Science Techbook for Texas for Middle School Classrooms

Discover How Easy It Is to LOVE Science

Discover an Exciting Middle School Curriculum

Let’s get started with your review of grades 6-8 and see how easy it is to guide your students into becoming junior scientists and engineers!

Built for Texas

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for Texas is a comprehensive core curriculum designed for Texas teachers and students.

100% TEKS Alignment

Easily locate the new TEKS in the digital course and print materials.

STAAR 2.0 Practice

Assessments include new STAAR question types: text entry, hot spot, drag and drop, multipart, multiselect, and short constructed response.

Engaging Hands-On Activities

Easily meet lab and activity requirements with engaging hands-on activities and interactives that fit into standard lessons.

45-Minute Lessons

Middle school lessons are ready-to-teach with point-of-use instructor support and flexible options.

Authentic Spanish Content

Science Techbook for Texas provides a complete science curriculum in English and Spanish.

Texas-Specific Content

Science phenomena and activities feature Texas locations so students can truly see themselves in the program.

Student-Centered Learning

Science Techbook for Texas is a hands-on and immersive active learning program. Watch students transform into junior scientists and engineers through engaging real-world lessons.

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Phenomena-Driven Instruction

Students are motivated to understand the science content because it’s exciting and relevant.

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Real-World Learning Experiences

Students build conceptual understanding through hands-on activities and interactives in every Concept.

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Differentiated, Targeted Instruction

Embedded strategies for differentiated instruction support accessible science instruction.

Optimize Your Time

Make the most of your time! Science Techbook for Texas includes intuitive digital tools that personalize the student experience and instructor resources that streamline processes.

FAQ Section

In each Concept, students are presented with a real-world phenomenon. The Engage lessons are carefully crafted to solicit student curiosity and encourage them to ask questions related to the core concepts for the TEKS associated with the concept.

Using the CER framework, students synthesize the evidence they gathered while completing hands-on activities, interactives, and literacy lessons during their Explore lessons. They evaluate the validity of this evidence to answer their original questions about the phenomenon from Engage.

Rubrics and the ability to provide personal feedback to their peers help students continue to improve the rigor of their explanations over time.

In Elaborate lessons, students expand on the scientific ideas within each Concept by making connections and applying ideas to real-world experiences through STEM projects and STEM careers. Now that students have acted like scientists and engineers, they can learn how professional scientists and engineers are studying the same evidence they uncover in your classroom.

In the Evaluate lessons you will find Concept Summative Assessments. The question types in these assessments mirror the look and feel of STARR-based item types and include all of the new STAAR question types: text entry, hot spot, drag and drop, multipart, multiselect, short constructed response.

Many assessments are automatically graded and instructors can view individual student and class performance in the Concept Assessment Results section.

At the close of each lesson, students complete formative assessments called, “What Did You Figure Out?” and “Check For Understanding.” Available in print and digital modalities, these assessments provide a quick opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding.

Phenomenon Check-Ins serve as another formative check for understanding that allow students to reflect on their sensemaking. As students generate and analyze data, these artifacts allow teachers to monitor student progress.

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