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Translations of the Unpacked Science Standards

The SD Science Translations documents are:

  • a supplemental resource to help science educators translate the SD Science Standards into classroom practice
  • created by South Dakota science educators with the SD DOE
  • based on the 2015 adopted SD Science Standards
  • a representation of how a group of SD teachers, at a given grade level, might bundle performance expectations into instructional units of study
  • comprised of storylines and examples of phenomena, formative assessment, and three-dimensional performance outcomes provided to aid teachers in designing their own plans for instruction
  • intended to be a “go to” document that an educator might keep bookmarked and use often to support and inform their planning


  • At this time, the SD Department of Education is asking educators to review the Translations designed for the grade levels you teach and offer comments on the usefulness of the Translations. Once you have looked over and used the Translations, add your comments to the SD Science Translations Feedback Survey.