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Amplify Science Classroom Slides for grades K–5
Amplify Science Classroom Slides for grades K–5

How do I use Classroom Slides in my classroom?

Updated over a week ago

Amplify Science Classroom Slides provide a convenient (and editable!) option for presenting student instructions, student prompts, and other text and visuals. Use this guide to check, then learn more about slides in the digital experience here.

Accessing Classroom Slides

Classroom Slides are optimized for Microsoft PowerPoint Version 16 and Google. You can access both versions from the Digital Resources area of the Lesson Brief page.

Accessing the Google Slides: If you are logged into Amplify with a Google account, click on the Google Classroom Slides to automatically create your own copy. You will see a pop-up asking you to link your Amplify account with a Google account. You can select any Google account to receive a copy of the lesson and you only need to make this selection once. The slides will open in a new browser tab where you can review, present, teach, or customize. You can later access this lesson in your Google Drive. If you don’t have a Gmail account, create a free Gmail account to access the slides.

Helpful hints

Slide organization: In most cases, the content on the slide is meant to come before the actions and suggested teacher talk written in the notes.

Text colors on slides: Black text on the slides denotes suggested teacher talk. Orange text on the slides denotes a student action. When your students see orange, they’ll know you expect them to do something!

Icons on slides: You will come across certain icons regularly as you move through each lesson’s slides. These cue the teacher about what is happening in the lesson. Here is a cheat sheet of what each one means:

You may occasionally also come across the following icons when students are working independently:

Icons in notes: You will see icons in the notes field. Here is a cheat sheet of those icons and what they indicate:

Safety information: This icon on a slide means that there is important safety information you should know about the activity that can be found in the notes of the slide.

Teacher demos: When activities call for a teacher demonstration, we will often provide you with two options for carrying it out:

  1. A video or gif that you can simply play

  2. Instructions for how you could perform the demo live in front of your students

Formative assessment opportunities: A grey rectangle (or hummingbird for grades K–1 ) in the bottom right corner of a slide indicates that this part of an activity contains an On-the-Fly or Critical Juncture Assessment. For guidance on what to look for as students engage in the activity and how to tailor instruction based on what you observe, you can refer to the “On-the-Fly Assessment” or “Critical Juncture Assessment” heading at the bottom of the notes section.

Charts: Some lessons contain activities that call for the use of charts. While we encourage you to physically put the charts up in your classroom and fill them out with students, for maximum convenience and flexibility, the slides for those activities will contain an image of the chart with sample writing on it. Orange text on the chart shows what you will add to the chart, and the gray pencil icon indicates a co-constructed response you and your class should work to add together.

Books: Some lessons contain activities in which the unit’s student books are read aloud to (or with) students. Again, we encourage you to utilize the physical books in these instances, but we have also included the text of the pictured book pages in the notes section.

*It’s important to note that these materials are made available exclusively for use by students and teachers for whom the corresponding materials have been purchased or licensed from Amplify. Any alterations you make should only be shared within your own school or district. Any other distribution or reproduction of these materials is forbidden without written permission from Amplify.

How to view notes while projecting

You can use presenter view, in which you can view the notes on your computer screen, or you can print them out.

Presenter View while projecting


  1. Connect your computer to a projector.

  2. Under the View menu, make sure “show speaker notes” has a checkmark next to it.

  3. Select Slideshow

  4. Or you can select Presenter view or Start from beginning from the dropdown menu in the upper right.

    Select Presenter view to see the presenter notes with the slides.

    Select Start from beginning to view the slides without presenter notes.

PowerPoint on Mac

  1. Connect your computer to a projector.

  2. Select the Slide Show tab.

  3. Select Presenter View.

PowerPoint on PC

  1. Connect your computer to a projector.

  2. Select the Slide Show tab.

  3. Make sure Use Presenter View box is checked in Monitors section.

  4. Select From Beginning in Start Slide Show section.



  1. Under the File Menu, select Print preview.

  2. To the right of Close preview along the top, select 1 slide with notes.

  3. Select Download as PDF or Print.

PowerPoint on Mac  

  1. Under the File Menu, select Print.

  2. On the left side of the File tab, press Print.

  3. In the Layout dropdown, select Notes.

  4. Press Print.

PowerPoint on PC

  1. Press the File tab.

  2. On the left side menu, select Print.

  3. Under Settings, in the dropdown menu labeled Full Page Slides, select Notes Pages.

  4. Press Print.

Spanish Slides

Teachers in districts that have purchased digital Spanish licenses have a language toggle in the lower right-hand corner of their accounts. When teachers toggle to Spanish, they can open the Spanish Slides from the Lesson Brief.

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