New Curriculum Review: Twig Science Next Gen by Imagine Learning

Is your district looking for science materials to support the NGSS? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Imagine Learning’s Twig Science.

Imagine Learning’s Twig Science is a comprehensive science program for grades K-8.  The K-5 material is provided by grade level. The 6-8 material is provided in both integrated and discipline pathways (Earth and Space, Life, and Physical) and is not grade specific. Materials are available in print or digital format.

The goal of the program is to provide interactive learning experiences that engage students in learning about science and natural phenomena. The instruction focuses on connecting real-world phenomena with three-dimensional learning.

Units are based on anchoring phenomena and driving questions. The material supports the intent of the Next Generation Science Standards by consistently providing students with three-dimensional learning experiences, integrating the Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCCs) and Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) with the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) to provide cohesive storylines.

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New Curriculum Review: Kiddom’s OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology 2e

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OpenStax’s Kiddom Anatomy and Physiology (Kiddom Anatomy) is a comprehensive science program for high school Anatomy and Physiology. The material is available in digital format through the Kiddom platform or in print. The material intends to provide relevant instruction in Anatomy and Physiology while supporting students in their future careers. In Kiddom Anatomy, learning is organized in units that include multiple chapters. …

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Savvas Pearson’s Forensic Science

Does your district offer a Forensic Science course? If so, check out our reviews of Pearson’s Forensic Science.

Savvas Pearson’s Forensic Science (Pearson Forensic Science) is a comprehensive science program for high school Forensic Science. The program focuses on helping students understand the science and technology that is relevant to forensic science. The material also connects multiple areas of science to the field of forensic science. The material is available in print and in digital format through Pearson’s MyLab platform.

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Identifying Which Materials the Selection Committee Will Review: 3 Powerful Strategies

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In 5 Tips for Planning an Effective K-12 Curriculum Review and Adoption Process, we discussed the decisions you need to make when planning an instructional materials adoption process. For an adoption to be successful, the selection committee must have sufficient guidance and time to review materials effectively. With so many materials on the market, narrowing the list of materials for …

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New Curriculum Review: Cengage Astronomy

Cengage’s Foundations of Astronomy (Cengage Astronomy) is a comprehensive science program for high school Astronomy. The program focuses on developing students’ understanding of astronomy through the scientific method. Learning List reviewed the version of the material submitted for state adoption in Texas under Proclamation 2024.

Cengage Astronomy organizes the eBook into six parts, each of which focuses on major concepts in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Chapters open with an image that represents the content of the chapter, an overview of the chapter, and questions to guide student thinking as they read the content.

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5 Tips for Planning an Effective K-12 Curriculum Review and Adoption Process

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Over the years, Learning List has assisted hundreds of districts in planning and running K-12 curriculum adoptions. As a result, we have observed many “what to do’s” and “what not to do’s.” One of the critical “to-do’s” is to plan the process. A well-planned, thorough process is far more likely to lead to a successful outcome. Some important decision points …

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New Curriculum Review: Pearson’s Anatomy & Physiology, & Disease by Savvas Learning

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Looking for a science curriculum for Anatomy and Physiology?

Take a look at Savvas’ Pearson’s Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease, a comprehensive curriculum for high school courses. The material comes in print and digital formats. The program focuses on helping students make a lasting connection to the content to help them succeed as healthcare professionals.

Pearson Anatomy organizes content in consistently structured chapters focused on body systems and other content students need, such as biochemistry and cells. Ethical dilemmas, discussion questions, and case studies help students understand the relevance of the content they are learning and see connections to the real world, to healthcare professions, as well as to other sciences. The textbook also includes a variety of appendices to support students in understanding the content.

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New Reviews of 3 High School Science Curricula: Savvas’ Experience Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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Is your district adopting new high school science materials? Savvas’ Experience Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are comprehensive curricula for high school courses. Each focuses on providing immersive experiences to support students in doing science through inquiry, phenomena, labs, and real-world applications. Experience Chemistry provides immersive experiences to support students in doing science through inquiry, phenomena, labs, and real-world applications. The …

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McGraw Hill’s Texas Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

McGraw Hill’s Texas Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (Hole’s Anatomy and Physiology) is a comprehensive science curriculum for high school Anatomy and Physiology. This review is based on the version of the material submitted for state adoption under Texas Proclamation 2024. While some content may specifically address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the format and features of the Texas version is likely the same as the national version. Therefore, the information in our reviews is relevant to districts in other states, too. The materials are available in print and digital format and are accessible to students and teachers from McGraw-Hill’s interactive digital platform. The program uses real-world applications to help students master the core themes of anatomy and physiology.

Hole’s Anatomy and Physiology opens with a preview chapter, which introduces scientific methods and processes, data analysis, and science and engineering practices. This chapter also provides students with suggestions and strategies for studying and learning the material. The material organizes instruction into units and chapters focused on various components of human anatomy and physiology.

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National Geographic/Cengage Learning’s Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations

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National Geographic/Cegage’s Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations (National Geographic Forensic Science) is a comprehensive science curriculum for high school Forensic Science courses. The program introduces students to science and investigations behind the world of careers in forensic science. The materials are available in print and digital format. Digital components are accessible to students and teachers from National Geographic Learning/Cengage’s interactive MindTap platform.

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