Biology for NGSS
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Product DescriptionBiology for NGSS has been specifically written to meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for High School Life Sciences (HS-LS). It is a hybrid resource that’s part textbook, part study guide and part activity book all rolled into one. We use an infographic style of presenting information, with annotated diagrammatic explanations. Our program and pedagogical approach requires learners to apply what they’ve learned in a previous activity to a new situation, not merely recall data. It’s an enquiry-based approach. Biology for NGSS encompasses all dimensions of the standards ( Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas), addressing the program content through a wide range of engaging student-focused activities. Through completion of the activities, students build a sound understanding of science and engineering practices, recognize and understand the concepts that link all domains of science, and build the knowledge base required to integrate the three dimensions of the standards to meet the program’s performance expectations. Download our free classroom guide which assists in the best use of Biology for NGSS and its features.
What’s New In This Edition?We have received excellent customer feedback from the REVERE Award-winning 1st Edition. This has enabled us to polish and refine this resource for this edition. The second edition has been revised to improve its usability through better communication of the three dimensions of NGSS.
- Tabs identifying specific Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts allow these to be more easily identified within and between topics. This systems allows students to easily make important conceptual connections throughout the program.
- Crosscutting Concepts are now addressed alongside Science and Engineering Practices and DCIs in each chapter introduction, mapping the integration of these to specific activities.
- Updated activities have been included throughout, providing a wider range of tasks and experiences and greater opportunity for students to engage in science practices and for assessment.
- Two new chapters: Natural Selection and Adaptation, and Biodiversity and Humans are part of this revision of content.
Product FeaturesSpecifically designed to address the content and aims of the Next Generation Science Standards for HS-LS.
Specifically DesignedActivities are specifically designed to address the content and aims of the Next Generation Science Standards for HS-LS, and to connect Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science to DCIs sharing the same performance expectations. Students are encouraged to apply their understanding to developing creative, feasible, and ethically responsible solutions to real world problems.
Disciplinary Core IdeasThe HS-LS DCIs provide a structural framework that is both easy to follow and allows integration of activities addressing the required Science and Engineering Practices.
Crosscutting ConceptsA clear coding system identifies Crosscutting Concepts as they apply throughout, making clear linkages between related concepts in different topic areas and different domains of science.
Science PracticesActivities designed to meet the science practices requirements at high school level are identified at the beginning of each chapter. These are easily identified using the tabs at the bottom of the activity pages.
One-Page SynopsisEach chapter is prefaced by a one-page synopsis of core ideas, science and engineering practices, and key terms, providing a summary of learning outcomes.
Key IdeaEach activity opens with a key idea, which summarizes its primary focus and provides a clear take-home message for the student.
Direct QuestioningA direct questioning style helps students to easily identify what is being asked. A wide range of tasks, including free response, data analysis and presentation, and interpretation and evaluation of evidence, scaffold student learning in a way that simultaneously builds confidence and competence.
End Of Chapter Synoptic ActivitiesEnd of chapter synoptic activities provide a means of self-testing or assessment. They focus on the understanding of content and vocabulary.
Diagrams, Illustrations and PhotographsClear, uncomplicated diagrams, illustrations, and photographs support and reinforce the text.
Concept MapsConcept maps encourage connections between topics and promote recognition of crosscutting concepts.
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