How can understanding the science behind today's issues prepare our students for the decisions and solutions of tomorrow? Each unit in Issues and Science is framed with an overall focus to guide the learning and instruction. How should we prevent the spread of an infectious disease? How is a growing population affecting the availability of natural resources?
These issues and their connected phenomena drive the storyline of each unit for students to investigate, discuss, analyze, and design solutions in Issues in Science, designed for NGSS middle school science.
What does a unit look like?
In a typical school year, students are spending over 170 instructional days doing something hands-on. Labs and investigations related to problem-solving and phenomena, and woven tightly into the unit's overall issue, make up over two-thirds of the school year. This video is a great way to quickly see how our NGSS units are structured.