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A PDF of the Science Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards are available by clicking on the following link:

 New Mexico State Standards for Science.


The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards that were developed by states to improve science education for all students. They are available at the following link:

Next Generation Science Standards


Science Kits

In an effort to provide equitable science education across the district, science kits were adopted as the hands-on portion of the elementary science curriculum.  These kits are standards-based and distributed throughout the district on a rotating schedule due to cost of acquisition.  Each kit (unit) is divided into hands-on lessons, including most materials that support the content.

Unit and lesson content overviews can be accessed via the Center for Hands-On Learning website .  This page lands on just-in-time training where teachers can access the content by grade level as well as a short video including hints and tips of the lessons. 

A link to the associated common core app can also be downloaded from this page.  The common core app allows teachers to set differentiation flags, make notes of student progress, and also note accommodations.  The information can be emailed directly to the teacher’s account and used for a myriad of applications such as IEPs, etc.

The focus of each lesson within a unit, otherwise known as The Journey, is outlined on each unit’s landing page.

At the end and beginning of each school year, the science kit distribution schedule is shared with each school via the Principal, Instructional Coach and other school science designee.

  • For questions regarding science kit materials, missing items, etc., teachers may contact Yvette Dodge, Science Distribution Center Supervisor ( or 505-883-9148).
  • To provide input and feedback regarding kit contents, teachers may use the Teacher Input Form for Just In Time Training, or the yellow box at the bottom of each online lesson.
  • For questions regarding kit curriculum, teachers may contact Suzanne Johnson, STEM Instructional Manager ().
  • For kit training, teachers may contact Carrie Pippin, STEM Resource Teacher (). 

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is a joint venture between the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Albuquerque Public Schools. The center, which has been in operation since 1967, serves all APS fifth-grade students, as well as students from surrounding school districts totaling approximately 12,000 students each year.

The main program of the SMNHC, the Ecology Field Program, is an integral part of the curriculum with a focus on the interconnectedness of the biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem with a hands-on scientific approach.  Students are introduced to the local ecosystem, as well as producers, consumers, and decomposers that reside at the center and throughout the state of New Mexico.  This is accomplished through a day of field exploration, observation, and hands-on learning in the outdoors. All lessons and activities are aligned with the New Mexico State Science Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

The fifth grade field trip to SMNHC is more than a rite of passage or a long-standing tradition. It is an integral part of our fifth grade science curriculum.  A member of SMNHC will contact schools each year to plan a field trip date, secure transportation, and work with teachers to provide any necessary student or staff accommodations. For more information on programs, scheduling, teacher resources, parent letters, and more visit the SMNHC website.