Real Science Middle School Student Edition


Real Science Pathways to Next Generation Science Standards.

Welcome to Real Science: Pathways to Next Generation Science Standards, a curriculum that provides unique and engaging science learning experiences. Using constructivist learning cycles, students will learn science concepts through authentic, real-world applications.
At the beginning of each unit in this book, you will see a ?big-picture? context for those applications anchored in U.S. Department of Education Career Clusters and Pathways (www.careerclusters.org). Each unit is also aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (www.nextgenscience.org). These units were created by science educators based on visits to businesses in the community during which they explored ways in which science concepts are used in the real world.
The three chapters of Real Science address the breadth of the content recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards for high school courses. The chapter titles of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science are the Domains of the NGSS. There is at least one lesson for each Topic identifi ed by the NGSS. All lessons address at least one of the Performance Expectations and the corresponding Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts.
The Next Generation Science Standards identify a fourth Domain, ?Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science.? This Domain, however, is not addresses separately in ?Real Science.? Nearly every lesson in this book includes some experience with engineering, technology, and/or the applications of science. It was redundant and counterproductive to separate them.
It should be noted that Real Science does not simply use the context provided by the Career Cluster as the basis of a series of vignettes or stories of applications. Instead, this
curriculum teaches the content through its application.
For example, students learn about growth, development, and reproduction of organisms by modeling and analyzing the spread of diseases. This educational process
is made possible through the use of Learning Cycles.


Student Edition


Softback Black & White, Softback Color


California, National

STEAM Program

> Science, > STEM Projects Grades K to 12 – (Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics), > Next Generation Science Standards – Integrated Level 1 (STEAM into NGSS), > Next Generation Science Standards – Integrated Level 2 (STEAM Exploration), > Next Generation Science Standards – Topical (Creative Science Curriculum)


Middle School, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8