The all-new Discovery Education Science Techbook for middle school sparks student curiosity

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The all-new Discovery Education Science Techbook for middle school offers a phenomena-driven curriculum that puts middle school students at the center of three-dimensional storylines to investigate the mysteries of the universe. Units are designed to spark curiosity, prompt questions, and offer students opportunities to engage in engineering practices to make sense of the science around them. The program consists of 16 modular units, allowing schools and teachers to choose the order in which to complete the units based on their preferred pathway. Discovery Education’s all-new Science Techbook for middle school includes:

* Phenomena-driven, research-backed science curriculum cultivating three-dimensional learning experiences.

* Relevant unit storylines offering intentional sequencing of activities and help students take ownership of their learning.

* Active investigation of phenomena prompting students to ask questions, build models, and develop explanations to generate evidence of sensemaking.

* Lesson planning, differentiation, progress monitoring, and professional growth opportunities providing teachers with time-saving support.

* Exclusive, original, and highly engaging multimedia content that makes science exciting and relevant for all students.

Science Techbook for middle school can be used in either Spanish or English. Optional print Student and Teacher’s Editions and interactive Hands-On Activity kits for use in grades K-8 are also available.


Formats/platforms used:

The Discovery Education Science Techbook for middle school can be used both in the classroom environment and the remote environment on any platform.


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Problem solved:

Science Techbook connects middle school students to their inner curiosity, placing them at the center of each 3D learning experience as they lead investigations that uncover the mysteries of the universe. Engaging content, hands-on and virtual STEM activities bring the excitement of science to life.


Grades/age range:

The Science Techbook for middle school is designed expressly for middle school students.


Core or supplemental?

The Science Techbook is designed to serve as a core instructional resource.



The Discovery Education Science Techbook for middle school is aligned to the appropriate state standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards


Lesson time needed:

Variable to the educator’s needs.



Pricing model:

Educators interested in pricing models for their school or school district should visit


Additional services needed:

Beyond an internet connection, no additional services are needed.  However, print editions are available for both teachers and students and provide a flexible option for blended instruction. Print and digital can be used interchangeably to support instruction in any environment.  Also, hands-on classroom kits are available to complement digital investigations and correspond with activities in each unit, providing many of the required materials for each activity.


What makes Education Science Techbook for Middle School unique?

Action-Packed, Real-World Storylines -- With Science Techbook, students will engage in an action-packed journey to make sense of phenomena in a way that aligns with their natural curiosities. Each unit storyline follows a 3D learning framework, launching with real-world anchor phenomena to hook students and inspire them to ask important questions as they investigate and explain, make predictions, and solve problems.

Students as Lead Investigators --Science Techbook encourages active investigation of phenomena through questioning, modeling, data collection, and analysis allows students to generate evidence of sensemaking. Hands-on Engineering Activities allow students to apply the steps of the engineering design process to solve real-world problems.

Navigating 3D Instruction--Lesson planning, differentiation, progress monitoring, and professional growth opportunities provide teachers with time-saving support. Each unit features numerous three-dimensional teacher notes and scaffolded support that helps students build proficiency. Activity-specific differentiation strategies guide students with varied needs as they progress through NGSS.

Checkpoints All Along the Way - Formative and Summative Assessments are embedded into the learning cycle for each Science Techbook unit, to support students in achieving proficiency in defined learning goals. Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs) allow students to demonstrate 3D learning with responses that feed directly to the Dashboard. Through Performance-Based Assessments they address each of the unit’s performance indicators. Unit Projects encourage research and design of solutions to real-world problems related to the Anchor Phenomenon.




Discovery Education Science Techbook consists of 16 modular units, allowing schools and teachers to choose the order in which to complete units based on their preferred pathway: integrated or discipline specific. Two suggested pathways are provided based on research behind a framework for K-12 Science Education.

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