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Looking for input in Science Curriculum. To meet 21st century needs, we need to enhance our current curriculum by doing away with the "big book". We are looking to using 'Kits" and smaller unit texts (like Pearson's Interactive Science or Holt's Science Fusion) to cover the various topics. We want to address the topics first and then find the best resources/supplies to help us do this. We don't want to be locked into one text. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Any one using SEPUP?

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I'm glad to hear you're still planning on using texts - reading is still important in science, as long as it is used to confirm and extend findings from actual experiences. It sounds like you are going about this the right way in terms of selecting content first. You might consider non-textbook sources as well - published children's literature or texts from other sources. National Geographic had some great kits and resources that I used with 6th graders about 5 years ago. They were pricey, but well put together in my opinion.

 

Good luck and keep us posted on what you find!

Greetings. We use SEPUP at our school for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Activity-based curriculum, and I supplement text with Science For All Americans. It is issues-based, so kids rarely ask why they need to learn whatever it is we are covering. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Thank you for all the help! I am looking at the SEPUP modules as another teacher also recommended them. I like the kit approach since it forces so much hands-on activities, but am concerned that there is not much reading resources. So I am trying to find the best of both worlds. One series that seems of interest right now is the Interactive Science from Pearson. Students write in the book and according to their research this improves comprehension and thus test scores. Not faimilar with Science for all, but will look into it! Thanks!!!

Here is the link to SFAA, all text but a great resource:

 

http://www.project2061.org/publications/sfaa/online/sfaatoc.htm

We use the Pearson interactive and have for the past 3 years.  We love it!  Great technology usage, good canned labs, and overall great text.  Way better than McGraw Hill!!

Can I ask..how many "texts" do you typically cover in a year. Last year was our first year and we only got through Cells and Heredity and Diversity of Life (2 chapters). We did our own unit for ecology and then several dissections. Not sure why it took so long???

I use the text in its entirety during the school year.  The pearson text we have is based on the Indiana Standards and we are required by the state to test the students four times a year using Acuity by McGraw Hill.  Time wise it goes almost perfectly with the test each quarter year test.  We have 15 Chapters and I can usually cover a chapter in 10 to 14 days usually depending on length.  I usually have to skim through a couple chapters and only teach what is tested on Acuity and our end of the year assessment test which we use to show effectiveness in our evaluations.  Which our evaluations are now tied to our pay. 

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