Components of the program include the student book, teacher's edition, teacher's resource package, implementation guide, and kit of materials.

  • Investigating Diversity and Limits, 5.4

  • Investigating Patterns of Change, 5.5

  • Investigating Systems and Change, 5.6

D.11 Prentice Hall Exploring Life, Earth, and Physical Science series

The Prentice Hall Exploring Life, Earth, and Physical Science series is a program for middle school students. Designed to cover all relevant areas of science, this integrated program consists of 3 textbooks (1 for each major discipline) and incorporates 7 science themes—energy, evolution, patterns of change, scale and structure, systems and interactions, unity and diversity, and stability. Each of the 3 year-long courses contains about 6 units. The units are also available, possibly with some modifications, as individual textbooks in the Prentice Hall Science Integrated Learning System series (see D.12). For each course, teaching materials, ancillary student materials, and some optional components are available.

  • Exploring Earth Science, 4.2

  • Exploring Life Science, 2.6

  • Exploring Physical Science, 1.3

D.12 Prentice Hall Science Integrated Learning System series

The Prentice Hall Science Integrated Learning System series is a program for middle school or junior high school students. Designed to cover all relevant areas of science, this program consists of 19 books, each in a particular topic area, such as sound and light, the planet earth, and cells—building blocks of life. Seven science themes are incorporated into the program; the themes are energy, evolution, patterns of change, scale and structure, systems and interactions, unity and diversity, and stability. For each unit, teaching materials, ancillary student materials, and some optional components are available.

  • Cells: Building Blocks of Life, 2.1

  • Chemistry of Matter, 1.1

  • Ecology: Earth's Living Resources, 2.2

  • Electricity and Magnetism, 1.2

  • Exploring Earth's Weather, 4.3

  • Exploring Planet Earth, 4.4

  • Evolution: Change over Time, 5.1

  • Heat Energy, 1.8

  • Heredity: The Code of Life, 2.9

  • Human Biology and Health, 2.10

  • Matter: Building Block of the Universe, 1.12

  • Motion, Forces, and Energy, 1.14

  • The Nature of Science, 5.13

  • Parade of Life: Animals, 2.14

  • Parade of Life: Monerans, Protists, Fungi, and Plants, 2.15

  • Sound and Light, 1.15

D.13 Prime Science series

The Prime Science series is an interdisciplinary science program for middle and high school students. It consists of 5 textbooks (Levels A, B, and C for grades 6, 7, and 8, respectively, and Levels 1 and 2 for grades 9 and 10). The program uses a "spiral" approach to teaching science content and skills. Concepts from biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, as well as the applications of science, are incorporated throughout the program. Science topics are introduced in personal and social contexts—for example, ideas about speed and motion are presented in the context of travel and road safety. Each course consists of a student textbook, a teacher's guide, and a test bank on a diskette.

  • Prime Science: Level A, 5.14

  • Prime Science: Level B, 5.15

  • Prime Science: Level C, 5.16

D.14 Project STAR

Project STAR is a full-year course that uses astronomy as a vehicle for teaching students about real-world applications of mathematics and physics. The activities were written for high school students but can be adapted for middle school. The course stresses the importance of measurements, observations, and building models. The program includes a student textbook, a teacher's guide, an activity book, and several kits.

  • Project STAR: The Universe in Your Hands, 4.8

D.15 Science and Technology for Children (STC) series

The Science and Technology for Children (STC) series consists of 24 inquiry-centered curriculum units for grades 1-6, with 4 units at each grade level. Students learn about topics in the life, earth, and physical sciences. The technological applications of science and the interactions among science, technology, and society are addressed throughout the program. The STC units, each of which takes about 16 class sessions to complete, encourage participatory learning and the integration of science with mathematics, language arts, social studies, and art. The components of an STC unit are a teacher's guide, a student activity book with simple instructions and illustrations, and a kit of materials.

  • Ecosystems, 2.4

  • Experiments with Plants, 2.5

  • Floating and Sinking, 1.4

  • Food Chemistry, 1.5

  • Magnets and Motors, 1.11

  • Measuring Time, 4.7

  • Microworlds, 2.12

  • The Technology of Paper, 5.27



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