Life Science Online Textbook

The Life Science online/digital textbook is an introduction to life science and biology written to support the Nitty Gritty Science Life Science Curriculum.

Students can access information online, or a pdf can be printed for each section.  This online textbook is in no way intended to be a complete overview of Life Science or Biology.

The topics covered are grade-appropriate (Grades 6, 7, and 8) and support the Middle School Life Science Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) along with most state standards.  As this is only one resource, it is always recommended that students also learn how to use other resources to fill in the gaps and provide more context for each subject.

Chapter 1: Nature of Science

Chapter 2: Intro to Life Science

Chapter 3: Principles of Ecology

Chapter 4: Population Dynamics

Chapter 5: Cell Structure and Function

Chapter 6: Cell Processes and Energy

Chapter 7: Genetics – The Science of Heredity

Chapter 8: Modern Genetics

Chapter 9: Change Over Time & Classification

Chapter 10: The Microbial World

Chapter 11: Plants

Chapter 12: Animal Diversity – Invertebrates

Chapter 13: Animal Diversity – Vertebrates

Chapter 14: Human Body – Part 1

Chapter 15: Human Body – Part 2