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Content Connections

There are overlapping concepts between biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and other subjects. Throughout this curriculum, students are encouraged to identify connections of concepts to things they already know … as well as connections to things-learned in previous science classes or other subject areas.


Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material

2:10 Collaboration across disciplines in higher grades

1:52 Contemporary Connections 2017

6:20 Basic Chemistry for Biology, Part 1: Atoms


Compare Contrast and Debate

Debate Option

Background: Sometimes science is categorized into the “Hard Sciences” and “Soft Sciences.” These expressions correspond to natural science (hard) and social science (soft). Introductory courses in natural science (such as biology, physics, chemistry, and earth science) exclude mention of soft science. For example, introductory biology courses only barely include information about human and animal behavior (which would generally be viewed as a “soft science”).

  • Position A: Courses dealing with natural science (the “hard sciences”) should EXCLUDE ideas and information about social science (the “soft sciences”).
  • Position B: Courses dealing with natural science (the “hard sciences”) should INCLUDE ideas and information about social science (the “soft sciences”).

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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Develop and use models.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Patterns.

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