Building Blocks of Science 3DBuilding Blocks of Science | 3D

Program Overview

Comprised of 18 K-5 STEM units Building Blocks of Science® 3D offers kits that cover life, earth, and physical science. Implement this program to cover all K-5 science standards easily and affordably—in just 30 minutes a day!

Start building tomorrow’s scientists by providing 3-dimensional learning experiences today!

  • Students become STEM scientists who study, model, and explain science and real-world phenomena—and design solutions.
  • Students engage in investigations where they do the science and engineering of STEM careers.
  • Investigations build skills in problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork—habits that good scientists have.
  • Math and ELA connections are integrated into the inquiry investigations through informational text, notebooking, and math activities.

Here’s another great reason to use Building Blocks of Science—hands-on, inquiry-based instruction is proven to raise test scores in science, reading, and math.

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What to expect with Building Blocks of Science 3D:

  • Investigations that can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes, providing flexibility for your busy classroom
  • Easy-to-use Teacher’s Guides provide step-by-step preparation and instruction, background information, and tips from real classroom teachers
  • Units designed explicitly for the NGSS, with anchoring phenomena that provide the focus for the units
  • Lessons designed around integration of the three dimensions of learning and the 5E instructional model
  • Students actively engaged in hands-on investigation and engineering design, cultivating interest in future STEM careers—every lesson, every unit.

Building Blocks of Science | 3D Curriculum Framework

To view each hands-on unit kit, click on the unit title within the learning framework.


Push, Pull, Go

K-PS2-1; K-PS2-2;
K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2

Living Things and Their Needs

K-LS1-1; K-ESS2-2;
K-ESS3-1; K-ESS3-3;

Weather and Sky

K-PS3-1; K-PS3-2;
K-ESS2-1; K-ESS3-2;
K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2

1st Grade

Light and Sound Waves

1-PS4-1; 1-PS4-2;
1-PS4-3; 1-PS4-4;
K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2

Exploring Organisms

1-LS1-1; 1-LS1-2;
1-LS3-1; K-2-ETS1-2

Sky Watchers

1-ESS1-1; 1-ESS1-2

2nd Grade


2-PS1-1; 2-PS1-2;
2-PS1-3; 2-PS1-4;
K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2

Ecosystem Diversity

2-LS2-1; 2-LS2-2;
2-LS4-1; K-2-ETS1-2;

Earth Materials

2-PS1-1; 2-ESS1-1;
2-ESS2-1; 2-ESS2-2;
2-ESS2-3; K-2-ETS1-1;

3rd Grade

Forces and Interactions

3-PS2-1; 3-PS2-2;
3-PS2-3; 3-PS2-4;
3-5-ETS1-1; 3-5 ETS1-2

Life in Ecosystems

3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1;
3-LS3-1; 3-LS3-2;
3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-2;
3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4;

Weather and Climate Patterns

3-ESS2-1; 3-ESS2-2;
3-ESS3-1; 3-5-ETS1-2

4th Grade

Energy Works!

4-PS3-1; 4-PS3-2;
4-PS3-3; 4-PS3-4;
4-PS4-1; 4-PS4-3;
4-ESS3-1; 3-5 ETS1-2;

Plant and Animal Structures

4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2;
4-PS4-2; 3-5-ETS1-2

Changing Earth

4-ESS1-1; 4-ESS2-1;
4-ESS2-2; 4-ESS3-2;

5th Grade

Structure and Properties of Matter

5-PS1-1; 5-PS1-2;
5-PS1-3; 5-PS1-4;

Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

5-PS3-1; 5-LS1-1;
5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1;
5-ESS3-1; 3-5-ETS1-3

Earth and Space Systems

5-PS2-1; 5-ESS1-1;
5-ESS1-2; 5-ESS2-1;
5-ESS2-2; 5-ESS3-1;

Building Blocks of Science® Testimonials

"The lessons from the Push, Pull, Go Unit were very engaging for all students. My students were much more creative than I imagined. After building the slide, they built the swing within a couple of minutes. It was amazing how quickly they learned the basics. The lessons helped develop vocabulary which they used in their writing. I was surprised at the engineering solutions the students found. They were very creative in changing the slide to make the ball go faster. I shared the kit with other teachers and they had equal success. I sent the Family Project home over the holidays and was surprised at how many forms came back completed. As a teacher, I loved the rigorous questions."

Samantha Baxter, Kindergarten Teacher
Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, Texas

"I feel my students have a better understanding of force and motion than in the past. They not only learned a lot, they had fun during the lessons from the Push, Pull, Go Unit and looked forward to doing them each day. I would definitely recommend this program to other kindergarten teachers. I feel it is a kit that is very well put together and allows the students to explore force and motion in a meaningful way. The engineering connections are age appropriate and allow the students to further investigate what they learn each day. I am excited to use more kits from Carolina."

Megan Petit, Dual Language Teacher
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Texas

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