Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:16 AM

What is the best NGSS aligned textbook for Biology and Physical Science?

Candice Lekas
Candice Lekas
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Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:22 PM

I can't answer comprehensively, as there are so many types of "textbooks" and curricula out there. I was looking at publishers whose curricula are (or will be) Google Classroom connectable. I don't know if that is an issue for you. I found the following when visiting booths and NSTA LA last week:

Houghton Mifflin has two biology books, I think with 2017 copyright. One is a traditional HS biology with tons of information and probably connections to the three dimensions. The other is a smaller text and inquiry based, with the lessons using a 5 E inquiry model. I'm guessing that it likewise would have NGSS connections.

Pearson has a biology book in production which should be "classroom ready" for fall, 2018 with a 2019 copyright. It is an update to the Miller/Levine standard. And the claim is that it will align.

I didn't not spend much time at other booths, since I was looking specifically for classroom integration.

Be aware that there is "NGSS alignment" by inserting some performance expectations and NGSS links into a traditional text and then there is deeper alignment where the 3-D nature of NGSS (3-D curriculum, 3-D instruction, and 3-D assessment) is attempted. That is a tall order. Would love to hear what else you find or what you decide.

David Vernot
David Vernot
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