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Please note: The current texts that are posted are "version 1.0".  We have started the revision process and expect to have "version 2.0" with updates that address revisions suggested by the community by May 1, 2014. 

 

If it is possible for you to delay purchasing or printing these materials for the 2014/2015 school year until the release of the updated version on May 1, 2014, I would highly recommend waiting.

 

Science Texts for Grades 7-12

7th Grade Integrated Science

8th Grade Integrated Science

Biology

Biology ePub Version

Chemistry

Earth Science

Physics

Purchase Hard Copies

To purchase hard copies of these texts, please visit the links below.

7th Grade Integrated Science

8th Grade Integrated Science

Biology

Chemistry

Earth Science

Physics 

Note

  1. These texts will have a color cover, but black and white pages.  This keeps the costs low.
  2. Districts, schools, etc. are welcome to print the books through their own printing services.  We have provided the links above to support easy ordering, but you are more than welcome to print these resources on your own based on your access and cost.

Project Description

The science education community in partnership with BYU's David Wiley and funding from the Hewlett Foundation grant has embarked on a statewide scaling for open education resource development for secondary science. Building upon previous collaborations with educators in Nebo School district reaching back to 2009, this year the project reached out to engage educators from across the state on teams to build state textbooks for secondary science courses including 7th grade integrated science, 8th grade integrated science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Eighteen districts and 4 charter schools had teacher representation in the writing groups that pulled together the textbook from open education resources such as CK12.org. The final textbooks are available in a digital PDF format for free.

The project will continue next year with implementing teachers keeping notes to use in revising the materials for the following year. This will be a continual process that provides a sustainable and cost effective solution to supporting student reference materials that are adaptable to changes in the Utah Core and science content knowledge.

Feedback

As we continue to refine and improve these documents, we welcome feedback on specific elements.  Please use the survey below to share specific comments in regards to the text to be considered by the annual review committee.

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