New Product Review: Texas A&M University Press Texas Aquatic Science

Texas A&M University Press’s Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science product that supports science instruction in grades 6-8 and high school Aquatic Science and Environmental Science courses. The student text is available in print and online formats; teacher resources are in print format only. Instruction examines water from the molecular level to the level of aquatic ecosystems. Learning List reviewed materials for high school Aquatic Science courses.

Texas Aquatic Science is a joint project involving the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and The Hart Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The course includes an online and print-based student text, and a Teacher Guide that is integral to instruction. The online student text and course-specific videos are available at no cost (http://texasaquaticscience.org/). [Read more…]

Texas Aquatic Science’s core instructional activities are contained in its Teacher Guide, which provides chapter and lesson level resources, including assessments. For each lesson, the Guide provides the essential concept (e.g., “Water is important, is diversely distributed, and useable water is scarce.”), specific learning objective(s), and TEKS addressed by instruction. Lessons plans provide pacing information, the needed materials, vocabulary, and questions to support formative assessment of student learning. Lessons include engaging investigation(s), journaling assignments, research tasks, and collaborative learning experiences. For each activity, teachers have access to detailed descriptions of learning tasks; prompts for discussions, journal entries, and formal writing assignments; and suggestions for related readings and extension activities.

About Texas A&M University Press*

Founded in 1974, Texas A&M University Press is the principal publishing arm of one of this nation’s leading research institutions. The Press’s primary mission is to select, produce, market, and disseminate scholarly publications of outstanding quality and originality and thereby help the University achieve its paramount purposes of teaching, research, public service, and dissemination of the results of scholarly inquiry. In conjunction with the long-term development of its editorial program, the Press draws on and supports the intellectual activities of the University and reflects the standards and stature of scholarship that are fostered by this institution.

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