Oklahoma Science Review

Our goal is to Activate Learning in K-12 students in order to:

  • Engage curious minds
  • Inspire independent thinkers
  • Prepare future innovators

To accomplish this, we provide STEM curricula that are:

  • Active, authentic learning
  • Student-centered; student-owned
  • Collaborative with online tools that encourage cooperation, communication, and discourse
  • Relevant and provide meaningful examples that apply to students’ everyday life
  • Accessible for all students

PreK-Grade 5

Developed by UChicago STEM Education, Activate Learning PRIME (AL PRIME) is the product of a rigorous iterative development process by an author team comprised of both content and classroom specialists and is designed to be educative for elementary school teachers, as well as for students. The program engages children in learning science by doing science, with a focus on developing discourse and critical thinking skills alongside disciplinary content knowledge and science and engineering practices to help students make sense of engaging hands-on explorations.

The goals of the program are to preserve the curiosity and open mindedness that children bring to their environment and to link hands-on explorations in the real world with accurate science content through thinking, reflection, and discussion. 

PRIME PreK Alignment

PRIME K-5 Alignment

Review Materials

Grades 6-8

IQWST is a middle school, project-based science curriculum developed based on the same research that informed the writing of the Framework and NGSS. This is because Brian Reiser was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) that developed A Framework and Joe Krajcik was an NGSS writing team leader. LeeAnn Adams oversaw the integration of science with literacy and language practices. David Fortus was the senior scientist who oversaw science content.

Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST®) is made up of 12 units. Each unit focuses on a Driving Question, which is also the unit’s title. A Driving Question is a rich, open-ended question that uses everyday language to situate science content in contexts that are meaningful to middle school students. As each unit progresses, the phenomena, investigations, discussions, readings, and writing activities support students in learning content that moves them closer to being able to answer the Driving Question in a grade-appropriate manner.

IQWST 6-8 Alignment

Review Materials

Grades 9-12

Active Physics® is based on the research on how students learn—encapsulated in the 7E Instructional Model (elicit, engage, explore, explain, elaborate, extend, evaluate). As a result, Active Physics provides ALL students with a deep and memorable learning experience.

Students are motivated to learn.

Students are motivated to learn science in the context of highly engaging and authentic “real-world” projects that guide instruction and serve to organize their learning. Research shows that the project-based approach promotes excitement and meaningful learning for ALL students.

Students learn like scientists.

The science and engineering practices, as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students engage with complex situations and collaborate on what they need to learn in order to manage the situation effectively.  Review Materials

Active Chemistry® fosters scientifically literate students who will be prepared for the workforce, able to make informed decisions, and contribute as productive citizens in the 21st century.

Research based.

Active Chemistry was supported through National Science Foundation funding and consequently produced through rigorous, iterative, research-based development cycles. It is based on the latest research from the cognitive sciences on how students learn.

Students develop communication and collaboration skills.

In Active Chemistry, students develop a community of practice and a culture of collaboration and communication. The presentations of the Chapter Challenges provide students with opportunities
 to engage in scientific arguments using evidence and science knowledge, and promote a deeper understanding through public practice.  Review Materials

EarthComm® is a comprehensive, project-based, secondary level Earth and space sciences program. It includes student learning materials, teacher resources, teacher-support networks, and assessment tools. EarthComm also features a robust Web site filled with student and teacher resources regularly updated by AGI.

EarthComm promotes systems thinking.

In EarthComm, students learn about the interactions among the various parts of the Earth system by reflecting on the ways in which matter and energy flow through the Earth system, and the different ways in which Earth’s processes occur over time and space.

EarthComm fosters Earth stewardship.

With EarthComm, students discover the wonder and importance of Earth and space science by studying it where it counts—in their community. EarthComm utilizes local and regional issues and concerns to stimulate problem-solving activities, and to foster a sense of Earth stewardship by students in their communities.  Review Materials

Active Physics 9-12 Alignment

Active Chemistry 9-12 Alignment

EarthComm 9-12 Alignment

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