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Science Essentials, High School Level. Lessons and Activities for Test Preparation

  • ID: 2211084
  • Book
  • December 2004
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Science Essentials High School Level gives classroom teachers and science specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. Science Essentials are also available from Jossey–Bass publishers at the elementary school and middle school levels.

You′ll find the lessons and activities at each level actively engage students in learning about the natural and technological world in which we live by encouraging them to use their senses and intuitive abilities on the road to discovery. They were developed and tested by professional science teachers who sought to give students enjoyable learning experiences while preparing them for district and statewide proficiency exams.

For easy use, the lesson and activities at the High School Level are printed on a big 81/2" x 11" lay–flat format that folds flat for photocopying of over 107 student activity sheets, and are organized into two sections:

I. BIOLOGY (60 Lessons) Addresses the following topics: Fundamental Life Process, Single and Multicellular Organisms, Phenotypes, DNA/RNA, Genetics, Ecosystems, Internal Environments, Bacteria, and Viruses.

II. CHEMISTRY (47 Lessons) Includes information about: Periodic Table of Elements, Properties of Matter, and Kinetic Molecular Theory.

Each section offers detailed lessons with reproducible activity sheets for teaching basic concepts and skills in one main area of science at this level. Each lesson includes:

  • The Basic Principle underlying the lesson and accompanying student activity
  • The specific science Competency students will demonstrate
  • A list of Materials needed to complete the activity
  • An easy–to–follow, illustrated Procedure for presenting the lesson and accompanying student activity handout
  • Observations & Analysis describing the desired results and answers to the student activity
  • A two–page, illustrated Student Handout with step–by–step directions for carrying out the activity and recording observations and conclusions

The lessons in each section are followed by sample test items focusing on the concepts and skills emphasized in that section. These will help students prepare for the types of questions they will be asked in actual test situations and are followed by answer keys.

All three grade level volumes elementary, middle school, and high school give you stimulating and effective ways to help students master basic science content and prepare to demonstrate their knowledge at the particular level.

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About This Science TestPrep Teaching Resource v


Lessons 1 through 60 4 – 200

Basic Principles, Science Competencies, Reproducibles.

Chemical Reactions in Specialized Cell Organelles.

Cell Reproduction: Mitosis.

Genetic Variation in a Population: Mutation and Sexual Reproduction.

Development of Multicellular Organisms: The Zygote.

Phenotype and Genotype.

Genes and DNA.

Stability in an Ecosystem.

Frequency of Alleles in Gene Pools.

Evolution: The Result of Genetic Changes in Changing Environments.

The Internal Environment of the Human Body: Homeostasis.

Combating Disease.

Biology Practice Test 203


Lessons 61 through 107 218 – 362

Basic Principles, Science Competencies, Reproducibles.

The Periodic Table.

Biochemical, Chemical, and Physical Properties of Matter Result from Ability of Atoms to Form Bonds Based on Electrostatic Forces Between Electrons and Protons and Between Atoms and Molecule.

The Conservation of Atoms in Chemical Reactions, The Principle of Conservation of Matter.

The Kinetic–Molecular Theory.

Acids, Bases, and Salts.


Energy: Exchange and Transformation.

Chemical Reaction Rates.

Chemical Equilibrium.

The Bonding Characteristics of Carbon.

Nuclear Processes: Radioactive Decay, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion.

The Periodic Table of Elements 365

Chemistry Practice Test 367

Appendix 381

Preparing Your Students for Standardized Proficiency Tests 381 – 393

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Mark J. Handwerker, Ph.D. has taught science in the Los Angeles and Temecula Valley Unified School Districts. As a mentor and instructional support teacher, he has also trained scores of new teachers in the "art" of teaching science. Dr. Handwerker is the author/editor of articles in several scientific fields and the coauthor of an earth science textbook currently in use.
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