent, phenomenon-based storyline. Students learn to think and act like real scientists as they engage in hands-on investigations and three-dimensional learning.
Free downloadable PDFs of Grade Levels K–2 include:
- Teacher Edition
- Science Logbooks
Equitable Access for All Learners
How to Leverage OER Science Most Efficiently
Find out what’s included with the OER files, learn how to set up a Great Minds free account, and add the OER PDFs to your dashboard. See what additional components and professional learning opportunities can help supplement your implementation.
The Need For High-Quality Science Curriculum In Elementary School
A recent survey found that many teachers do not feel they have enough time to teach or plan for science instruction, especially in the younger grade levels. We developed this white paper about the need for both more instructional time and high-quality curricular materials during students’ elementary school years.
Designed to Meet the Needs of Young Learners
We developed K–2 of PhD Science as an open educational resource—one that is specifically designed to meet the needs of young learners. Hear from Brian Aycock, Curriculum Development Manager of Science, discuss the age-appropriate accommodations we made in the design of the curriculum.
K–2 Science Curriculum Available Now
implementation. With PhD Science, students engage with hands-on
investigations, fine art, and core texts in every module, allowing them to
make observations, ask questions, and interact with scientific phenomena in
new, accessible contexts.
Learn more about our pilot program.
Supplement Your OER Implementation
PhD Science is taught best when teachers have the core program components to help transform into a hands-on, student-driven classroom. Request a quote for any of the materials below to help you implement our K–2 open educational resources.
A range of virtual and in-person sessions led by our team of teacher–writers, to support schools and districts through implementation.
Full-color materials that include our Teacher Edition, Science Logbooks, Student Science Packs, and Assessment Packs.
Cost-conscious supplies to support hands-on investigations, available by module or level and designed for six investigation groups per classroom (consumable supplies available for order in refill kits). Includes Knowledge DeckTM posters and cards available only in K–2.
Authentic, content-rich texts that support or explain the science while giving students an opportunity to practice and strengthen literacy skills.