Learning List has reviewed both comprehensive and supplementary instructional resources in math, English language arts, and science. We recently reviewed Adaptive Curriculum’s supplementary science curricula for grades 5-12. Adaptive Curriculum is a modular program that uses interactive, web-based instruction to present concepts in brief, focused lessons that captivate students’ attention. The program’s online resources are flexible and easy to use in a variety of instructional settings, including self-paced programs, flipped classrooms, and tutorials. Short, highly visual lessons also provide strong support for English language learners (ELLs) and Response to Intervention (RtI). With Adaptive Curriculum, students can deepen their Middle School curriculum with interactive, 100% online instruction that answers the question: “Why do I need to know this?”
Adaptive Curriculum presents content in two multimedia formats: (1) Animations are short (1 to 3 minutes) video-lessons that provide direct instruction on specific topics, and (2) Activity Objects are more comprehensive, animated lessons that range from 20 to 45 minutes in length. Activity Objects are linked to standards and present content in animated lessons structured by the 5E Instructional Model (i.e., engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate). Both Activity Objects and Animations may be used for whole group, small group, and individual instruction. Printable resources, including comprehensive teacher guides, complement online instruction. Most student and teacher materials are available in Spanish and English. Online content also includes audio readers and glossaries with audio capabilities in Spanish and English.
Adaptive Curriculum’s Science Texas products provide complete coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) at the Breakout level and are state-adopted in Texas for grades 5-8 with biology, chemistry, integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and physics at the high school level.