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The Nitty Gritty 5E Approach to Life Science

Nitty Gritty’s Life Science is a 6-8 grade curriculum baesd on the 5e Model. It focuses on hands-on investigations, phenomena-based learning, and interactive activities allowing students to use science inquiry skills.

Nitty Gritty’s Life Science is a 6-8 grade curriculum baesd on the 5e Model. It focuses on hands-on investigations, phenomena-based learning, and interactive activities allowing students to use science inquiry skills.Nitty Gritty’s Life Science is a 6-8 grade curriculum baesd on the 5e Model. It focuses on hands-on investigations, phenomena-based learning, and interactive activities allowing students to use science inquiry skills.

Engage

ENGAGE

  • Demos
  • Phenomena Videos

Explain

EXPLAIN

  • Notes
  • Powerpoints
  • Instructional Videos

Explore

Explore

  • Guided Inquiry Labs
  • Science Interactive Notebooks

Elaboration

Elaboration

  • Science Stations
  • Study Guides
  • Task Cards

Evaluation

Evaluation

  • Mini-Quiz
  • Chapter Tests

NGS CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE

Allowing science teachers to do what they do best – TEACH – by creating engaging and STEAM-based curriculum to meet the multiple learning styles of all students.

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Curriculum Features

Interactive Notebook

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Science Interactive Notebooks are a great tool to use in the science classroom at any level.  Not only do interactive notebooks help with students’ organization, but they are also a creative way to engage students to process information and demonstrate critical thinking.  

Digital Interactive Notebook

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The Digital Life Science Interactive Notebook mirrors the Nitty Gritty Science traditional science interactive notebooks with varied activities to meet the multiple learning styles of all your students.  This resource is designed so students can work independently, having built-in instructional videos (closed-captioning available), resources for exploring further, and clear directions.

Editable Resources

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Editable resources include PowerPoints and guided notes that provide definitions, explanations, and information through mini-lecture, text, internet, and other resources and encourages students to explain concepts and definitions in their own words.  All chapter tests are editable and come with an answer key.

Demos, Labs and Science Stations

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Teacher demos hook students and start them wondering about the concept.  Students work through labs and science stations as real scientists as they investigate problems, events, or situations. As a result of their mental and physical involvement in these activities, students question events, observe patterns, identify and test variables, and communicate results.

Study Guide

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The Study Guides are essential to highlighting important information and improving comprehension. They include a variety of review strategies and meet the needs of your learners for independent study and indirect instruction.  Students can use them to strengthen their content mastery by using as a chapter review or one-on-one/group support.

Task Cards

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Task cards are a great tool for concept review that can be used in a variety of ways – pairs, small groups, team games, tutoring…the possibilities are endless! The reason they are so effective is there is only ONE task per card, allowing students to focus on that single task until they have successfully completed it.

Phenomena Middle School

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The Phenomena resource is a collection of videos and images designed to give teachers quick and easy access to an observable event, or phenomena. Phenomena adds relevance to the science classroom showing students science in their own world. 

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Topics Covered in the Life Science Curriculum:

Unit 1: Nature of Science

Unit 2: Intro to Life Science – Lab Safety and Science Inquiry Skills

Unit 3: Principles of Ecology

Unit 4: Population Dynamics

Unit 5: Cell Structure and Function

Unit 6: Photosynthesis, Cell Processes and Energy

Unit 7: Mendel and Heredity

Unit 8: Modern Genetics

Unit 9: Changes Over Time and Classification

Unit 10: The Microbial World

Unit 11: Plants

Unit 12: Animal Diversity: Invertebrates

Unit 13: Animal Diversity: Vertebrates

Unit 14: Human Body – Part I

Unit 15: Human Body – Part II

“This seller’s interactive notebooks are the BEST! Outstanding product that presented complex concepts in an extremely understandable format for my 11 year old! So much fun and the activities really help my daughter retain the information.”

Nicole K. (Homeschool) 
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“I was a new teacher that got hired about 10 days before the school year started! If it wasn’t for this packet, I don’t know how many hours I would have spent at school trying to put stuff together. I would recommend every teacher, no matter how many resources you have to take a look. Well worth every penny!!!! My superintendent loved what I was doing in class and asked me to present to other teachers. I made sure to show the packet that I bought from here. Thank you so much!”

Buyer 
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“This is a truly comprehensive and impressive resource. Thank you for your time and the energy you put into creating something so huge! Wow!”

Meraki 
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