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Science and Global Issues: Biology | NGSS

Science and Global Issues: Biology | NGSS

Third Edition, Revised for the NGSS

Sustaintainability issues effect Earth's biodiversity in many ways throughout the world - including these raccoons! This seemingly innocent photo might make students wonder: How and why was that truck abandoned? Why are the raccoons making it their home? These simple questions could lead to a deeper exploration of sustainability, like: What are the consquences of this phenomenon for the raccoon population, the biodiversity in the this ecosystem, and the people in the area. 

In Science and Global Issues: Biology, students explore issues like these, ranging from the use of natural resources to strategies for imporving human health. Evidence-rich scenarios show the interconnectedness of the biological sciences and their relationship to local, regional, and global sustainability. As you consider key contemporary issues, you will practice decision-making skills vital to your own future and the futures of our local and global communities. 

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Details at a Glance

  • 32-34 Weeks | ~50 minute class periods
  • 70 Activities
  • Accommodates 5 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 160 students
  • Includes Spanish student materials
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP
  • Includes assessment

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Scope & Sequence

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

Sustainability: Changing Human Impact

Sustainability: Changing Human Impact

Unit issue: The ways that humans interact with the environment can cause dramatic changes over time.

Overarching question: How do humans affect the environment over time?

5-9 periods (1-2 weeks)

Ecology: Living on Earth

Ecology: Living on Earth

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?

33-38 periods (7-8 weeks)

Cells: Improving Global Health

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?

31-42 periods (6-8 weeks)

Genetics: Feeding the World

Genetics: Feeding the World

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?

23-34 periods (5-7 weeks)

Evolution: Managing Change

Evolution: Managing Change

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?

27-33 periods (6-7 weeks)

Program Components

Lab-Aids programs combine components to make a system for learning. Learn more about each of the four components below. 

What comes with my unit materials?

The complete equipment package includes all the equipment needed to teach the activities and one license for our online teacher portal.

Equipment for all Curriculum Activities

Includes a mobile storage cart and a complete set of equipment, organized in drawers, for the full year program. Our complete equipment package includes everything needed for every activity - for up to 5 classes of 32 students.

Online Teacher Portal License

Online Teacher Portal access for one teacher for 7 years, which includes: Spanish supports, LABsent videos, slide decks, Teacher Edition, Teacher Resources, Student Book, and supplemental resources.

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What are the options for student access?

Student access is not included in the Complete Equipment Package to keep purchasing options flexible. You have the option of purchasing printed student books, online student access, or both.

Student Book

Additional $99.95 per book

Hardbound, high-quality student books are designed to last the length of an adoption for use year after year. Unlike a traditional texbook, the Student Book does not provide science content through reading and questions alone. Instead students are encouraged to question, investigate, and analyze in each of the heavily field-tested activities. 

Online Student Portal License

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The online student portal is optional but highly recommended. Here students will find access to Remote Learning Activities in case of an absence, support tools like ReadSpeaker with translation, and can have direct communication with the teacher (for schools who want this feature).

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Additional Curriculum Materials

If you need hard copies or additional supplies, we provide a suite of materials designed to supplement and support your complete, custom package.

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    Lab-Aids Science Lab Notebook
    The Science Lab Notebook is blank and can be used with any unit or program. 160 pages, each featuring GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn quickly, and a format that helps organization of labs and notes.
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    Teacher Edition | Print
    A printed Teacher Edition is the perfect complement to the Online Teacher Portal. Full-color pages in a tabbed, three-ring binder make it easy to personalize with highlighting, annotations, rearrangements, and insertions. Includes five binders in total, one per unit.
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    Teacher Resources | Print
    For those who prefer a printed companion to the Online Teacher Portal. The Teacher Resources provides comprehensive support for diverse learners, literacy, and assessment, including student exemplars that address the assessment scoring guides.

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