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.
About Our Pre-Built Courses
We offer pre-built courses for all of our titles. A pre-built course works well when using Conceptual Academy much like the video version of a traditional textbook. Your students will have access to all the content listed within this pre-built course (see below). This provides flexibility from one semester to the next. For each semester you might direct students to be responsible for only select lessons or chapter sections.
Once a pre-built course is uploaded to your instructor’s account, you can modify it as you see fit to “make it your own”. This includes updating the FYI pages and setting dates for each lesson so that students know what to study by when. You can also remove select chapter sections you are not wanting students to see.
For a Conceptual Academy course aligned more precisely to a particular class schedule, we recommend you contact us to request a customized course. To learn more about customizing your course, please look to the help documents within your instructor profile page.
Conceptual Integrated Science, Full Textbook (video version)
About This Course
This pre-built course 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 our most comprehensive pre-built course, which may be used as a two semester sequence, or longer at a slower pace. As with all our pre-built courses, 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.
5 Units; 29 Lessons
Unit A: Physics
Unit B: Chemistry
Unit C: Biology
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy
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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!”