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The Standards Support System initiative brings together in one place three key elements of a standards-based instructional support system: standards and supporting documents, curriculum, and professional development services.


The S³ Curriculum was developed so that any district, school, or classroom teacher has access to curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies that is aligned with the South Carolina standards.

The SC Standards Support System (S³) Curriculum was produced by the Office of Standards and Support in order to ensure all teachers have the resources to provide their students with high-quality standards-aligned curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The curriculum framework does not represent a comprehensive curriculum, but may be used as a foundation for curriculum development or as a supplement to an existing curriculum. The S3 Curriculum is available for elementary and middle school English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Also available are high school curricula in English language arts, biology, physical science, Elementary Algebra and U.S. History and Constitution.

The S³ Curricula for Mathematics and Science are available to download from this page. You may access the S³ Curriculum for other subject areas on the SC State Department of Education's website. The Standards Support System initiative is ongoing. The materials you download are a work in progress. Improvements and additions to the set of materials will be made as often as needed.

The S³ Curriculum meets the requirements of Marzano's "guaranteed and viable curriculum" which provides teachers with written curriculum materials that include a prioritized scope and sequence, an instructional planning guide that provides instructional resources, instructional strategies, and example assessments.

The following S³ lessons were developed by us as part of a contractual partnership with the SC Department of Education:

Kindergarten Science

K-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • K-1.1
  • K-1.2
  • K-1.3
  • K-1.4
  • K-1.5
K-2 Life Science
  • K-2.1 & K-2.2
  • K-2.3
  • K-2.4
  • K-2.5
K-3 Life Science (My Body)
  • K-3.1
  • K-3.2
K-4 Earth Science
  • K-4.1
  • K-4.2 & K-4.3
K-5 Physical Science
  • K-5.1 & K-5.2
First Grade Science
1-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 1-1.1
  • 1-1.2
  • 1-1.3
  • 1-1.4
1-2 Life Science
  • 1-2.1
  • 1-2.2
  • 1-2.3
  • 1-2.4
  • 1-2.5
  • 1-2.6
1-3 Earth Science (Astronomy)
  • 1-3.1
  • 1-3.2
  • 1-3.3
  • 1-3.4
1-4 Earth Science (Earth Materials)
  • 1-4.1
  • 1-4.2
  • 1-4.3
  • 1-4.4
  • 1-4.5
  • 1-4.6
1-5 Physical Science
  • 1-5.1
  • 1-5.2
  • 1-5.3
  • 1-5.4
Second Grade Science
2-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 2-1.1 & 2-1.2
  • 2-1.3
  • 2-1.4
  • 2-1.5
2-2 Life Science
  • 2-2.1 & 2-2.2
  • 2-2.3
  • 2-2.4
  • 2-2.5
2-3 Earth Science
  • 2-3.1
  • 2-3.2
  • 2-3.3
  • 2-3.4 & 2-3.5
  • 2-3.6
2-4 Physical Science (Matter)
  • 2-4.1
  • 2-4.2
  • 2-4.3
  • 2-4.4
2-5 Physical Science (Forces)
  • 2-5.1
  • 2-5.2
  • 2-5.3
  • 2-5.4

Third Grade Science

3-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 3-1.1
  • 3-1.2
  • 3-1.3
  • 3-1.4
  • 3-1.5
  • 3-1.6 & 3-1.7
  • 3-1.8
3-2 Life Science
  • 3-2.1
  • 3-2.2
  • 3-2.3 & 3-2.4
  • 3-2.5
3-3 Earth Science
  • 3-3.1
  • 3-3.2
  • 3-3.3
  • 3-3.4
  • 3-3.5
  • 3-3.6
  • 3-3.7
  • 3-3.8
3-4 Physical Science (Matter)
  • 3-4.1
  • 3-4.2
  • 3-4.3
  • 3-4.4
3-5 Physical Science (Forces)
  • 3-5.1
  • 3-5.2
  • 3-5.3
  • 3-5.4
  • 3-5.5
  • 3-5.6
  • 3-5.7
  • 3-5.8

Fourth Grade Science

4-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 4-1.1
  • 4-1.2
  • 4-1.3 & 4-1.5
  • 4-1.4
  • 4-1.6
  • 4-1.7
4-2 Life Science
  • 4-2.1
  • 4-2.2
  • 4-2.3
  • 4-2.4
  • 4-2.5
  • 4-2.6
4-3 Earth Science (Astronomy)
  • 4-3.1
  • 4-3.2
  • 4-3.3
  • 4-3.4
  • 4-3.5
  • 4-3.6
  • 4-3.7
  • 4-3.8
4-4 Earth Science (Weather)
  • 4-4.1
  • 4-4.2
  • 4-4.3
  • 4-4.4
  • 4-4.5
  • 4-4.6
4-5 Physical Science
  • 4-5.1 & 4-5.2
  • 4-5.3
  • 4-5.4
  • 4-5.5
  • 4-5.6
  • 4-5.7
  • 4-5.8
  • 4-5.9
  • 4-5.10

Fifth Grade Science

5-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 5-1.1
  • 5-1.2
  • 5-1.3
  • 5-1.4
  • 5-1.5 & 5-1.6
  • 5-1.7
  • 5-1.8
5-2 Life Science
  • 5-2.1
  • 5-2.2
  • 5-2.3
  • 5-2.4
  • 5-2.5
5-3 Earth Science
  • 5-3.1
  • 5-3.2
  • 5-3.3
  • 5-3.4
  • 5-3.5
  • 5-3.6
5-4 Physical Science (Matter)
  • 5-4.1
  • 5-4.2
  • 5-4.3
  • 5-4.4
  • 5-4.5
  • 5-4.6
  • 5-4.7
  • 5-4.8
5-5 Physical Science (Forces)
  • 5-5.1
  • 5-5.2
  • 5-5.3
  • 5-5.4
  • 5-5.5
  • 5-5.6

Sixth Grade Science

6-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 6-1.1
  • 6-1.2
  • 6-1.3
  • 6-1.4
  • 6-1.5
6-2 Life Science (Plants)
  • 6-2.1
  • 6-2.2
  • 6-2.3
  • 6-2.4
  • 6-2.5
  • 6-2.6
  • 6-2.7
  • 6-2.8
  • 6-2.9
6-3 Life Science (Animals)
  • 6-3.1
  • 6-3.2
  • 6-3.3
  • 6-3.4
  • 6-3.5
  • 6-3.6
  • 6-3.7
6-4 Earth Science
  • 6-4.1
  • 6-4.2
  • 6-4.3
  • 6-4.4
  • 6-4.5
  • 6-4.6
  • 6-4.7
  • 6-4.8
  • 6-4.9
6-5 Physical Science
  • 6-5.1
  • 6-5.2
  • 6-5.3
  • 6-5.4
  • 6-5.5
  • 6-5.6
  • 6-5.7
  • 6-5.8

Seventh Grade Science

7-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 7-1.1
  • 7-1.2
  • 7-1.3, 7-1.4, & 7-1.5
  • 7-1.6
  • 7-1.7
7-2 Life Science (Cells & Heredity)
  • 7-2.1
  • 7-2.2
  • 7-2.3
  • 7-2.4
  • 7-2.5
  • 7-2.6
  • 7-2.7
7-3 Life Science (Human Body)
  • 7-3.1
  • 7-3.2
  • 7-3.3
  • 7-3.4
7-4 Earth Science (Ecology)
  • 7-4.1
  • 7-4.2
  • 7-4.3
  • 7-4.4
  • 7-4.5
  • 7-4.6
7-5 Physical Science
  • 7-5.1
  • 7-5.2
  • 7-5.3
  • 7-5.4
  • 7-5.5
  • 7-5.6
  • 7-5.7
  • 7-5.8
  • 7-5.9
  • 7-5.10

Eighth Grade Science

8-1 Scientific Inquiry
  • 8-1.1 & 8-1.4
  • 8-1.2
  • 8-1.3
  • 8-1.5
  • 8-1.6
  • 8-1.7
8-2 Life/Earth Science
  • 8-2.1
  • 8-2.2
  • 8-2.3
  • 8-2.4
  • 8-2.5
  • 8-2.6
  • 8-2.7
8-3 Earth Science
  • 8-3.1
  • 8-3.2
  • 8-3.3
  • 8-3.4
  • 8-3.5
  • 8-3.6
  • 8-3.7
  • 8-3.8
  • 8-3.9
8-4 Earth Science (Astronomy)
  • 8-4.1
  • 8-4.2
  • 8-4.3
  • 8-4.4
  • 8-4.5
  • 8-4.6
  • 8-4.7
  • 8-4.8
  • 8-4.9
  • 8-4.10
8-5 Physical Science
  • 8-5.1
  • 8-5.2
  • 8-5.3
  • 8-5.4
  • 8-5.5
  • 8-5.6
8-6 Physical Science
  • 8-6.1
  • 8-6.2
  • 8-6.3
  • 8-6.4
  • 8-6.5
  • 8-6.6
  • 8-6.7
  • 8-6.8

SCCMS and S²TEM Centers SC appreciate the contributions of the educators who developed the initial drafts of the S³ K-8 science lessons as submitted in 2009. Among these, as per the SC Department of Education, are:

Primary Writing Team Members

  • K-8 Science Curriculum Project Leader: Linda D. Sinclair, SC Department of Education (retired)
  • Kindergarten: Linda Mika, Rock-Hill School District
  • First Grade: Kerry Anderson, Anderson District 2; Allison Harper, Bamberg District 1
  • Second Grade: Angela Tanner, Florence District 2; Dana Hutto, Lexington District 1
  • Third Grade: Ann Boykin, Bamberg District 1; Lori Truhn, Greenwood 50
  • Fourth Grade: Elisa Hedgepath, Chester School District; LeeAnn Hewitt, Bamberg District 1
  • Fifth Grade: Marie Moon, Anderson District 1; Christina Russell, Calhoun School District
  • Sixth Grade: Pat Bobbitt, Anderson District 1
  • Seventh Grade: Dana Hutto, Lexington District 1; Anna Musselman, Dorchester District 2
  • Eighth Grade: Carroll Brabham, Bamberg District 1; Cassandra Carroll, York District 1; Melanie Corell, Barnwell 45; Karen Laverdiere, Sumter 2; Marcia Oliver, Sumter 17

Contributing Team Members and Reviewers:

  • Cherlyn Anderson, Midlands S²TEM Center
  • Norma Ashburn, Hanahan High School (retired)
  • Pat Bobbitt, Anderson District 2
  • Martha Boswell, Allendale School District
  • Karen Bryant, Lexington District 5
  • Michelle Cain, Edgefield School District
  • Jeri Calhoun, Charleston School District
  • Jennifer Coffey, Aiken School District
  • Paula Costello
  • Rose Cox, Rock-Hill School District
  • Margaret Dacko, Greenville School District
  • Barbara Dire, Richland District 1
  • Tracy Hedrick, Anderson District 2
  • Robbie Higdon, Greenville School District
  • Marguerite Jones, Anderson District 1
  • Jo Killoy, Dreher High School (retired)
  • Cindy Maddox
  • Judith Mascaro, Oconee School District
  • Cathy Morrison, Spartanburg District 2
  • Susan Orr, Pickens School District
  • Ned Owings, Florence District 1
  • Michele Quick, York School District
  • Karey Santos, Aiken School District
  • Denise Trufan,
  • Debbie Whittington, Florence District 3

Special thanks to the S²TEM Centers SC Science Specialists who along with Sherri Kennedy, Dr. Jeff Lee, Melanie Longtin, Linda Mika, Beth Moore, Brenda Black Morrison, Theresa Owens and Thomas Webster worked tirelessly to complete these lessons in 2010.

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