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Earth & Space Sciences for NGSS

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Suitability HS-ESS
ISBN 978-1-927309-37-7
Edition 2016 (1st)
Number of Pages 272
NIMAS Compliant Yes


Product Description

Chapter Titles

  • Science Practices
  • The Universe and Its Stars
  • Earth and the Solar System
  • The History of Planet Earth
  • Earth Materials and Systems
  • Plate Tectonics
  • The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes
  • Weather, Climate and Biogeology
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Hazards
  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Global Climate Change

Earth and Space Sciences for NGSS has been specifically written to meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for High School Earth and Space Sciences (HS-ESS). It encompasses all three dimensions of the standards (science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas), addressing the program content through a wide range of engaging student-focused activities.

Through completion of these activities, students build a sound understanding of science and engineering practices, recognize and understand the concepts that link all domains of science, and build the knowledge base required to integrate the three dimensions of the standards to meet the program's performance expectations.

The Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) provide the structural framework for the workbook, dividing it into three sections. Each chapter provides activities to specifically address the performance expectations arising from the DCIs.

Science and Engineering Practices are supported throughout with activities to develop skills in analyzing and interpreting data, developing and using models, and constructing explanations from evidence. A supporting introductory chapter provides students with additional opportunities to practice the mathematical and inquiry-based skills required at this level.

Crosscutting concepts are identified throughout, allowing students to make connections between core ideas in different topics.

Nature of Science: Students develop an understanding of the nature of science through incorporation of its basic principles into activities. The teacher's edition provides teacher guidance on this aspect.

Engineering Design: The Engineering Design component of NGSS has been incorporated as appropriate through activities that engage the student in the solution of real world problems. This aspect of the standards provides an exciting opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in a creative way, with due consideration to social and environmental considerations.

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Book Structure

Introduction, Concept maps, cross cutting, activities, review and literacy activities

Product Features and Benefits

  • Specifically Designed

    Specifically designed to address the content and aims of the Next Generation Science Standards for HS-ESS.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    The workbook is structured around the three high school Earth and space sciences DCIs.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Crosscutting concepts are easily identified using the tabs at the bottom of the activity pages.

  • Science Practices

    Activities designed to meet the science practices requirements at high school level are identified at the beginning of each chapter.

  • One-Page Synopsis

    Each chapter is prefaced by a one-page synopsis of core ideas, science and engineering practices, and key terms, providing a summary of learning outcomes.

  • Key Idea

    A key idea at the top of each page summarizes the primary focus of the activity.

  • Direct Questioning

    A direct questioning style helps students to easily identify what is being asked.

  • End Of Chapter Synoptic Activities

    End of chapter synoptic activities provide a means of self-testing or assessment. They focus on the understanding of content and vocabulary.

  • Diagrams, Illustrations and Photographs

    Clear, uncomplicated diagrams, illustrations, and photographs support and reinforce the text.

  • Concept Maps

    Concept maps encourage connections between topics and promote recognition of crosscutting concepts.