More Than Just a Science Textbook Grades K–8

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  • Why?

    HMH Field Trips powered by Google Expeditions

    As a Google® content partner, HMH has developed field trips for Google Expeditions. Using a simple Google Cardboard™ device and a smartphone, students are swept away into 3D, 360-degree experiences in fascinating locations, directly tied to science content! A Teacher Guide provides ideas for incorporating the Expeditions into your lessons, as well as tips on how to guide and customize the experience.

    Designed for Next Generation

    ScienceFusion® is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art K–8 science program. The print, hands-on, and digital curricula provide student-centered options for all students, in any learning environment (home or school, traditional or paperless), and align to the Framework for K–12 Science Education, the foundation for NGSS*.

    Multimodal Learning

    ScienceFusion is a comprehensive print and digital curriculum solution that provides multimodal options for teachers to engage students in exciting, investigation-based learning. This effective, research-based program is easy to implement and fun for teachers and for students.

    STEM and 21st-Century Skills

    The STEM program in ScienceFusion provides real-world challenges, hands-on activities, and Video-based Projects that develop important critical-thinking skills that will prepare students for success in the workplace and in life. A new spiraled curriculum on Technology and Coding has been added for Grades 1–8, and Kindergarten has a new Technology and Engineering section.

    Student-centered, Write-in Student Edition

    ScienceFusion Write-in Student Editions promote a student-centered approach for:

    • Learning science concepts and vocabulary
    • Incorporating math and writing in each science lesson
    • Incorporating graphic organizers for summary and organization
    • Active reading with features to teach students how to analyze and interact with content

    Virtual and Hands-on Labs for Every Lesson

    The ScienceFusion lab program contains hands-on activities and virtual labs for every lesson or every day of the week. Inquiry lessons (Grades K–5) and labs (Grades 6–8) can be modified to provide three levels of inquiry: directed inquiry, guided inquiry, and independent inquiry.

    Why ScienceFusion

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      Multimodal Learning

      ScienceFusion® is a comprehensive print and digital curriculum solution that provides multimodal options for teachers to engage students in exciting, investigation-based learning. The effective, research-based program is easy to implement, fun to teach, and engaging for students.

    • Table of Contents, Grades K–5

      Preview the K–5 Unit topics.

      Grade K

      Unit 1: Doing Science

      Unit 2: Animals

      Unit 3: Plants

      Unit 4: Habitats

      Unit 5: Day and Night

      Unit 6: Earth’s Resources

      Unit 7: Weather and the Seasons

      Unit 8: Matter

      Unit 9: Energy

      Unit 10: Motion


      Grade 1

      Unit 1: How Scientists Work

      Unit 2: Technology All Around Us

      Unit 3: Animals

      Unit 4: Plants

      Unit 5: Environments

      Unit 6: Earth’s Resources

      Unit 7: Weather and Seasons

      Unit 8: Objects in the Sky

      Unit 9: All About Matter

      Unit 10: Forces and Energy


      Grade 2

      Unit 1: Work Like a Scientist

      Unit 2: Technology and Our World

      Unit 3: All About Animals

      Unit 4: All About Plants

      Unit 5: Environments for Living Things

      Unit 6: Earth and Its Resources

      Unit 7: All About Weather

      Unit 8: The Solar System

      Unit 9: Changes in Matter

      Unit 10: Energy and Magnets


      Grade 3

      Unit 1: Investigating Questions

      Unit 2: The Engineering Process

      Unit 3: Plants and Animals

      Unit 4: Ecosystems and Interactions

      Unit 5: Changes to Earth’s Surface

      Unit 6: People and Resources

      Unit 7: Water and Weather

      Unit 8: Earth and Its Moon

      Unit 9: Matter

      Unit 10: Simple and Compound Machines


      Grade 4

      Unit 1: Studying Science

      Unit 2: The Engineering Process

      Unit 3: Plants and Animals

      Unit 4: Energy and Ecosystems

      Unit 5: Weather

      Unit 6: Earth and Space

      Unit 7: Properties of Matter

      Unit 8: Changes in Matter

      Unit 9: Energy

      Unit 10: Electricity

      Unit 11: Motion


      Grade 5

      Unit 1: How Scientists Work

      Unit 2: The Engineering Process

      Unit 3: Cells to Body Systems

      Unit 4: Living Things Grow and Reproduce

      Unit 5: Ecosystems

      Unit 6: Energy and Ecosystems

      Unit 7: Natural Resources

      Unit 8: Changes to Earth’s Surface

      Unit 9: The Rock Cycle

      Unit 10: Fossils

      Unit 11: Earth’s Oceans

      Unit 12: The Solar System and the Universe

      Unit 13: Matter

      Unit 14: Light and Sound

      Unit 15: Forces and Motion


    • Table of Contents Grade 6-8

      Preview the middle school science Module topics.


      Module A: Cells and Heredity

      Unit 1: Cells

      Unit 2: Reproduction and Heredity


      Module B: The Diversity of Living Things

      Unit 1: Life Over Time

      Unit 2: Earth’s Organisms


      Module C: The Human Body

      Unit 1: Human Body Systems

      Unit 2: Human Health


      Module D: Ecology and the Environment

      Unit 1: Interactions of Living Things

      Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems

      Unit 3: Earth’s Resources

      Unit 4: Human Impact on the Environment


      Module E: The Dynamic Earth

      Unit 1: Earth’s Surface

      Unit 2: Earth’s History

      Unit 3: Minerals and Rocks

      Unit 4: The Restless Earth


      Module F: Earth’s Water and Atmosphere

      Unit 1: Earth’s Water

      Unit 2: Oceanography

      Unit 3: Earth’s Atmosphere

      Unit 4: Weather and Climate


      Module G: Space Science

      Unit 1: The Universe

      Unit 2: The Solar System

      Unit 3: The Earth-Moon-Sun System

      Unit 4: Exploring Space


      Module H: Matter and Energy

      Unit 1: Matter

      Unit 2: Energy

      Unit 3: Atoms and the Periodic Table

      Unit 4: Interactions of Matter

      Unit 5: Solutions, Acids, and Bases


      Module I: Motion, Forces, and Energy

      Unit 1: Motion and Forces

      Unit 2: Work, Energy, and Machines

      Unit 3: Electricity and Magnetism


      Module J: Sound and Light

      Unit 1: Introduction to Waves

      Unit 2: Sound

      Unit 3: Light


      Module K: Introduction to Science and Technology

      Unit 1: The Nature of Science

      Unit 2: Measurement and Data

      Unit 3: Engineering, Technology, and Society

    • Authors

      Meet the team that’s made ScienceFusion® the most up-to-date K–8 science program.

    • Research: Evidence & Efficacy

      ScienceFusion Randomized Control Trial (2013)

      This two-year, gold standard study examines the differential impact of ScienceFusion on Grade 6–8 students' science achievement versus a control group.

      ScienceFusion Comparative Impact Study (2012)

      This yearlong comparison shows that Florida students at Grades 3–5 using ScienceFusion witnessed greater growth in science achievement versus students not using the program.

      ScienceFusion Research Base (2012)

      Summary of the scholarly and academic research and evidence-based approaches that informed the design and pedagogy of the ScienceFusion program.

  • Features

    ScienceFusion © 2017 offers an engaging blend of interactive 21st-century digital and print features that give students a meaningful way to interact with science. Built on the Framework for K–12 Science Education, ScienceFusion® inspires your students to use their curiosity and reasoning skills to discover, interact, and apply what they’ve learned. More than a science textbook with companion technology, ScienceFusion is like having two science programs in one. That’s because we designed ScienceFusion to give you two unique learning pathways—one print and one digital, both pointing toward one complete classroom solution.

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    • What's New?

      Here are some of the exciting new features in the © 2017 update of ScienceFusion®.

      eBook Accessibility and Personalization


      The ScienceFusion eBooks are now based on the HTML standard so they can be accessed from any compatible platform or device. In addition, powerful personalization functions like note-taking, highlighting, and searching are supported and saved.

      Saving Student Activity

      In order to maximize flexibility of students’ learning at any time and place, ScienceFusion now supports the ability for students to bookmark their location in a digital lesson and return to that same point at a later time. In addition, students’ work is saved between sessions.

      21st-Century Skills

      What's New

      An important component of many STEM careers is the meaningful understanding of the foundations of technology, engineering, and computer coding. A new spiraled curriculum on Technology and Coding has been added for Grades 1–8 to address this need. In addition, Kindergarten has a new Technology and Engineering section.

      Science & Engineering Leveled Readers


      Science & Engineering Leveled Readers bring engaging science and engineering content to all students, whether they need extra support, are working at grade level, or are seeking enrichment. Thirty or more readers per grade are available as part of ScienceFusion. These readers are also available separately in print or digital formats. A leveled readers app for iPad® is also available. Teacher resource materials include guided reading and vocabulary development strategies. Both English and Spanish are supported.


      Improved Online Student Self Quiz

      The design of the online Unit Self Quiz (now Self-Checks) has been improved to maximize learning effectiveness by giving students more opportunities to arrive at the correct answer.

      Print Components

      Single-Volume Teacher Edition

      ScienceFusion © 2017 has consolidated all of the separate unit-level Teacher Editions into a single volume to make it easier for teachers to manage. Only Grades 4 and 5 Teacher Editions are built as two-volume sets, in order to maximize durability.

      Digital Components

      For maximum flexibility, content formerly on fixed media components such as CDs and DVDs is now being made available entirely online for ease of access or download. This includes the Kindergarten Songs and Rhymes CD and the Teacher Resource DVD.

      Google Expeditions


      HMH is among the first to develop K–8 content for Google® Expeditions. Using a simple Google Cardboard™ device and a smartphone, students are swept away into immersive virtual worlds where learning and engagement are maximized. Teachers have a lot of flexibility in customizing the experience for each classroom. A Teacher's Guide will provide ideas for ways to incorporate Expeditions into your classroom lessons.

      Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

      ScienceFusion was initially developed at a time when the National Research Council (NRC) Framework for K–12 Science Education was published. The NRC’s work serves as the foundation to the NGSS in the form of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific and engineering practices. ScienceFusion incorporates these three dimensions of learning described by the Framework and can serve as a solid preparation for a full NGSS curriculum. To facilitate this transition, NGSS correlations are provided in the Teacher Editions and online materials.


      New Bundle Configurations

      ScienceFusion © 2017 for Grades K–5 is available in three configurations: Premium, Hybrid, and Digital. The Hybrid bundle serves as the core offering, with both print and digital materials. The Premium bundle provides added Leveled Readers and ScienceSaurus® print materials while the Digital bundle offers a low-cost digital-only option. Common Cartridge® options are also available for purchase.

      ScienceFusion © 2017 for Grades 6–8 is offered as modules in both Hybrid and Digital configurations where every fourth module purchased is available at a discount.

    • Science & Engineering Leveled Readers

      The Science & Engineering Leveled Readers provide solutions for entire classrooms and individual learners. With print and digital options, these Leveled Readers can be used to maximize student success. Each grade includes a Teacher Guide, which provides support before reading, during reading, and during response to reading activities.


      Three Levels of Support

      Readers are available for a wide variety of science and engineering topics at three reading levels: Extra Support, On Level, and Enrichment. The readers are available in both English and Spanish.

      Print and Digital Options

      With print and digital options, the Leveled Readers can be used to maximize student success. Readers can be accessed online or through the HMH Readers app. In ScienceFusion® © 2017, Leveled Readers will be accessible at point of use.

      Teacher Guide

      The Teacher Guide for each grade provides teaching strategies and activities for using each of the Readers, as well as reproducible English and Spanish worksheets. On-Level and Extra-Support worksheets focus on vocabulary development, while Enrichment worksheets reinforce and enrich content. The Teacher Guide includes a correlation to Next Generation Science Standards*.


      Next Generation Science Standards

      The Science & Engineering Leveled Readers combined with ScienceSaurus® provide coverage of the Disciplinary Core Ideas within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). (The Teacher Guide includes a correlation to NGSS*.)

      Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

      The Leveled Readers provide nonfiction (informational) text selections as required by the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.

      Range of Readability Levels

      With a wide range of readability levels at each grade, you can be sure to find age- and grade-level-appropriate text, along with plenty of nonfiction (informational) text selections to choose from (up to Lexile® measure 1160).

    • Digital Curriculum

      ScienceFusion’s® Interactive Digital Curriculum is an award-winning, research-proven way to teach science in a familiar, engaging, online environment. Through continuous interaction via simulations, animations, videos, Virtual Labs, Video-Based Projects, and assessments, students are active participants in the learning process.

      Digital Lessons and Virtual Labs

      digital lessons 

      With an alternative digital experience for every write-in textbook lesson, ScienceFusion’s highly engaging Digital Lessons and Virtual Labs teach the same content, vocabulary, and inquiry skills, but in a completely different way.

      Virtual Labs 

      The Virtual Labs review important concepts developed in the previous lessons while providing students with the virtual equipment and procedural structure to complete investigations in a way not always practical with hands-on experiences. Student progress can be tracked using the Virtual Lab Data Sheets, which can be saved and emailed or printed for assignment purposes.

      Teacher Online Management Center Dashboard


      The new Teacher Dashboard makes it even easier to manage classes and assignments. All ThinkCentral features and functions can still be accessed easily, but you now have the tools to quickly view today’s plans as well as performance and progress indicators. It’s never been easier to stay informed and organized!


      Launch eBooks, workbooks, and other resources directly from the Teacher Dashboard.


      View the status of recent assignments and quickly access all ThinkCentral assignments and prescriptions.


      View class performance on assessments and easily access full reporting features.


      Search for resources and lessons by standard or keyword, just like your favorite Internet search engine.


      Find resources in a table of contents view or view by standards.

      New mySmartPlanner!

      The existing planner has been redesigned to offer a more robust, intuitive, and flexible planning experience. Some of the many benefits include more customization, new search features, and easier access to lesson plans and resources:

      • Teaching Blocks: Easily create teaching and non-teaching blocks, which can be customized right in your planner view.
      • Planning: Auto-schedule recommended lesson plans for the entire year. Customize lesson plans and save them for next year!
      • Reports: Print daily and weekly plans containing details of the standards covered, as well as the resources and lessons scheduled.
      • Set-Up: Customize your planner with non-teaching days, holidays, and school breaks.

      NSTA SciLINKS®

      Found at point of use in each unit to extend and expand your students’ understanding of unit concepts and skills. These resources are vetted by scientific experts at NSTA, so you can be assured they are exemplary resources and safe surfing for students.

      Video-based Projects (Grades 3–8)

      Video Project

      These inquiry-based projects, focusing on STEM, ecology, and biotechnology, consist of a video, teacher support pages, and student activity worksheets. Featuring program authors Mike Heithaus and Michael DiSpezio, these engaging, fun episodes reinforce unit concepts through interaction and are perfect for whole-class instruction on a whiteboard.

      Media Gallery

      Video Project

      A comprehensive gallery of images from the Student Edition that can be used by teachers or students to create their own presentations and projects.

      Unit Self-Checks (Grades 1–5)

      The online unit self-assessment quiz is a fun, informative way to give students a view of their strengths and weaknesses.

      People in Science

      People in Science

      A collection of multimedia biographies of scientists, historical and contemporary, featuring scientific careers of the past, present, and future.

      Student Edition Audio

      Students can listen online or download full audio of their textbook to their mobile devices.

    • Write-in Student Edition

      The latest research on 21st-century students tells us today’s digital natives are more visually oriented. To accommodate this learning style, the design of the Write-in Student Edition is a dynamic and motivating magazine-style format that will engage your students and make them want to actually use their text. This format also makes the acquisition of science content a natural process for all students—both left- and right-brain learners.

      Innovative, Interactive Content Delivery

      Students using ScienceFusion® are developing critical-thinking and reading skills by interacting with the engaging verbal and visual blend of content. Active engagement with the text has been documented by research to significantly increase achievement.

      A Student-Centered Approach

      The Write-In Student Edition promotes a student-centered approach for:

      • Learning and applying critical-thinking and reading skills
      • Building STEM and 21st-century skills
      • Developing energetic readers who reach a deep level of comprehension
    • Hands-on Activities

      The ScienceFusion® lab program is a comprehensive hands-on program designed to include activities for every lesson that address a variety of student levels, inquiry levels, time availability, and materials.

      Inquiry Flipcharts (Grades K–5)

      The inquiry flipcharts deliver three levels—directed, guided, and independent—of hands-on inquiry for every lesson. The laminated flipcharts can be placed on a table for centers or small-group areas, so students can work as lab partners or in collaborative groups.

      Virtual Labs


      Lab Manuals (Grades 6–8)

      The middle grades lab program is designed to include activities that address a variety of student levels, inquiry levels, time availability, and materials. Each unit includes multiple Quick Labs in every lesson and four additional labs that require one or more class periods to complete—Exploration, Field, and STEM labs.

      Quick Labs

      Short activities at point of use to help concept development

      Exploration Labs

      Traditional labs designed to be used with standard equipment and materials

      Field Labs

      Designed to be partially or completely performed outside the classroom

      STEM Labs

      Activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills

    • STEM and 21st-Century Skills


      There’s no substitute for actually experiencing a process or task. That’s why ScienceFusion builds STEM units, STEM activities, and STEM hands-on labs into the curriculum.

      STEM Features

      An important component of many STEM careers is the meaningful understanding of the foundations of technology, engineering and computer coding. A new spiraled curriculum on Technology and Coding has been added for Grades 1–8 to address this need. Additionally, Kindergarten has a new Technology and Engineering section.

      Grade 6 Tech

      Grades 1–5

      Grade 1-5

      For each grade level, Unit 2 is dedicated to the engineering design process. ScienceFusion® provides STEM lessons and hands-on activities that incorporate and develop 21st-century skills and are rooted in the science being taught in the lesson. In every unit beyond Units 1 and 2, there is a feature in the Student Edition called Engineering and Technology. This focuses on an aspect of Engineering and also includes a specific technology as an application of science. A STEM activity accompanies the Engineering and Technology feature, and this activity appears in the Inquiry Flipchart. The activity gives students an opportunity to apply the engineering design process.

      The engineering design process used throughout Grades 1–5 focuses on these steps:

      • Find a Problem
      • Plan and Build
      • Test and Improve
      • Redesign
      • Communicate

      Grades 6–8

      Each module includes four pages, on a unit level, of STEM activities designed to provide background, a challenge, and an activity that connects students to the engineering design process. Additional STEM support is found in the Lab Manual. STEM Labs focus on hands-on activities that highlight the development of design and engineering skills.

      Video-based Projects


      These inquiry-based projects consist of a video, teacher support pages, and student activity worksheets. There are three to four Video-based Projects per grade level in Grades 3 through 8 focusing on STEM, Ecology, and Biotechnology—available online at point of use. They are also referenced at point of use on the Unit Planning pages in the Teacher Edition.

      Science & Engineering Leveled Readers (Grades K–5)


      Brand new Science & Engineering Leveled Readers bring engaging science and engineering content to students who need extra support, students who are working at grade level or students who are ready for enrichment. Approximately 30 readers per grade are integrated into the online portion of ScienceFusion in English and Spanish. These readers are also available in print or as an iPad® app. Guided reading and vocabulary development strategies are a part of the teacher resource materials.

    • Next Generation Science Standards

      ScienceFusion—Your Pathway to Next Generation Learning

      ScienceFusion® was built upon the same framework as the NGSS*, the Three Dimensions of Learning. This foundation, the Framework for K–12 Science Education (by the National Research Council), was available at the time ScienceFusion was developed.

      To help in this transition, HMH ScienceFusion © 2017 includes NGSS correlations in the Teacher Editions and online materials. In addition, ScienceFusion helps meet the need for more engineering content by including a new spiraled curriculum on Technology and Coding for Grades 1–8 and a Technology and Engineering section for Kindergarten.

    • Teacher Support

      Teacher Edition

      Every lesson guides you through activities, probing questions, misconception alerts, differentiated instruction, and vocabulary support. You'll find preparation tips, troubleshooting advice, and expected results for each inquiry level. And point-of-use references direct you to relevant online resources. The © 2017 of ScienceFusion® has now consolidated all of the separate unit-level Teacher Editions into a single volume to make it easier for the teacher to manage planning. Only Grade 4 and 5 Teacher Editions are each built as two-volume sets designed to maximize durability.


      Unit Planning

      Start with the unit planning pages to review and plan how to teach using the print program, digital curriculum, hands-on inquiry, or your own personalized blend of all three.

      Lesson Planning

      Lesson support gives you background knowledge and strategies to develop inquiry skills, along with detailed learning goals and supporting concepts for each key topic.

      Teaching Tips

      Suggestions and estimated times for each activity help you select the right lesson for your students and plan your time effectively.

      Online Teaching and Planning

      ScienceFusion is a comprehensive, multimodal science program that provides all the digital tools teachers need to engage students in inquiry-based learning. The Teacher Online Management Center, is designed to make it easier for teachers to access program resources to plan, teach, assess, and track.

      • Program resources can be easily previewed in PDF format and downloaded for editing.
      • Assign and schedule resources online, and they will appear in your students’ inboxes.
      • All quizzes and tests can be taken and automatically scored online.
      • Easily monitor and track student progress.


      Assessment Options

      ScienceFusion assessment options give you maximum flexibility in assessing what your students know and what they can do. Both the print and digital options include formative and summative assessment. Program resources can be easily previewed in PDF format and downloaded for editing.

      Assessment Guide

      Assessment Guide

      The Assessment Guide is your directory to assessment in the program. All tests are available and editable in ExamView® and online at The print Assessment Guide includes:

      • Unit Reviews, Pre-Tests, and Post-Tests
      • Alternative Assessments
      • Performance-Based Assessments
      • Answer Keys

      Online Assessment

      Online Assessment

      The Online Assessment includes

      • Assignable, leveled assessments for individuals
      • Customizable lesson quizzes and unit tests
      • Individual and whole-class reporting

      NSTA Professional Development

      HMH’s partnership with National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) provides custom professional development for every unit. Professional Development materials are a mix of online learning objects, journal and book chapter materials, and other various resources. Teachers have 24/7 access to quality professional development from the science experts.



      Editable quizzes and tests are available in ExamView®. You can customize a quiz or test by adding or deleting items, revising difficulty levels, changing formats, revising sequence, and editing items. Students can take quizzes and tests directly online.

    • Available Digital Formats

      HMH eTextbooks

      eTextbooks include all of the content from the print Student Edition. Available for all major devices, additional functionality may include zoom & resize, scroll, text and keyword web search, bookmark, and notes.

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      Online Edition

      Online Editions

      Our interactive Online Editions include all of the content of the print textbook, plus ancillary items and interactive elements, such as video and quizzes. With the purchase of Online Student Editions, teachers also have access to all Teacher Resources as well as all Student Resources. Compatible with desktop, laptop, and netbook computers.

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