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Science and Global Issues: Biology, Redesigned for the NGSS

Science and Global Issues: Biology, Redesigned for the NGSS

SEPUP Core Curriculum: Full Year of Study

Science and Global Issues: Biology, Redesigned for the NGSS uses an issue-oriented approach to connect biology to students' lives and communities. Activities and investigations, tied to the unit issue and phenomena, require students to consider, apply scientific evidence, and analyze the trade-offs involved in personal and societal decisions. Students explore challenges to human health in a changing world, how genetically engineered crops affect the sustainability of food production, and look at how humans are changing the environment - to name a few. The program avoids taking a position on the issues, but rather provides students with the understanding and skills that will allow them to make their own evidence informed decisions.

Unlike the previous edition, SGI: Biology has been completely redesigned for the NGSS - not just a few added bits here and there, completely taken apart, field-tested, and designed again - redesigned. Our related documents found here are provided to support our claim that this is, indeed, a high school biology program designed for the NGSS


Content in Science and Global Issues: Biology, Redesigned for the NGSS is organized into 5 units, as follows:

Unit Title CORE SCIENCE CONTENT Estimated # Of 40 to 50 Minute Class Periods
A. Science and Global Issues: Biology, Sustainability Unit issue: The ways that humans interact with the environment can cause dramatic changes over time.
Overarching question/Suggested driving question: How do humans affect the environment over time?
8-4 (2-3 weeks)
B. Science and Global Issues: Biology, Ecology Unit issue: People rely on natural resources, including fish, for many reasons, including food, yet many fisheries are no longer sustainable.
Overarching question: How can we use our knowledge about ecology to make informed decisions about managing fisheries to be more sustainable?
29-45 (6-9 weeks)
C. Science and Global Issues: Biology, Cells: Improving Global Health Unit issue: Human health is increasingly subject to emerging global patterns, including extreme heat events, changes in the frequency of disease, and climate effects on the food supply.
Overarching question: What are the challenges to human health in a changing world?
26-40 (6-8 weeks)
D. Science and Global Issues: Biology, Genetics Unit issue: People rely on genetically engineered crop plants to maintain a global food supply, but the use of this technology can impact sustainability.
Overarching question: How do genetically engineered crops affect the sustainability of food production?
29-42 (6-9 weeks)
E. Science and Global Issues: Biology, Evolution Unit issue: Human activity can have evolutionary consequences for both biodiversity and ourselves.
Overarching question: How do human activities affect the evolution of other species, and what are the consequences for both biodiversity and for ourselves?
19-34 (4-7 weeks)

Lab-Aids© provides several useful tools to guide you and your students through the Science & Global Issues: Biology, Redesigned for the NGSS course:

Student Book

Student Book

Science and Global Issues: Biology uses an issue-oriented approach to connect biology to students' lives and communities. Activities and investigations, tied to the unit issue and phenomena, require students to consider, apply scientific evidence, and analyze the trade-offs involved in personal and societal decisions. Students explore challenges to human health in a changing world, how genetically engineered crops affect the sustainability of food production, and look at how humans are changing the environment - to name a few. The program avoids taking a position on the issues, but rather provides students with the understanding and skills that will allow them to make their own evidence informed decisions.

The Lab-Aids© Science Lab-Notebook

The Lab-Aids© Science Lab-Notebook

The use of a science journal or notebook is strongly recommended for all science classes. A journal not only models the way scientists work but it helps to develop and reinforce students’ science learning and literacy skills.

The LAB-AIDS Science Lab Notebook was designed with “Best Practices” in mind. Each of the 160 LABLOG pages, has a 2-column design with GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn in a fraction of the usual time, and plenty of room to record data, notes, and responses to questions. It is also three-hole punched to allow students to store the entire notebook, or individual completed pages, in their binder.

Teacher Edition

Teacher Edition

The SEPUP wraparound teacher’s edition provides detailed information to support teachers in conducting each activity in the student book and explains how scientific concepts are developed within the big picture of the units and the course. The information provided includes practical tips such as equipment set-up and how to conduct the activities, as well as suggestions on how to enhance students’ learning experiences and how to tailor the activities to individual students and classrooms. It also includes valuable background information on scientific content and teaching strategies, lists of objectives, and answers to student analysis questions

Additional support for differentiated instruction, embedded assessments, and literacy strategies, along with other information is found in the Teacher Resources.

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

The Teacher Resources provide comprehensive support for differentiated instruction, literacy, and assessment, including student exemplars that address the assessment scoring guides. Also includes unit overviews, and all transparencies, student sheets and blackline masters.

Complete Equipment Package

The course specific materials packages provide a vast array of unique and signature items designed specifically for the program. Course Essential packages are available which allows you to buy only the unique items designed for the course. You could also purchase materials by unit if you are teaching only section of the program, or you can purchase items individually for those teachers that have well–equipped lab facilities. Our goal is to provide the necessary material without duplicating what you already have in your classroom, thus maximizing your budget.