California elevateScience® Hands-On Science for Grades K-8

Savvas' California elevateScience® program ignites student curiosity and awakens the scientist and engineer inside via hands-on investigations and cool digital tools.

  • Available in either Integrated K-5 or 6-8 format, or a Discipline-specific 6-8 format
  • Meets 100% of the California Next Generation Science Standards
  • Introduces local California phenomenon

California elevateScience Core Science Program with Digital Integration

Built with California educators’ insights, California elevateScience® creates a personal classroom experience through hands-on investigations, cool digital tools and localized California storylines.


Three Dimensional

Experience the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Cross-Cutting Concepts in a real-world, scientifically-based setting.



Engage students in the wonders of the natural world around them.


STEM Integration

Explore like real scientists and engineers using hands-on and virtual inquiry investigations.

Elevate Learning

  • Investigate
  • Engineer
  • Demonstrate

Science Phenomena

  • Scientific Quest
    Organize science learning around phenomena-based, real-world storylines called Quests.
  • uInvestigate Labs
    Connect the storyline with hands-on, minds-on experiences.
  • Quest Findings
    Support students in synthesizing lab experiences and presenting their explanations.


  • uEngineer
    Labs introduce real-world design challenges while incorporating the engineering design process.
  • Virtual Labs
    Virtual Labs incorporate the full engineering design process through building, testing using variables, and documenting results for solutioning in a virtual Lab Notebook (Grades 3-8).
  • Engineering Design Notebook
    Navigates students through in-depth research and investigations to solve real world problems (Grades 6-8).

Open-Ended Activities

  • Diagnostic Assessments
    Test for readiness before diving into science phenomena investigations using entry level and readiness assessments.
  • Formative Assessments
    Support teacher instruction throughout the science topics with scaffolded question probes, checkpoint or exit questions, lesson quizzes, and topic reviews.
  • Summative Assessments
    Evaluates students mastery of performance standards with topic tests, evidence-based assessments, benchmark assessments, and end of year assessments.
  • Performance-Based Assessments
    Provides a true application of a student's depth of knowledge and skills using new scenarios and challenges within uDemonstrate Labs, uEngineer It! Labs, and Quests.

Engaging content and time-saving classroom management tools come together in the teacher-friendly Savvas Realize® LMS, included with your program.

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Savvas Realize® brings our award-winning content to life in an exciting digital experience that students love. For teachers and admins, it includes valuable classroom-management tools like auto-rostering, single-sign-on, and available integrations with many top K-12 LMSs.

Additional Resources

  • STEM On-Demand
  • Activity Zone
  • Blogs and Podcasts

Virtual STEM Fair

Activate inspiration and connect students to STEM with fun activities, suggested readings and career professionals.

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Fun Science Resources

Discover a number of labs that let students explore and discover like scientists and engineers.


Fresh ideas for Teaching

Welcome to the Fresh Ideas for Teaching blog & podcast. We hope that our posts not only inspire you but also serve to keep you informed on new PreK-12 curriculum solutions and tools that will help you hone your teaching craft.

  • Experience helpful tips, lesson freebies, and teacher insights
  • Read about best classroom practices from Savvas Learning Authors
  • Listen to inspiring podcasts from career professionals, authors, and teachers
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Frequently Asked Questions about California elevateScience®

  • What is California elevateScience?
    A phenomena-based science curriculum for Grades K-8 that immerses students in the inquiry process. This is science elevated for problem-solving, critical thinking, and CA-NGSS performance expectations.
  • What are the components of California elevateScience?

    California elevateScience builds science literacy through a combination of print and digital materials.

    Grades K-5

    • Student Edition
    • Teacher Edition
    • Activity Placemats
    • Content Readers
    • STEM Engineering Readers
    • Materials Kits
    • Savvas Realize

    Grade 6-8

    • Student Edition
    • Teacher Edition
    • Engineering Design Notebook
    • Materials Kits
    • Savvas Realize
  • Is the content aligned with the 5E model and does student testing align with the CAASPP?
    Our 5E Lessons reflect the three dimensions of the CA-NGSS. Content, process, and application are woven together throughout the 5E lessons.
  • What types of science material kits does Savvas provide?
    Savvas offers a variety of lab materials kits to support the doing of science. These include consumable and non-consumable material kits, refills for the consumables, labware kits, safety kits, uEngineer It! Maker Crates, and STEM Invention toolkits.
  • How can I sign up to receive a California elevateScience demo or sample?
    Please request digital demo access by contacting your account manager who will reach out to you promptly.
  • What is Savvas Realize® and what does it offer?
    Savvas Realize is our award-winning K-12 digital platform which houses over 1,000 instructional programs. Watch the videos to see how elevateScience on Savvas Realize integrates with Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas.
Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

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