Science

A Seismic Shift in Science Materials

Over the last several years, we have reviewed hundreds of science materials aligned to state standards, Advanced Placement frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Over the last two years, we have observed a significant design shift in science products. Using the 5E model and Project Based Learning (PBL), publishers are designing science instruction to engage students in doing science, rather than learning about science. Where traditional instructional materials might present information and ask students to respond through short-answer or multiple-choice questions, newer materials provide teachers with resources to facilitate inquiry-based science instruction. 

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New Product: Science A to Z

New Product: Science A to Z

Do your elementary teachers need materials to help them integrate science and literacy instruction? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Learning A-Z’s Science A-Z.

Learning A-Z’s Science A-Z is part of a suite of materials intended to support the development of 21st century skills. It is a supplemental program that supports science instruction in grades K through 6. The focus of the program is integrating science and reading instruction through multilevel texts and hands-on learning experiences.

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New Product: Savvas’ Elevate Science for NGSS

New Product: Savvas’ Elevate Science for NGSS

Does your district need instructional materials to support K-8 implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Savvas’ (formerly Pearson) Elevate Science.

Savvas’ (formerly Pearson) Elevate Science is a comprehensive science program for grades K-8. Materials are available in print and online. The program focuses on providing student-centered, three-dimensional learning. Elevate supports the development of critical and analytical thinking while developing literacy skills and an interest in STEM related activities.

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New Products: High School Science Dimensions for NGSS

New Products: High School Science Dimensions for NGSS

Is your district looking for high school science materials to support implementation of the NGSS? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions for Biology, Earth and Space Science, and Chemistry.

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New Product: Edgenuity Earth and Space Science

New Product: Edgenuity Earth and Space Science

Is your district looking for a self-paced program to support students enrolled in Earth and Space Science? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Edgenuity’s Earth and Space Science.

Edgenuity’s Earth and Space Science is a comprehensive, online course that supports instruction in blended learning and self-paced environments. Video-based lessons focus on developing students’ understanding of science concepts and their real-world applications. Instruction includes virtual and classroom-based lab activities.

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Trends in Materials Designed for NGSS

Trends in Materials Designed for NGSS

As of January 2020, twenty states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are based on the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. An additional twenty-four states have adopted their own standards that are based on the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. Consequently, the standards are impacting science education for approximately 71% of United States students.

As teachers across the country have realized, NGSS changes the expectation for what science instruction looks like. NGSS moves students beyond just knowing science and demonstrating their knowledge through completing scripted science experiments and demonstrations to doing science and solving problems like scientists and engineers. This means the materials for science instruction have to change, too.

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