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Learning Materials & Curriculum

The curriculum modules (or kits as they are sometimes called) that ISEC has chosen for grades K–6 provide experiential learning materials and carefully planned investigations and assessments designed to facilitate in-depth learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles.

Modules are grade specific with a physical science and Earth science focus that aligns with Common Core State Standards as well as the rigorous, forward-looking Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that we anticipate being adopted by the New Mexico Public Education Department in the near future.

Curriculum Modules

ISEC curriculum modules are developed with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and come from two key sources:

  • The Full Option Science System (FOSS) was developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and is published by School Specialty Science Delta Education.
  • A teacher looks on as two of her students try an experiment. The FOSS Next Generation logo is on the far left.
  • Science and Technology Concepts (STC) was developed by the National Science Resources Center at the Smithsonian Institution and is published by the Carolina Biological Supply Company.


  • Physical Science: Exploring Forces & Motion (STC)
  • Earth Science: Exploring My Weather (STC)

First Grade

  • Physical Science: Sound & Light (FOSS)
  • Earth Science: Air & Weather (FOSS)

Second Grade

  • Physical Science: Solids & Liquids (FOSS)
  • Earth Science: Pebbles, Sand & Silt (FOSS)

Third Grade

  • Physical Science: Motion & Matter (FOSS)
  • Earth Science: Water & Climate (FOSS)

Fourth Grade

  • Physical Science: Energy (FOSS)
  • Earth Science: Soils, Rocks & Landforms (FOSS)

Fifth Grade

  • Physical Science: Mixtures & Solutions (FOSS)
  • Earth Science: Earth & Sun (FOSS)

Sixth Grade

  • Earth Science: Earth History (FOSS)

Next Generation Science Standards