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New Mexico Science Instructional Scope 1.0

New Mexico Science Instructional Scope 1.0 2023-03-20T09:05:17-06:00

The STEM Ready! Science Standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade or course. The New Mexico Instructional Scope for Science was created to support educators in deeply understanding the performance expectations for each grade level or course along with other elements or tenets that are part of providing a guaranteed, viable, and equitable instruction to all students.

How to use the Instructional Scope for Science:

  • Support your lesson planning
  • Guide teams to discuss, plan, model, and reflect on your practice.
  • Scaffold your deliberate planning and your focused conversations with your colleagues during professional learning community discussions, supporting your use of high-quality instruction that meets the needs of all learners.
  • Consider how to address learning needs and where targeted scaffolds may be needed to assist students in accessing grade level core instruction.
  • Use side by side with high-quality instructional materials.
  • Incorporate supports that contribute to equitable classroom structures.
  • Design classroom learning environments that minimize barriers and optimize learning for all students.
  • Monitor students’ progress on grade-appropriate assignments.

Science standards have been broken down to give clarity around what the performance expectation means, as well as clarity around the Science Engineering Practices, the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Crosscutting Concepts. Embedded formative assessments tasks/samples are aligned with each performance expectation. These may be used as part of formative assessments or as tasks during instruction.

You are encouraged to read the NM Instructional Scope in its entirety. You will find full grade level documents (K-5) and separate documents for each science domain (middle school and high school) broken down into separate PDFs.

Should you need assistance, please contact the Math and Science Bureau staff.

Instructional Scope reference guides:

To better understand the Instructional Scope documents for Science, please be sure to read through the sections below in order, each of which are present within each Instructional Scope document.


View the Kindergarten Science Instructional Scope

1st Grade

View the 1st Grade Science Instructional Scope

2nd Grade

View the 2nd Grade Science Instructional Scope

3rd Grade

View the 3rd Grade Science Instructional Scope

4th Grade

View the 4th Grade Science Instructional Scope

5th Grade

View the 5th Grade Science Instructional Scope

Middle School Physical Science

Middle School Life Science

Middle School Earth Sciences

Middle School Engineering Design

High School Physical Science

High School Life Science

High School Earth Sciences

High School Engineering Design

High School Science and Society

Page last updated March 20, 2023