Each unit is designed to take 8 to 9 weeks. Depending on the amount of material, and complexity of the topic, individual lessons may take 2 – 4 class periods. Units frequently require student computer use to access software, datasets for assignments, and videos related to content. While each unit focuses on a specific ecosystem in the United States, Amazonia, or the Arctic, students also conduct hands-on or web-based investigations locally.

How to Buy

The curriculum is available in electronic and/or print-on-demand form from Activate Learning. Purchase also includes access to the Teacher Guide, an electronic version of student materials and extensive online resources. You can find it on the publisher’s website.

In addition to disciplinary content, the curriculum strongly emphasizes science practices (for example, constructing evidence-based arguments), and several cross-cutting concepts (for example, systems and system models, stability and change). These three components – disciplinary content, science practices, and cross-cutting concepts – are all core components of the Framework for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Visit Next Generation Science Standards for more information about K-12 science standards.