Biology 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.
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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 the new 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.
- New 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.
The Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) provide the structural framework for the book, dividing it into four sections, each prefaced by a concept map. Each chapter provides activities to specifically address the performance expectations arising from the DCIs.
Science and Engineering Practices are supported throughout with activities designed to develop competence in all aspects of the eight practices. A supporting introductory chapter provides students with additional opportunities to establish many of the mathematical and inquiry-based skills that they will employ throughout the book.
Crosscutting concepts are identified throughout, allowing students to make connections between core ideas in different domains of science.
Nature of Science: Students develop an understanding of the nature of science through incorporation of its basic principles into activities. Where appropriate, detail is provided in key boxes so that students can better understand both the concepts and practices of science.
Engineering Design: The Engineering Design component of NGSS has been incorporated as appropriate through activities that engage the student in the solution of real-world problems. This aspect of the standards provides an exciting opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in a creative way, with due consideration to social and environmental considerations