Back to school 2019 is here! Check out all of the improvements and new features we've added to Amplify Science for the new school year. 

What's new

Classroom Slides
Hands-on Flextensions
Additional Spanish supports
Classwork
Transitional Kindergarten
NGSS benchmark assessment updates
Accessibility supports
Download all projections
Improved HAND IN button
New digital K–8 student books and articles available
Schoology login integration
eReader improvements
Coherence flowcharts
Multilingual glossary PDFs
Minor content corrections

Classroom Slides

To make planning and delivering Amplify Science K–5 lessons faster and easier, we’re developing new Classroom Slides for all K–5 lessons. Each lesson will have a downloadable and editable PowerPoint file to help guide teachers and their students through the lesson with clearly sequenced, engaging, and easy-to-follow images, videos, questions, and instructions.

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Hands-on Flextensions

For fall 2019, we are adding optional investigations called Hands-on Flextensions. These new additional investigations give teachers the flexibility to incorporate more hands-on focused activities into select units, if time permits.

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Additional Spanish supports

New Spanish supports (available as purchased add-on licenses) give K–8 teachers access to the following additional materials in Spanish: lesson projections, PDFs of print materials (including wall materials, Student Investigation Notebooks, assessments, and more), and recommended in-class “teacher talk” moments. Furthermore, Grades 6-8 students who access their lessons digitally can now access fully translated digital student activities and articles.

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Classwork

Classwork is the clean, organized, and redesigned replacement for Amplify Gradebook—allowing teachers to spend less time looking for student work, and more time reviewing it.

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Transitional Kindergarten

This back to school season, we’re offering a brand new product: Amplify Science Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Amplify Science TK is a developmentally and pedagogically appropriate curriculum designed to introduce your youngest students to real-world phenomena and jump-start a lifelong love of science.

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NGSS benchmark assessment updates

We have made several critical updates and corrections to select NGSS benchmark assessments to ensure the assessments are accurate and clear.

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Accessibility supports

Amplify is committed to building products that address the needs of all learners. Over the past year, we have made significant strides in a long-term effort to update and improve accessibility-related features in Amplify Science, including but not limited to screen readability, keyboard navigation, and assessments.

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Download all projections

Teachers can now download all projections for a lesson at once in a single .zip file, accessible on the Lesson Brief page.

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Improved HAND IN button

The old HAND IN button on the top of student's screens in grades 6–8 has been updated! The new button is now always present at the bottom of students' screens, making navigation easier and more intuitive.

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New digital K-8 student books and articles available

For K-5, we've added six new titles, one per grade, to the digital student book Library (accessed through the Elementary Student Apps page). For Grades 6-8, we've added eight new articles, also available through the Library. These new student books and articles feature real scientists currently active in their fields, and represent the diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that make the scientific community so rich and interesting. Many of the titles feature LGBTQ professionals. (These books are not referenced in the Teacher's Guide or lessons and are not required reading in the Amplify Science program.)

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Schoology login integration

Teachers and students who use both the Schoology learning management system and Amplify Science can now log in to Amplify by logging into Schoology and clicking the Amplify Science app, with no additional login required.

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eReader improvements

The Amplify Library and eReader have a fresh new look and feel for the 2019–20 school year. 

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Coherence flowcharts

Coherence flowcharts help teachers visualize how all the different parts of the unit (unit, chapter, and investigation questions, evidence sources, etc.) connect and flow into one another.

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Multilingual glossary PDFs

Both K-8 teachers and 6-8 students can now download a 10-language glossary for all unit vocabulary.

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Minor content corrections

Every year, Amplify Science teachers from around the country report typos and other unintentional mistakes in the curriculum. The good news is that we can make those fixes quickly! If you're interested, a list of minor corrections is available. But fear not: None of these corrections change instruction or require purchasing new or replacement materials.
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For more information, please contact scihelp@amplify.com.
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