Integrated Science

An “integrated science” course serves the purpose of a “general science” course covering both the physical and life sciences. These courses are “integrated” in that the fields of science are not compartmentalized. For example, in describing the physics of light, we show how this applies to the inner workings of our eyes, which, in turn, are sensitive to visible light in great part because of the chemical composition of our atmosphere. Our high school and jr. high integrated science course templates each cover the same material. The high school level template, described below, is more intensive with longer lessons as well as more rigorous unit exams. Listed on a separate page we also have our integrated science “explorations”  template appropriate for the junior high school level (Grades 7 – 9).


Conceptual Integrated Science, Full Version (Grades 10+)

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Accompanying Printed Textbook: Conceptual Integrated Science, 2e (CIS2e)

Review a .pdf of the front matter of this textbook, including its table of contents. Also, here are a few sample textbook pages from one of our biology chapters: CISSample

About This Course

This upper level course template collates all 29 chapters of the Conceptual Integrated Science textbook into 5 units and a total of 29 lessons (one lesson per chapter). This is ample material for two semesters of study if not two years at a more relaxed pace. This course template, adapted from a college level curriculum, provides a strong and enjoyable introduction to integrated science for the mature high school student.  As with all our templates, performance on our automated quizzes is tracked through a student grade book. Video tutorials and reading assignments are complemented by study advice from the authors, worksheets, interactive simulations, homework assignments, automated quizzes, and unit exams. Included are numerous lab activities that can be performed using materials available within your household or a local discount store. This course serves well as a precursor to our Conceptual Physics or Conceptual Chemistry courses, which provide greater depth on a broader range of topics.

 

This full version course is just that: the full version, which means comprehensive. You’ll find each lesson packed with activities, both minds-on and hands-on. In fact, we’re a bit worried we packed each lesson with too many activities, which is to say, you may find yourself in a position of having to pick and choose from these activities just to to keep one lesson within a 2 week time frame. This is just the nature of this course, which aims to cover so much. . .physics, chemistry, biology, Earth science, astronomy. In this sense, this course makes for a nice introduction to each of these fields. Greater depth can then be accomplished in a subsequent year by taking one of our more specific courses now available in physics and chemistry.

 

5 Units; 29 Lessons

Unit A: Physics
Unit B: Chemistry
Unit C: Biology
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy

About Laboratories

This Conceptual Integrated Science—Full Version course is packed with ample laboratory activities, which are posted right within the weekly lessons.  The materials for these activities, such as white glue, coins, and popsicle sticks, are readily available within a household or a discount store. This is important as it allows you to assign labs for various “homework” assignments. These lab activities are collated from a the following sources:

1) You’ll find the “Think and Do” activities described within the textbook end-of-chapter material. These activities tend to be short and sweet, as well as numerous.

2) We offer “PhET Labs” that make use of computer simulations created through the PhET program sponsored by the University of Colorado. The PhET simulations themselves are embedded within a lesson’s From Your Instructor (FYI) page. For many of these simulations you’ll also find within the Doc Share a write-up worksheet that guides the student through a simulation-based activity.

3) We offer the Conceptual Physics and Conceptual Chemistry Beyond the Laboratory Manuals created by professors Stephanie Blake of Ozarks Technical College, MO, and Brandon Burnett of Weber State University, UT. These creative manuals features many engaging and mind-opening hands-on experiments utilizing only readily available materials. For each activity, after following through a prescribed set of instructions (guided learning), the student is then pushed to create their own experimental procedure on a related subject (inquiry learning). The innovative yet safe activities of these manuals use only materials you’ll find within the home or a local discount store. With these manuals you can implement what we call the “flipped lab” where students conduct labs at home, which allows for critical follow-through to occur within class. You’ll find these manuals as free downloads on our labs page.

4) Our official Conceptual Integrated Science Lab Manual contains about 100 activities. In conjunction with the above mentioned activities, we have narrowed this down to 29 labs, which we have cut and pasted into documents made available to you through the FYI page of each lesson. Like the other lab activities listed above, these too require materials that should be readily available. For example, to measure a star’s ascension, you need only a straw, protractor, pencil, and a weighted string.

 


 

Sample Biology Video: Biochemistry

 

“Most of the scientific questions you’re curious about, or need to know, involve not just one discipline, but several of them in an overlapping way. What is the nature of the universe? That’s astronomy + physics. How are our bodies altered by the foods we eat? That’s chemistry + biology. What of our climate? That’s all of the above: physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth science!”