Content Standards and Model Curriculum Guide Documents

Science Instructional Coordinator Michelle McCarthy | 406-444-3537
Return to K-12 Content Standards homepage
Congratulations to the Apollo 50th Anniversary Competition Winners! (links are pictures of Teams through the Montana Learning Center's (MLC) Facebook Page) Videos of Team presentations available through MLC FB page

          HS Team Fusion of Helena will go to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX
          Middle School Girl Scouts Lunar Loonies will travel to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, FL 
          Browning Middle School Moon Dancers will travel to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA


MT Science Standards

Model Curriculum Guides

Comparison Document NGSS vs MT

The Science Resource Repository has available Repository by Topic which compares NGSS with the MT Science standards and makes available formative assessment items for your review/use.

Curriculum Vendor Contact Information:

List of Curriculum in use by states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.



Upcoming Opportunities


  • Now till August 30: Teacher leaders needed! Science Assessment Item Writing, Piloting, Interim writing, Formative Re-writes, and Professional Development: First meeting Sept 19 & 20, 2019.  Pick one or all to be involved with in this interest survey.
  • HS interest in Healthcare? The Reach Program will schedule a training with you contact or 406-243-7946
  • Sept 19 & 20: Teacher Leaders in Science Assessment Workshop Location and timesTBD


OPI Learning Opportunities Portal

Featured Science Hub Courses


Looking for free, online professional learning? Need more renewal units? Take a look at the Teacher Learning Hub for a variety of science courses (and courses in all content areas as well)

Self Paced Science Courses:

Fall Facilitated Courses: 

Science Foundation:

Be prepared for next years’ new science assessments, become an expert on the NGSS and Montana Standards with the Science Foundation Hub Courses.  These courses take you step by step through the depth of the new science standards for a rich and deep understanding of this instructional conceptual change. 

  1. Montana's Science Standards 101
  2. Montana's Science Standards 201: Three-dimensional Learning
  3. Montana's Science Standards 301: Phenomena-based Learning
  4. Montana's Science Standards 401: Project-based Learning


An explanation of science learning through 3D by Helen R. Quinn, from Physics @ Berkeley, Teaching for Learning: What I Have Learned from Learning Research

Congratulations to Curriculum Developer and Teacher Leader Chris Pavlovich!

Chris developed a place-based watershed unit, "Watershed Warriors" that incorporates all standards for 5th grade.  She will be sharing this process with Mongolian teachers when she goes to Mongolia this summer!  Chris has also shared this curriculum with all Montana Teachers on the Teacher Learning Hub in the course she wrote, "Watershed Education 3-5: Place-based Education"  

Picture of the team


Congratulations to NSTA Award Winners!

To:  Maggie Chioko Hammel, teacher of science, Carter County HS, Ekalaka, MT for receiving the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers of Science at the National Science Teaching Association's Annual Awards Gala.

To: Rayelynn Brandl, director of Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, MT Tech, Butte, for receiving the Distinguished Informal Science Education Award