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Great Explorations in Math and Science® (GEMS®) Space Science Sequence
Science

GEMS® Space Science Sequence was found to have potentially positive effects on general science achievement for elementary school students.

Great Explorations in Math and Science® (GEMS®) Space Science Sequence is an instructional curriculum for grades 3–5 that covers fundamental concepts, including planetary sizes and distance, the earth’s shape and movement, gravity, and moon phases and eclipses. Part of the GEMS® core curriculum, GEMS® Space Science Sequence uses the solar system as the focal point for learning. The sequence uses models, hands-on investigations, peer-to-peer discussions, reflection, and informational student readings. Students complete four units, each lasting between four and nine sessions. Each unit builds upon knowledge from previous units and can be used independently or in conjunction with one another for an overall learning progression.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
1
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Science achievement Potentially positive effects 4-5
 
 
7

Last Updated: June 2012

Race

White
62%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

31%

English Learners

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2%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Whole Class

Locations

FL
South


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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