INTERLEAVING: Because Learning Loves Layers

The EduChange program’s meticulously scaffolded design seamlessly integrates reading, math and lab skills. Before it was up to the teachers to try to be aware of all these needs and to try to integrate them more or less on the fly. EduChange takes the pressure off of my planning and I feel confident the students are being exposed to the proper skills in a meaningful manner.

Trish Beck
Science Teacher Leader, Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

We reorganized content in an integrated fashion to deepen conceptual understanding. For added depth, those permutations then interplay with our laboratory, disciplinary literacy, applied math, instructional & assessment systems to ensure students are building fortified knowledge networks.

Click a subject area below and then click on any corresponding textbook chapter. You will see a pop-up showing how Integrated Science iteratively revisits concepts that most courses only address once. Our designs interleave concepts in new combinations and contexts, preventing student boredom that stems from two forms of repetition: rote memorization and rote re-teaching.

The following textbook alignment is based on Pearson Conceptual Physics, by Paul Hewitt (2009).

The 3-year program progression of Integrated Science offers rich connections to conceptual physics that the 2-year programs do not have as much time to conquer. It covers more than one full semester of a traditional Conceptual Physics course. By “conceptual physics” we mean the early high school/late middle school exploration of basic physics concepts that do not require Algebra II or Trigonometry. This Conceptual Physics text is often used as a Physical Science or “Physics First” text.

NOTE: There is significant overlap with the Chemistry Textbook Alignment. We note that in the table below and direct you to that alignment.

To give a clear picture of the types of physics activities students conduct, only those Hewitt chapters associated with Level I & Level II Lab Experiences are listed. This is not a one-to-one correlation. We have grouped the experiences by unit, and each experience incorporates the relevant concepts and principles of the unit chapters listed. Through design challenges, online interactives, calculations, and real-world case studies, we are pleased to round out our integrated STEM experience with these activities.

Conceptual Physics UnitChapters Aligned to Integrated ScienceCorresponding Level I ModulesCorresponding Level II Modules
Unit 1: MechanicsChapter 1: About ScienceGenetic Unity & Diversity I: Flight Adaptations: Birds & PlanesEnvironmental Dynamics II: Satellite Pollution
Chapter 2: Mechanical EquilibriumFood, Nutrition & Fitness I: The Jaw as Third-Class LeverFood, Nutrition & Fitness II: Weight Lifting
Chapter 3: Newton’s First Law of Motion—InertiaHealth, Drugs & Disease I: Reducing Teen Mortality Rates: Safe Vehicle Designs & Healthy Driving BehaviorsThe Quest for Energy II: Building a Bike-friendly City
Chapter 4: Linear MotionChapter 9 Energy Concepts are well-covered in Integrated Science: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics (the same concepts are included in traditional Chemistry I textbooks!)Health, Drugs & Disease II: Prosthetic Design Challenge
Chapter 6: Newton’s Second Law of Motion—Force and Acceleration 
Chapter 7: Newton’s Third Law of Motion—Action and Reaction
Chapter 8: Momentum
Chapter 9: Energy
Chapters 11 & 12: Rotational Equilibrium

Chapter 13: Universal Gravity
Chapter 14: Satellite Motion
Unit 2: Properties of MatterChapter 17: The Atomic Nature of MatterProperties of Matter Concepts are well-covered in Integrated Science: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics (the same concepts are included in traditional Chemistry I textbooks!)Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics
Chapter 18: Solids

Environmental Dynamics I: All Case Studies

Genetic Unity & Diversity: DNA–Molecular Blueprint for Life

The Quest for Energy I: A Water Molecule’s Quest for Energy–and Life

The Quest for Energy I: An Atom’s Quest for Energy

Environmental Dynamics II: AIR All Around

Environmental Dynamics II: SOIL That Sustains Us

Environmental Dynamics II: OCEAN, Giver of All Life

Chapter 19: Liquids
Chapter 20: Gases
Unit 3: HeatChapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and ExpansionThermodynamics Concepts are Concepts are well-covered in Integrated Science: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics (the same concepts are included in traditional Chemistry I textbooks!)Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics
Chapter 22: Heat Transfer

Food, Nutrition & Fitness I: Food as Fuel

The Quest for Energy I: Society’s Fuels–Exploring Past and Future Quests

The Quest for Energy I: A Water Molecule’s Quest for Energy–and Life

Environmental Dynamics II: AIR All Around

Environmental Dynamics II: SOIL That Sustains Us

Environmental Dynamics II: OCEAN, Giver of All Life

Chapter 23: Change of Phase
Chapter 24: Thermodynamics
Unit 4: Sound and LightChapter 25: Vibrations and WavesGenetic Unity & Diversity I: Lenses & Ray Diagrams with the Compound Light Microscope; reflection, refraction, magnificationEnvironmental Dynamics II: OCEAN, Giver of All Life 
Chapter 27: LightFood, Nutrition & Fitness I: Wave Properties & Relationships; DIY Wave Machine, Sound & Light Waves, Peristaltic Waves, Endoscopy and Fiber OpticsEnvironmental Dynamics II: Satellite Pollution
Chapter 28: ColorThe Quest for Energy I: Photosynthetic Pigments & Chromatography; EM spectrum; Spectroscopy; Prisms, Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Cooker Design Challenge; emission spectra, application to stars studies (astronomy)

Chapter 30: Lenses

Chapter 31: Sound

Chapter 32: Diffraction & Interference

  
Unit 5: Sound and Light

Chapter 33: Electric Fields and Potential

Chapter 34: Electric Current

Chapter 35: Electric Circuits

Chapter 36: Magnetism

Chapter 37: Electromagnetic Induction

The Quest for Energy I: A Cell’s Quest for Energy

The Quest for Energy I: An Atom’s Quest for Energy

Environmental Dynamics II: Satellite Pollution

Genetic Unity & Diversity II: Biotechnology Applications

Food, Nutrition & Fitness II: Water & Wellness–The Body’s Electrochemical Circuits

Food, Nutrition & Fitness II: Bones, Blood & Muscles–Strength and Flexibility

Chapter 38: The Atom and the Quantum

Chapter 39: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

Chapter 40: Nuclear Fission and Fusion

   
Unit 6: Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Environmental Dynamics I: Fukushima 3/11 and Beyond

The Quest for Energy I: An Atom’s Quest for Energy

Environmental Dynamics II: Satellite Pollution

The Quest for Energy II: Argumentation: The Case For/Against Continued Use of Nuclear Energy