All Green.

All Good.

OpenSciEd receives an all-green rating from EdReports for their Middle School Science curriculum!

Have confidence in selecting an innovative science curriculum that meets the demands of challenging science standards.

Dashboard image

Trusted by over 50,000 teachers

fULL-SERVICE | FLEXIBLE | frictionless

Preparing All Students for a Phenomenal Future™

Activate Learning is a global leader in standards-based, K-12 curriculum publishing. Our curriculum authors are also the authors of OpenSciEd.

OpenSciEd and Activate Learning have partnered to offer educators high-quality, NGSS-aligned, science curriculum for middle school students.

As a certified OpenSciEd distributor and professional learning provider, we provide the platform, kit materials, and professional learning to make implementation smooth and successful!

Print Editions

New, full-color print teacher edition and all student resources.

Digital Platform

Innovative, interactive and engaging for teachers and students.

Science Kits

All materials necessary for investigations for in OpenSciEd units.

Teacher Support

Full implementation support and professional learning with our experts.

the curricUlum

Designed for Equitable

Science Learning

OpenSciEd’s innovative tools and materials are open educational resources (OER), ensuring any science teacher can access and download free high-quality, adaptable materials that support standards-based, equitable science learning.

Video Placeholder

equitable science learning

OpenSciEd course materials are:

◾ Aligned to the Framework and NGSS.

◾ Research-based, taking into account how students learn, their motivations and implications regarding teacher/student engagement.

Developed with educators and extensively tested by teachers and schools.

Designed to be used with low-cost, standard laboratory equipment and materials amenable to large-scale deployment.

Continuously updated and improved based on field testing and feedback from teachers.

the approach

Storylines, Collaboration, Investigative Problem-Solving

The OpenSciEd Instructional Model (shown below) uses a storyline approach, each lesson motivated by questions generated by students following their interactions with phenomena.

In each unit of study, students explore the questions they have, make conclusions based on those investigations, and then strategize to come up with the next set of questions to investigate.

When learning is propelled by curiosity and discovery, it's no wonder why teachers and students love OpenSciEd!

Tracking graphic

We all know that the teacher knows more than us. They know more, so they have more power. I don’t feel that way in science anymore. My teacher wants to know what I know and what I’m thinking. Nowadays I raise my hand because I know that I have something important to share.” -- 8th Grade Student (Taunton Public Schools in Massachusetts)

I will admit that making a shift when I really didn’t have to wasn’t something I welcomed. After seeing what happened in my first class, an inclusion class, where all of my students were sharing their thinking and learning together, it all changed for me.” -- Middle School Science Teacher (Taunton Public Schools in Massachusetts)

the problem

Why Educators Struggle with Curriculum Implementation

common challenges

Recent research has found:

1. Districts face a common set of challenges when implementing new instructional materials. These challenges tend to be consistent across districts, regardless of their size and student demographics.

2. Many of the struggles that arise during curriculum implementation can be avoided if districts learn from the lessons of others and proactively anticipate the kinds of challenges they’re most likely to encounter.

3. Teacher and leader knowledge of how to manage changing materials is as important as their knowledge of content and standards.

* What Does It Take To Implement Strong Curriculum Effectively (Instruction Partners)

Our solution

Guided Implementation with

Freedom and Flexibility

Implementing new curriculum can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned teacher, but it doesn't have to be!

Activate Learning supports end-to-end, complete OpenSciEd implementation, saving you time and money. Whether you need unit materials delivered quickly, a digital platform that supports all OpenSciEd units, or professional learning, our full-service, all-in-one solution has you covered.

Speak to an Activate Learning Curriculum Specialist today about our OpenSciEd all-in-one solution and full-service implementation support.

fulL-service provider

The most trusted OpenSciEd implementation and support platform:

OpenSciEd and Activate Learning share the same "pedagogical-DNA", having both been research based, investigation centered, and designed using the same NGSS standards and principals.

Activate Learning is a full-service partner, providing OpenSciEd materials, kits, and professional learning.

Certified OpenSciEd Kits and Professional Learning Partner

Kits, Materials and Resources

Activate Learning offers science kits to support every OpenSciEd unit for Middle School.

Materials are grouped by lesson so teachers can easily locate materials.

Activate Learning Kit Companion helps teachers save time and easily find everything in their shipment.

Interactive Digital Teacher Edition one-year access is included with purchase!

Certified Professional Learning

Activate Learning curriculum experts provide extensive OpenSciEd product implementation support and certified professional learning on the latest, most innovative strategies and techniques to engage students.

Comprehensive professional learning resources provide the necessary content, structure, and support to experience three-dimensional teaching and learning with OpenSciEd.


Activate Learning Digital Platform

Experience a truly interactive digital edition of all OpenSciEd materials for teachers and students.

With the Activate Learning Digital Platform, students enjoy an interactive, engaging online experience. The platform is designed for accessibility and inclusion and offers embedded translation for 130+ languages, text-to-speech with read-along highlighting, and sentence starters to support writing.

Teachers are supported by having everything they need to plan, teach, assign, and assess lessons all in one easy-to-use platform.

Plus, the Activate Learning Digital Platform supports a broad number of SIS rostering and LMS integrations.

Video Placeholder




Plan standards-based instruction


Teach lessons that effectively differentiate for ALL students


Prepare for every lesson with teacher tools and resources


Quickly view lesson slides, handouts, student edition, and materials


Customize existing content or create new content


Easily review and provide feedback on student work


Create and share assessments


Assess student progress




Apply learning authentically


Engage like scientists by recording learning


Receive and respond to teacher feedback in real-time


Represent ideas as models


Annotate and highlight text


Respond to questions using sentence starters and our read-aloud feature


Demonstrate understanding through assessment

what STUDENTS learn

OpenSciEd Units

Below is an example unit sequence, however, all units can be adapted to fit your state's sequence


Rocket icon


Light & Matter: Why do we sometimes see different things when looking at the same object?

Globe icon


Thermal Energy: How can containers keep stuff from warming up or cooling down?

Layers icon


Weather, Climate & Water Cycling: Why does a lot of hail, rain, or snowfall at some times and not others?

Support icon


Rock Cycling & Plate Tectonics: How and why does Earth's surface change?

Device icon


Natural Hazards: Where do natural hazards happen and how do we prepere for them?

Device icon


Cells & Systems: How do living things heal?


Rocket icon


Chemical Reactions & Matter: How can we make something new that was not there before?

Globe icon


Chemical Reactions & Energy: How can we use chemical reactions to design a solution to a problem?

Layers icon


Metabolic Reactions: How do things inside our bodies work together to make us feel the way we do?

Support icon


Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis: Where does food come from and where does it go next?

Device icon


Ecosystem Dynamics: How does changing an ecosystem affect what lives there?

Device icon


Resources & Human Impact: How do changes in the Earth's system impact our communities and what can we do about it?


Rocket icon


Contact Forces: Why do things sometimes get damaged when they hit each other?

Globe icon


Sound Waves: How can a sound make something move?

Layers icon


Forces at a Distance: How can a magnet move another object without touching it

Support icon


Earth in Space: Why do we see patterns in the sky, and what else is out there that we can't see?

Device icon


Genetics: Why are living things different from one another?

Device icon


Selection and Common Ancestry: How could living things today be connected to the things that lived long ago?


Connect With Us

Partner with Activate Learning for smooth and successful

OpenSciEd implementation.

To learn more about the Activate Learning certified version of OpenSciEd, message us below and one of our curriculum support experts will get right back to you.

© 2022 Activate Learning. All rights reserved.