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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 starting this spring. Modules 1 and 2 are available now for each grade level, while Modules 3 and 4 will be released on a rolling schedule, allowing for educators to implement the full curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

Free downloadable PDFs of Grade Levels K–2 include:

  • Teacher Edition 
  • Science Logbooks

Equitable Access for All Learners

We believe that all students are capable of meeting the rigorous expectations set forth in the NGSS. To achieve this goal, PhD Science presents the same expectations for all students and provides teachers with support strategies that ensure students have equitable access to a phenomenon and the science information they need to make sense of that phenomenon. And with Levels K–2 available as a free OER to all educators across the country, any school can implement this accessible curriculum at the earliest grades.

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

Starting in April 2021, educators across the country can begin familiarizing themselves with this innovative new curriculum to prepare for full implementation beginning in the 2021–2022 school year.

Interested in how PhD Science looks in your classroom?
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.

PhD Professional Development

Professional Development

A range of virtual and in-person sessions led by our team of teacher–writers, to support schools and districts through implementation.


Print Materials

Full-color materials that include our Teacher Edition, Science Logbooks, Student Science Packs, and Assessment Packs.


Materials Kits

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.


Core Texts

Authentic, content-rich texts that support or explain the science while giving students an opportunity to practice and strengthen literacy skills.

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Join the PhD Science K–2 OER Waiting List for Modules 3 and 4

Modules 1 and 2 are available now as downloadable PDFs. To receive the materials for Modules 3 and 4 as soon as they are published, please fill out the interest form below. For a complete list of the module topics, click here