Experience Science Elementary Science Curriculum

Where Wonder and Science Connect — The Experience Science™ 5E curriculum makes it easy for teachers to fit science into their week using short, station-based lessons. This dynamic program brings science concepts to life with motivating and interactive experiences for today’s classroom.

  • Phenomena-based
  • Three-dimensional learning
  • Student-centered explorations
  • NGSS Designed
Experience Science, elementary science curriculum characters.

5E Science Engages Students in Real-World Phenomena

Experience Science makes science fun, inclusive, and hands-on. A team of scientists and content experts created the activities, videos, and songs to give you flexibility and save you time.

Experience Science 5E science curriculum prepares teachers for classroom instruction.

Timely Teacher Support

Prepare for classroom instruction with flexible planning, background, and prep videos.


Dynamic Digital Tools

Click, interact, and learn with a variety of purposeful, standards-based, digital resources.

Experience Science elementary science curriculum mini-lesson example.

Station-Based Mini Lessons

Hands-on, Literacy, and STEAM Activities provide active sensemaking opportunities.

Elementary Science Curriculum that Engages and Motivates All Learners

  • Differentiation
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Multimodal Learners


Target Student Learning
  • Content
    Experience Science presents clear learning objectives in each Topic and Experience to target student learning. Differentiated Instruction boxes provide modification suggestions to support multiple levels. In addition, students are exposed to grade-level content in multiple ways such as hands-on experiences, reading, videos, teacher presentations, and digital interactivities.
  • Process

    Experience Science utilizes hands-on stations and a variety of digital tools to engage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. All multisensory learners are able to interact in classroom conversations, collaborate in small groups, and connect to content in meaningful ways.

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  • Product

    Students demonstrate their understanding of science phenomena by creating models, documenting their hands-on experiences in their Student Activity Companion, and communicating their solutions to real-world problems through presentations and science writings.

  • Environment
    Experience Science helps you create a flexible environment to transform learning. Classroom Instruction can be administered with a mixture of whole group or small group activities and delivered in print, digital, or blended formats. In addition, teacher prompts and the partnership with walkSTEM® allow teachers to take students outside the classroom to build science enthusiasm, curiosity, and skills.

Multilingual Learners

Develop Language Proficiency
  • Multilingual Support
    Experience Science integrates Multilingual Learner (MLL) Strategies specific to the content within the Experience and addresses multiple levels of language proficiency levels. The program also includes guidance for linguistic accommodations (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded).
  • Writing and Vocabulary Support

    The Student Activity Companion creates an interactive workspace for students to record and reflect on their learning process through argumentative writing activities. In addition, students engage in strategic Vocabulary Builder and Experience Vocabulary Activities to strengthen their ability to use academic language in classroom discussions and in their scientific writing exercises.

  • Student Collaboration and Conversations
    Multiple opportunities for student collaboration and science discourse are provided within Experience Science. From the initial Topic kickoff of the Everyday Phenomena to the Experience or Topic wrap-ups, teacher prompts encourage classroom discussions and small group interactions.

Multimodal Learners

Create a Multisensory Experience
  • Multidimensional Learning
    Experience Science exposes content to learners in multiple ways. Short reading passages, writing activities, inquiry projects, technology, collaboration, hands-on activities, and games all play an important role in providing rich, multidimensional learning experiences.
  • Different Learning Styles
    Students access content utilizing a number of senses — visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic — to make connections and transfer knowledge to long-term memory recall.
  • Multiple Assessment Methods
    A variety of assessments provide meaningful insights into student understanding and progress. . These assessments include multiple Exit Tickets in each Experience, Lesson Quizzes, writing prompts, and performance assessments. Each of these appeals to a diverse classroom.

Additional Science Resources

  • STEM On-Demand
  • Blogs and Podcasts
  • Phenomena Posters
  • Author Inspiration Posters
  • Connect with Us

Virtual STEM Fair

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

Visit the STEM Fair site

Fresh Ideas for Teaching

Experience helpful tips, lesson freebies, and teacher insights. Read about best classroom practices from Savvas Learning Company authors. Listen to inspiring podcasts from career professionals, authors, and teachers.

Learn from the Best

Engage in the Real-World

Download posters and slide decks to engage students in quick, real-world phenomena and standards-based activities.


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Inspire Learning and Innovation

Inspire your students with compelling ideas. Download and display the Experience Science Authors Posters in your classroom.

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Join the conversation!

The Savvas Science Facebook Group and other social media channel communities provide spaces for teachers to communicate strategies, pose questions, and post ideas for quality science instruction.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Experience Science

  • What is Experience Science?
    Experience Science, an NGSS aligned program, rings science concepts to life, creating dynamic, motivating, and interactive experiences for today’s K-5 classrooms. This hands-on, station-based curriculum supports 3-dimensional learning and is flexible enough to fit into any classroom situation.
  • What are the components of Experience Science?

    Teacher Guide includes content background and teacher prep support. Topic and Experience (Lesson) instruction is streamlined and provides time stamps to ease planning. The Topic Planner provides a comprehensive and fast-track plan for flexibility of implementation.

    Student Activity Companion provides a compilation of activity pages for students to record their sensemaking process. Includes vocabulary support, hands-on STEAM, and literacy activity sheets.

    Literacy Station Activity - Students work individually or in groups as they explore the Read About It, identify and explore new academic vocabulary, and exercise comprehension with application activities.

    Read About It highlights Topic level vocabulary to support students in developing understanding of the word in context of the content. Included in the margin are vocabulary “tips and tricks” students can activate to develop meaning.

    Bilingual Vocabulary Cards help students organize and master vocabulary from the Topic. Students can work in pairs to review words and definitions or use these cards individually as a student tool during the course of the topic. Editable and printable cards are available on SavvasRealize.com.

    Hands-on and STEAM Station Activities - Students work individually or in groups to explore science phenomena, gather and analyze data, and establish an explanation. Here students engage fully in the integrated Scientific and Engineering Practices.

    The Digital Course on Savvas Realize® provides videos, interactivities, teacher presentations, assessments, and more.

  • Does Savvas offer STEM resources for science educators and students?

    Experience Science integrates a variety of STEM digital and print activities to encourage students to make content connections across science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This includes hands on labs, virtual labs, and other activities.

    Savvas Learning Company features Virtual STEM Fairs several times a year to highlight STEM careers and STEM activities and lessons. All live sessions are recorded and then posted to the library of on-demand presentations. Access all upcoming and previous Virtual STEM Fair presentations at savvas.com/virtualstemfair.

  • What type 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, and safety kits.
  • How can I receive an Experience Science demo or sample?
    Please request digital demo access by completing the demo request form and your account manager will reach out to you promptly.
  • Where can I receive support for my digital access?
    Take a step-by-step tour at My Savvas Training. For additional digital platform questions or issues, please reach out to technical support at 800-848-9500 or contact us.
  • 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. Realize is 1EdTech certified, so it seamlessly integrates with leading school technology such as Google Classroom™, Schoology®, and Canvas®. Learn More.

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