Spiraling: Because Once is Never Enough

“The EduChange program’s meticulously scaffolded design seamlessly integrates reading, math and lab skills. Before it was up to the teacher 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 and Integrated Science Teacher, Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil


To see how content learning deepens over time, 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.

Biology I and Integrated Science

The following alignment is based on Holt Biology, Florida Edition (2010) a standard text for high school Biology classrooms.

Unit 1 Principles of Cell Biology

Chapter 1       Biology and You

Chapter 2       Chemistry of Life

Chapter 3       Cell Structure

Chapter 4       Cells and Their Environment

Chapter 5       Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Chapter 6       Chromosomes and Cell Reproduction

Unit 2 Principles of Genetics

Chapter 7       Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction

Chapter 8       Mendel and Heredity

Chapter 9       DNA: The Genetic Material

Chapter 10     How Proteins Are Made

Chapter 11     Gene Technology

Unit 3 Exploring Evolution

Chapter 12     History of Life on Earth

Chapter 13     The Theory of Evolution

Chapter 14     Classification of Organisms

Unit 4 Principles of Ecology

Chapter 15     Populations

Chapter 16     Ecosystems

Chapter 17     Biological Communities

Chapter 18     The Environment

Unit 5 Exploring Diversity

Chapter 19     Introduction to the Kingdoms of Life

Chapter 20     Viruses and Bacteria

Chapter 21     Protists

Chapter 22     Fungi

Unit 6 Exploring Plants: Chapters 23 – 26

Unit 7 Exploring Invertebrates & Unit 8 Exploring Vertebrates: Chapters 27-36

Unit 9 Exploring Human Biology

Chapter 37     Introduction to Body Structure

Chapter 38     Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

Chapter 39     Digestive and Excretory Systems

Chapter 40     The Body’s Defenses

Chapter 41     Nervous System

Chapter 42     Hormones and the Endocrine System

Chapter 43     Reproduction and Development

Conceptual Physics and Integrated Science

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 Unit Chapters Aligned to Integrated Science Corresponding Level I Lab Experiences Corresponding Level II Lab Experiences
Unit 1: Mechanics Chapter 1: About Science Genetic Unity & Diversity I: Glider Design Challenge (Flight) Environmental Dynamics II: Satellite Pollution Case Study
Chapter 2: Mechanical Equilibrium Food, Nutrition & Fitness I: The Jaw as Third-Class Lever Food, Nutrition & Fitness II: Weight Lifting
Chapter 3: Newton’s First Law of Motion—Inertia Health, Drugs & Disease I: Safe Vehicle Design Challenge (Collisions) The Quest for Energy II: The Physics of the Bicycle Machine
Chapter 4: Linear Motion Energy Concepts are Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics 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
Chapter 11: Rotational Equilibrium
Chapter 14: Satellite Motion
Unit 2: Properties of Matter Chapter 17: The Atomic Nature of Matter Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics
Chapter 18: Solids The Quest for Energy I: Climate Change in Three Phases
Chapter 19: Liquids
Chapter 20: Gases
Unit 3: Heat Chapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics
Chapter 22: Heat Transfer
Chapter 23: Change of Phase
Chapter 24: Thermodynamics
Unit 4: Sound and Light Chapter 25: Vibrations and Waves Genetic Unity & Diversity I: Lenses & Ray Diagrams with the Compound Light Microscope
Chapter 27: Light Food, Nutrition & Fitness I: Wave Properties & Relationships; DIY Wave Machine, Peristaltic Waves, Endoscopy and Fiber Optics
Chapter 28: Color The Quest for Energy I: Photosynthetic Pigments & Chromatography; Spectroscopy; Prisms, Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Cooker Design Challenge
Chapter 30: Lenses
Unit 5: Sound and Light Chapter 34: Electric Current Food, Nutrition & Fitness II:  Circuit Building
Chapter 35: Electric Circuits The Quest for Energy II: Building an Electrochemical Cell
Unit 6: Atomic and Nuclear Physics Chapter 38: The Atom and the Quantum Well-covered: please see Chemistry and Integrated Science alignment for specifics The Quest for Energy II: Argumentation: The Case For/Against Continued Use of Nuclear Energy
Chapter 39: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity Environmental Dynamics I: Fukushima Case Study
Chapter 40: Nuclear Fission and Fusion

Environmental Science and Integrated Science

The following alignment is based on Living in the Environment, 15th Edition (2007) a standard text for high school Environmental Science classrooms.

Chapter 1       Environmental Problems, Their Causes and Sustainability

Chapter 2       Science, Systems, Matter and Energy

Chapter 3       Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Chapter 4       Evolution and Biodiversity

Chapter 5       Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity

Chapter 6       Aquatic Biodiversity

Chapter 7       Community Ecology

Chapter 8       Population Ecology

Chapter 9       Applying Population Ecology: The Human Population and Its Impact

Chapter 10     Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach

Chapter 11     Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach

Chapter 12     Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity

Chapter 13     Food, Soil Conservation and Pest Management

Chapter 14     Water

Chapter 15     Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources

Chapter 16     Nonrenewable Energy

Chapter 17     Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Chapter 18     Sustaining Environmental Quality

Chapter 19     Air Pollution

Chapter 20     Climate Change and Ozone Depletion

Chapter 21     Water Pollution

Chapter 22     Solid and Hazardous Waste

Chapter 23     Sustainable Cities

Chapter 24     Economics, Environment and Sustainability

Chapter 25     Politics, Environment and Sustainability

Chapter 26     Environmental Worldviews, Ethics and Sustainability


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