Grades 6-8

To extend students’ opportunities for developing academic language, discussion, and written argumentation skills using the same principles that inspired the original Word Generation program, we have developed science units around topics commonly taught to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. These curricular materials can be used in place of the standard curriculum materials, or as a supplement. They are fully aligned with the science-specific literacy standards prescribed by the Common Core State Standards, providing opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about basic questions in science.

Fifteen- to twenty-minute activities for use in ELA, math, and social studies classes are coordinated with each week of the science units, so that the cross-disciplinary benefits of Word Generation can be exploited during use of the intensive science program. All the activities relate to the central topic, build relevant knowledge, and provide opportunities to encounter the new academic vocabulary in new semantic contexts.


Handy new SciGen platform now available for Science Teachers!

All existing units updated to provide teachers more support with interactive and projectable assets added. Lesson plans rewritten in greater detail.

Student materials embedded within tablet-based teaching notes.

Works with any web-enabled device.

Six new units added (cells, waves, environmental impact, and more!)

All current PDF versions will also remain available.

Please check it out and let us know what you think!

18 One-week Original Science Units Available (below)

these, plus six additional units prepared for Teacher Dashboard

Development of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) and Suzanne Donovan (SERP). Major SERP contributors to program development include: Claire White, Alyse Krantz, Halley Wheeless, Matt Ellinger, David Dudley, and Patrick Hurley. Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland collaborated with SERP to develop of Word Generation.
Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.
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