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Curriculum Overview for Families









An Introduction to PhD Science.

Great Minds®, creator of Eureka Math2® and Wit & Wisdom®, is proud to offer PhD Science®. This Levels K–5 science curriculum inspires students to wonder about the world and empowers them to make sense of it. PhD Science is a knowledge-building, phenomenon-driven curriculum. The instruction provides students with a real-world context for their learning by focusing on an observable event (a phenomenon) that can be explained or predicted. Through these real-world phenomena, PhD Science sparks students’ curiosity, drives their investigations, and leads to deep understanding of scientific concepts.

PhD Science Level 3 Module 1 Science Logbook

Making Sense of the World Around Them

Explore activities and other helpful resources related to PhD Science below.

Part of the PhD Science Module Map, showing Levels K–2

PhD Science Module Map

Learn more about how students will learn complex science concepts with PhD Science. See what four module topics and phenomena are taught per grade level.

Access the Module Map.

Sample pages from PhD Science family activities

At Home Activities

All students, whether they use PhD Science or not, can enjoy these hands-on activities. We’d love for all students to engage in the joyful rigor that PhD Science offers. In PhD Science, students do science to make meaningful connections and deeply understand scientific concepts.

Download the At Home Activities.

Sample pages from PhD Science Family Tip Sheets

Family Tip Sheets

With PhD Science, students think and act like real scientists and engineers. Help your student understand how the world works by exploring phenomena at home and in your community. PhD Science Family Tip Sheets help parents understand the science concepts students explore in the program and provide tips to support your scientist at home.

Available in English and Spanish.

Access the Family Tip Sheets.


How Phenomenon-Based, Hands-On Instruction Builds Enduring Knowledge

Students strive to make sense of the world around them by asking questions. Through science instruction, we can embrace and nourish students’ natural curiosity as they explore science ideas to answer...

Supporting the Next Generation of Scientists

Do you recall how you learned science? You may not recall much if anything from science in your elementary years. Perhaps you recall a bit from your secondary years, but it’s unlikely the learning...

Science Family Night

The PhD Science® team has put together the below resources to provide a rich, productive, engaging family night in your learning community. The Getting Started Letter gives you the information you...


These tip sheets provide an overview of each module’s concepts and how you can support your student scientist at home with ongoing conversations, activities, books, and websites.