Teaching to Standards: SCIENCE is a research-based science curriculum for middle and high school students (ages 12-21) who have moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism. The curriculum objectives align with state and national standards based on those established by the National Science Education Standards.
The curriculum includes four units of study which address science standards using an inquiry-based approach: Earth (Earth’s history), Biology (including microbiology), Waters (Earth’s waters), and Chemistry. Lessons are based on the principles of systematic instruction and provide scripts and suggestions for adaptations to accommodate students who are nonverbal, have visual or hearing impairments, or have special physical needs. All students learn actual scientific vocabulary like pollution, precipitation and condensation.