This curriculum has five main components: Student Book, Instructor’s Guide, Reference Guides, Study Cards and Lab Materials.
The Student Book has 11 chapters. These chapters cover the four following themes: Ecology, Evolution, Cell Biology, and Human Body Systems. Each chapter follows a consistent format: Chapter Title Page, Big Ideas, a Major Illustration, Vocabulary Words, an Overview, Important Topics, In Focus, a hands-on Lab lesson, and lastly a Quiz/Review. The Student Book covers essential biological concepts but presents them with extensive illustrations and simplified text that can be read aloud to nonreaders. Vocabulary and Big Ideas are emphasized throughout the chapters to help students learn the concepts. Each chapter has a lab and a 15–20 second animation. These further emphasize topics from the chapter while appealing to different learning styles.
The Instructor’s Guide presents a sequence of 79 lessons. The 45-minute lessons integrate use of the Student Book, Reference Guides, Animations, and more. Three Student Book pages are typically covered per lesson. Suggestions for emphasizing the concepts are provided in each lesson. The Appendix features two versions of three Term Tests, each assessing a certain group of chapters. A PDF disc with student materials, assessments, an Image Library, and more is also provided.
There are four laminated Reference Guides also included. These provide a large format for students to study concepts. They also provide additional information to function as a lesson extension. Study Cards with each vocabulary word and Big Idea are also provided.
Concepts are taught in a hands-on way with the Lab Materials. These include card games, microscope slides, an Animal Cell Model, and much more.
Explore Life Science Chapters
- Exploring Life Science
- Living Things
- Looking at Cells
- Inside a Cell
- Musculoskeletal System
- Respiratory System
- Circulatory System
- Digestive System
- Nervous System
Introductory Kit includes: Student Book, Instructor's Guide, 1 set of Reference Guides, 1 set of Study Cards and 1 set of lab materials
Classroom Kit includes: 8 Student Books, 2 sets of Reference Guides, plus all other items in the Introductory Kit.
Student book written by Alex Bastian, Shannon Booth, and Don Bastian: 215 pages, Instructor’s Guide written by Alex Bastian: 196 pages, Spiralbound texts, ©2017. Includes CD with PDFs for printouts.