Instructional Materials

BSCS instructional materials span from grades K–college comprehensive curriculum to supplemental modules. We develop materials using a proven process that has been refined continually since 1958. Our comprehensive development process makes use of the most recent research in learning and teaching. We work with top scientists, science educators, and teachers around the country to ensure that our materials are accurate, pedagogically sound, user friendly, and effective in the classroom.

BSCS materials stress inquiry-based learning—encouraging students to view science as an ongoing relevant process. Students come to understand and appreciate the tentative nature of science and the continuing importance to, and impact on, their lives. Additionally, many of our programs use the BSCS 5E Instructional Model. Each E represents part of the process of helping students sequence their learning experiences to construct their understanding of concepts.

Modules developed by BSCS with funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Energy (DOE) allow us to provide supplemental materials that bring cutting-edge science into the classroom. The modules combine science with state-of-the-art instructional practices. Modules are developed using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, are consistent with National Science Education Standards, promote critical thinking, incorporate real scientific data to engage and challenge students, and are aligned to state educational standards. Each module includes full sets of teacher and student materials in addition to web components. NIH modules are available in HTML and PDF versions online. Print versions are free to U.S. educators upon request.

Can’t find something you’re looking for? Contact us!

Click here for reports of effectiveness on these materials.

Carbon Connections is an inquiry-based, three-unit, online curriculum designed to improve students' understanding of the carbon cycle and...

Building upon the success of BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach high school program,...

BSCS ViSTA modules are online, videocase-based materials designed to support teacher learning in preservice teacher education courses or in-service...

Bioinformatics and the Human Genome Project provides teachers with background information about development and applications of bioinformatics....

Biological Perspectives emphasizes the big picture of biology by highlighting concepts, using relevant examples and familiar analogies that truly...

The functions of RNA were once thought to be confined to protein synthesis. Research, however, continues to enrich our understanding of this important class...

BSCS Biology: A Human Approach has been revised for the fourth edition to incorporate more sense-making and metacognition strategies, improve...

Using a student-centered, active-learning approach, BSCS Biology: An Ecological Approach offers students a rich array of hands-on activities and...

BSCS Science & Technology is a multi-level, thematic program that integrates life science, Earth and space science, and physical science in...

BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science and Literacy is a comprehensive, modular, kit-based elementary school science program that includes a...