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Texas Science for the Gap Years
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Custom-Built to the TEKS | K-12 Supplemental + Core Curriculum

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Designed Exclusively for Texas Science

Built to the TEKS, our K-12 digital science package combines the flexibility and ease of an all-new supplemental program, Science for Texas, with the depth and rigor of the state-approved core Science Techbook, to inspire real-world inquiry and support instruction.

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Custom Built to the TEKS

All new and designed with seamless coverage of the TEKS in their entirety, each Science for Texas unit was developed with an eye toward the upcoming TEKS standards, helping educators make the transition with a glimpse of what’s coming for core in 2024!

  • Select a TEKS science standard to navigate directly to any unit concept.
  • Find TEKS references in lessons at point of use.
  • Support success on STAAR™ exams with TEKS-aligned resources.

Help Teachers Save Valuable Time

Science for Texas units offer familiar curricular structure and the flexibility of a supplemental solution that can be seamlessly woven into classroom instruction.

  • Each TEKS-aligned concept includes curated hands-on, text, and multimedia lessons designed for one instructional period.
  • Easy-to-find planning resources with concept overviews and embedded teacher notes.
  • Built-in formative assessment opportunities offer visibility into student understanding.

“We work with teachers to develop student ownership, flexible learning environments, innovative instruction, and integrated resources. Discovery Education is a valuable resource in all four of these guiding principles.”

Hugh Burke Digital Learning Coach
Temple ISD

Texas Gap Years Package

Everything You Need, Now and for the Future

The Texas Gap Years Package for grades K-12 includes the all-new Science for Texas with embedded Mystery Science lessons for grades K-5, access to Mystery Science Texas, and Science Techbook – Texas (2017).

Enhance the Texas Gap Years Package with Discovery Education's Experience, our PK-12 learning platform that offers timely, relevant content + useful tools and resources to engage students, differentiate instruction, track progress, and gain professional inspiration.

 

Supplemental

Core

 

Science for Texas

Grades K-12

Mystery Science for Texas

Grades K-5

Science Techbook Texas

Grades K-12

Curriculum and Content Depth
100% TEKS Coverage
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Instructional Framework and Organization
  • Units > Concepts > Lessons
  • Informed by the 5E Model
  • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) throughout K‑8 concepts
  • Lessons and Mini Lessons
  • Phenomena-Based Investigations
  • Units > Concepts > Lessons
  • Built on the 5E Model
  • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) embedded
Content Types
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Interactive Labs
  • Video
  • Literacy
  • Embedded K-5 Mystery Lessons
  • Hands-on Activity Lessons
  • Mini-Lessons
  • Read Along
  • Video
  • Hands-on Labs
  • Interactive Labs
  • Core Interactive Text (CIT) with Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)
  • Reading Passages
  • Video
  • STEM projects
  • College & Career Connections
  • Multimedia content
Lesson Length
  • 20 min (K-5)
  • 30-45 min (6-8)
  • Varied (9-12)
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  • Varied
Assessments

Data and Dashboards

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View by Student (3-8)
Concept Dashboard (6-8)

 

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Formative

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Summative

 

 

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STAAR™ Practice Items

 

 

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Student Experience

Digital Interface

Presentation, Sharing, & Some Digital Submission

Presentation & Sharing

Core Interactive Text (CIT) with TEIs

Literacy / Language Arts

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Spanish / Language Support

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Accessibility

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Educator Experience & Supports

Planning Resources

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Robust Support

Differentiation

Flexible resources can be used across grade and ability levels

Flexible resources can be used across grade and ability levels

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Educator Supports

On-Demand, Help Center, and Educator Community

 

On-Demand, Help Center, and Educator Community

Professional Learning

Hourly professional development packages available for purchase during gap years and beyond

Print and Kit Options

Hands-On Activity Kits

 

 

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Printed Textbooks

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Science for Texas

Grades K-12

  • Curriculum and Content Depth
    • TEKS-Aligned: Checkmark
    • Instructional Framework and Organization:
      • Units > Concepts > Lessons
      • Informed by the 5E Model
      • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) throughout K-8 concepts
    • Content Types:
      • Hands-on Activities
      • Interactive Labs
      • Video
      • Literacy
      • Embedded K-5 Mystery Lessons
    • Lesson Length:
      • 20 min (K-5)
      • 30-45 min (6-8)
      • Varied (9-12)
  • Assessments
    • Data and Dashboards: Checkmark
      • View by Student (3-8)
      • Concept Dashboard (6-8)
    • Formative: Checkmark
  • Student Experience
    • Digital Interface: Presentation, Sharing, & Some Digital Submission
    • Literacy / Language Arts: Checkmark
    • Spanish / Language Support: Checkmark
    • Accessibility: Checkmark
  • Educator Experience & Supports
    • Planning Resources: Checkmark
    • Differentiation: Flexible resources can be used across grade and ability levels
    • Educator Supports: On-Demand, Help Center, and Educator Community
    • Professional Learning: Hourly professional development packages available for purchase during gap years and beyond
  • Print and Kit Options
    • Printed Textbooks: Digital only
    • Printable Digital Content: Checkmark

Mystery Science for Texas

Grades K-5

  • Curriculum and Content Depth
    • TEKS-Aligned: Checkmark
    • Instructional Framework and Organization:
      • Lessons and Mini Lessons
      • Phenomena-Based Investigations
    • Content Types:
      • Hands-on Activity Lessons
      • Mini-Lessons
      • Read Along
      • Video
    • Lesson Length: Varied
  • Assessments
    • Formative: Checkmark
  • Student Experience
    • Digital Interface: Presentation & Sharing
    • Literacy / Language Arts: Checkmark
    • Spanish / Language Support: Checkmark
    • Accessibility: Checkmark
  • Educator Experience & Supports
    • Planning Resources: Checkmark
    • Differentiation: Flexible resources can be used across grade and ability levels
    • Professional Learning: Hourly professional development packages available for purchase during gap years and beyond
  • Print and Kit Options
    • Printed Textbooks: Digital only
    • Printable Digital Content: Checkmark

Science Techbook for Texas

Grades K-12

  • Curriculum and Content Depth
    • TEKS-Aligned: Checkmark
    • Instructional Framework and Organization:
      • Units > Concepts > Lessons
      • Built on the 5E Model
      • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) embedded
    • Content Types:
      • Hands-on Labs
      • Interactive Labs
      • Core Interactive Text (CIT) with Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)
      • Reading Passages
      • Video
      • STEM projects
      • College & Career Connections
      • Multimedia content
    • Lesson Length: Varied
  • Assessments
    • Data and Dashboards: Checkmark
    • Formative: Checkmark
    • Summative: Checkmark
    • STAAR™ Practice Items: Checkmark
  • Student Experience
    • Digital Interface: Core Interactive Text (CIT) with TEIs
    • Literacy / Language Arts: Checkmark
    • Spanish / Language Support: Checkmark
    • Accessibility: Checkmark
  • Educator Experience & Supports
    • Planning Resources: Checkmark (Robust Support)
    • Differentiation: Checkmark
    • Educator Supports: On-Demand, Help Center, and Educator Community
    • Professional Learning: Hourly professional development packages available for purchase during gap years and beyond
  • Print and Kit Options
    • Hands-On Activity Kits: Checkmark (Available in 2024 K-8)
    • Printed Textbooks: Checkmark (Available in 2024)
    • Printable Digital Content: Checkmark

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Discovery Education support teachers of science in Texas through the transition to the new TEKS science standards?

Built to the latest Texas science TEKS explicitly for the gap years, Science for Texas offers a glimpse of what’s coming in 2024 for our flagship core Texas curriculum Science Techbook – Texas. with Thematic units divided into related concepts and supported by flexible lessons that are aligned to the TEKS guide students and teachers through the inquiry process from engagement to scientific explanation. Informed by the 5E Instructional Model, exploration begins with hands-on and interactive labs and is enriched by video- and text-based lessons with images and multimedia to enable multimodal learning, build knowledge, and deepen inquiry.

Does Science for Texas cover 100% of the science TEKS?

Yes, the TEKS for science are aligned to unit concepts in Science for Texas. Within the grade-level course page, you can navigate from the TEKS standard you wish to cover directly to the concept that covers it. Find TEKS references embedded in K-5 lessons, on grade 6-8 activity tiles, and on grade 9-12 content resources.

How is Science for Texas different than a core Texas TEKS curriculum?

As a supplement, the digital-only Science for Texas is designed for flexible use, with grab-and-go content and lessons, integrated teacher support and assessment. The digital core TEKS curriculum Science Techbook – Texas (2017) provides 180 days of sequenced TEKS-aligned science instruction based on the 5Es, including core interactive text, multimedia content, teaching and learning supports, and assessments.

How do I find the embedded Mystery Science lessons in Science for Texas?

TEKS-aligned, open-and-go Mystery Science lessons can be found at the end of the Explore section of most concepts, just before the Explain lesson. They are typically longer than 20 minutes.

How do I use Science for Texas in my classroom?

The Science for Texas teaching experience varies by grade level and classroom. K-5 lessons are designed to be presented within 20-minute blocks, guiding teachers and students through each lesson step while providing embedded resources and support at point of use. Middle school activities explore concepts through hands-on and interactive labs, supported by text- and video-based activities with integrated teaching notes and resources. High school teachers may enhance their existing curricula and engage students with the best vetted, TEKS-aligned content, including hands-on and interactive labs, text- and video-based learning resources.

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