Posts Tagged "Science"

New Product Review: Scientific Minds Science Sidekicks

Scientific Minds Science SidekicksLearning List has reviewed Scientific Minds’ Science Sidekicks, which is a supplemental product that supports science instruction in grades 3-5. Content is web-based and includes some printable components.  Instruction focuses on “chunking” standards into small, manageable amounts of content that are easy for students to understand. Lessons are presented using interactive slideshows that include opportunities for teacher-led whole group instruction, small group work, and independent study. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Accelerate Learning STEMscopes

Accelerate Learning's STEMscopesAccelerate Learning’s STEMscopes is a comprehensive product that supports science instruction in grades PK-12. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes kits of hands-on materials for each K-5 grade level and middle school and high school course (e.g., physical science). Instruction provides hands-on investigations, activities that link science to other content areas, and collaborative learning experiences. Learning List recently reviewed resources for K-12. [Read more…]

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Thrive Powered by Time to Know

Thrive Powered by Time to Know

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McGraw Hill’s Thrive™ powered by Time To Know® is a comprehensive, online resource to support English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science instruction in 1:1 computer-based learning environments. Resources support teacher-led, data-driven instruction in classrooms that integrate technology. Learning List recently reviewed Thrive science resources for grades 6-8.

Thrive presents science content at each grade level in units that address concepts in life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Units open with a video or animation followed by discussion questions that introduce content. [Read more…]

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New Review: Cengage Learning’s Chemistry (Zumdahl), AP Edition, 10th Edition

Cengage Learning's Chemistry (Zumdahl)Learning List has reviewed print resources for Cengage Learning’s Chemistry (Zumdahl), AP Edition, 10th Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry courses. Content is available in print and eBook formats with additional online components. Instruction emphasizes modeling, problem solving, and the real-world applications of chemistry.

Chemistry emphasizes problem solving and the use of models to represent chemical events and phenomena. The text’s general approach to problem solving, or “conceptual problem solving,” is framed in terms of the questions “Where are we going?” and “How do we get there?,” the solution, and a “Reality Check” evaluation of the solution’s reasonableness. “Interactive Examples” of problem-solving strategies are integrated throughout the text and provide step-by-step guidance in obtaining solutions and reference similar problems in end-of-chapter exercises. Specific problem-solving strategies (e.g., “Solving a Stoichiometry Problem Involving Masses of Reactants and Products”) are highlighted in textboxes and illustrated in subsequent examples.

Instruction in the use of models begins with a clear explanation of each model and accompanying illustrations followed by the quantitative expression of the model. Students learn to construct and test models and evaluate their failures. End-of-chapter activities include sets of multiple-choice and free-response questions formatted to reflect the AP exam.

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s (BFW) Principles of Life, 2nd Edition, for the AP Course

BFW's Principles of Life, 2e, AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Principles of Life, 2nd Edition, for the AP Course. This is a comprehensive product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction is inquiry-based and addresses the central themes of biology (e.g., evolution, biological systems). The course promotes in-depth understanding of concepts and the application of content to real-world problems.

Principles of Life opens with a preface that introduces students to the big ideas and science practices for AP Biology and the course features that will help students master content and prepare for the AP exam.  The text’s first chapter is titled “Principles of Life” and provides an overview of the scientific method and the study of biology.  Subsequent content is organized in parts that address overarching concepts (e.g., cells, evolution, animal form and function). Each part is made up of chapters that address components of the overarching concept (e.g., cell membranes and signaling, speciation, breathing).

Chapters are organized around “Key Concepts” and each Key Concept is addressed in a chapter section.  For example, a chapter addressing circulation includes sections titled “Circulatory Systems Can Be Open or Closed” and “A Beating Heart Propels the Blood.” Chapters include “Apply the Concept” and “Investigation” exercises.  Apply the Concept presents rea-world scenarios (e.g., “Gene expression and morphogenesis) and ask students to evaluate research data and draw conclusions. Investigations presents a figure that clarifies the process of scientific inquiry in the context of the chapter’s content. Chapters end with concise summaries of each Key Concept.

 

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 BFW believes that what happens in the classroom matters, and that a good class, a good teacher, and good content have the power to change the world—one student and one idea at a time. BFW products have long been best-sellers for AP courses. Now, in response to the needs of teachers across the country, BFW offers materials for Common Core, elective courses, and on-level programs aligned to NGSS.

 

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