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.

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The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity introduces students to the key concept of energy balance and provides a...

In The Science of Healthy Behaviors, students use inquiry-based activities to investigate what behavior is and how it can be studied. Students...

In The Science of Mental Illness, students use inquiry-based activities to gain a better understanding of what mental illness is—and what it is...

By focusing on the scientific issues that explain how the body reacts to alcohol, Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior...

In Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology, students learn that technology is a means of solving a problem and as a consequence...

Evolution and Medicine curriculum supplement incorporate research-based pedagogical approaches to support teachers as they help student understand...

In Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry, students explore some of the most challenging and engaging medical issues that confront our society. ...

Technology in Practice: Applications and Innovations is a supplemental curriculum for science teachers of grades 6-9. This activity-driven...