Pearson Miller & Levine Biology:
Three-Dimensional Learning

Three-dimensional learning represents a significant shift in science education. The NGSS Framework brings together science and engineering practices, core disciplinary ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Miller & Levine Biology integrates three-dimensional learning into instruction, activities, and assessment. This gives students a more meaningful understanding of the life sciences, and it allows them to use the same practices as scientists and engineers. It will help them better achieve all NGSS performance expectations.

 

Apply Scientific Practices

Through Miller & Levine Biology students investigate, model and explain the world around them. They develop knowledge and skills through performance tasks in every lesson, as they cultivate scientific habits by conducting investigations, analyzing data and drawing conclusions. The activities encourage students to engage in a productive struggle and understand there is more than once answer to a problem. By building these skills throughout the course, students mimic the habits of real world scientists and engineers.

 

Integrate Crosscutting concepts

Crosscutting Concepts are woven throughout Miller & Levine Biology to help students develop, understand and connect the disciplinary core ideas in meaningful ways. Through investigations, explorations and analysis, students build the skills necessary to make sense of phenomena. Author videos introduce students to crosscutting concepts using examples from the unit. The CCC’s are identified in detail in teacher edition to aide in planning.

 

Focus on Disciplinary Core Ideas

The Curriculum blends scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts with Disciplinary Core ideas. Core ideas are organized into all four content domains: physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and engineering. Lessons address multiple DCI’s through activities, such as quick labs, data analysis and lesson review.

 

Problem-Based Learning

Miller & Levine Biology features true Problem-Based Learning. Every unit introduces students to an exciting new problem that will engage them throughout several chapters and incorporates all of the three dimensions. Inspire lifelong learning with student-led, hands-on, active learning projects that immerse students in a specific phenomenon that warrants study.

  • Unit 1: How can you make freshwater from saltwater?
  • Unit 2: How can you reduce the impact of invasive species on your local ecosystem?
  • Unit 3: How can we maximize the production of useful biomass by micro-algae in bio-factories?
  • Unit 4: For what purposes should humans genetically modify animals?
  • Unit 5: What can a fossil from your region tell you about life long ago?
  • Unit 6: How can you develop a species recovery plan?