1. TEA AP® Biology

    • Subject: Science

    AP® Biology covers the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for AP® students. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. AP® Biology was designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the College Board’s AP® Biology Framework, while allowing significant flexibility for instructors. Each section of the book includes an introduction based on the AP® curriculum as well as rich features that engage students in scientific practice and AP® test preparation. It also highlights careers and research opportunities in the biological sciences. Content requirements for AP® Biology are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: Biology, published by The College Board (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112d.html#112.62).

    This open-education-resource instructional material by TEA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License in accordance with Chapter 31 of the Texas Education Code.

  2. TEA AP® Physics 1: Algebra-Based

    • Subject: Science

    AP® Physics is the result of an effort to better serve teachers and students. The textbook focuses on the College Board’s AP® framework concepts and practices.

    The AP® Physics curriculum framework outlines the two full-year physics courses AP® Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP® Physics 2: Algebra-Based. These two courses focus on the big ideas typically included in the first and second semesters of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. They provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to support future advanced coursework in physics. The AP® Physics 1 curriculum includes mechanics, mechanical waves, sound, and electrostatics. The AP® Physics 2 curriculum focuses on thermodynamics, fluid statics, dynamics, electromagnetism, geometric and physical optics, quantum physics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. AP® Science Practices emphasize inquiry-based learning and development of critical thinking and reasoning skills. Inquiry-based learning involves exploratory learning as a way to gain new knowledge. Students begin by making an observation regarding a given physics topic. Students then explore that topic using scientific methodology, as opposed to simply being told about it in lecture. In this way, students learn the content through self-discovery rather than memorization. 

    The AP® framework has identified seven major science practices, which are described using short phrases that include using representations and models to communicate information and solve problems, using mathematics appropriately, engaging in questioning, planning and implementing data collection strategies, analyzing and evaluating data, justifying scientific explanations, and connecting concepts. The AP® framework’s Learning Objectives merge content with one or more of the seven science practices that students should develop as they prepare for the AP® Physics exam. Each chapter of AP® Physics begins with a “Connection for AP® Courses” that explains how the content in the chapter sections align to the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, and Learning Objectives of the AP® framework. These sections help students quickly and easily locate where components of the AP® framework are covered in the book, as well as clearly indicate material that, although interesting, exceeds the scope of the AP® framework. Content requirements for AP® Physics are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: Physics, published by The College Board (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112d.html#112.64) and (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112d.html#112.65).

    This open-education-resource instructional material by TEA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License in accordance with Chapter 31 of the Texas Education Code.

  3. TEA AP® Physics 2: Algebra-Based

    • Subject: Science

    AP® Physics is the result of an effort to better serve teachers and students. The textbook focuses on the College Board’s AP® framework concepts and practices.

    The AP® Physics curriculum framework outlines the two full-year physics courses AP® Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP®  Physics 2: Algebra-Based. These two courses focus on the big ideas typically included in the first and second semesters of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. They provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to support future advanced coursework in physics. The AP® Physics 1 curriculum includes mechanics, mechanical waves, sound, and electrostatics. The AP® Physics 2 curriculum focuses on thermodynamics, fluid statics, dynamics, electromagnetism, geometric and physical optics, quantum physics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. AP® Science Practices emphasize inquiry-based learning and development of critical thinking and reasoning skills. Inquiry-based learning involves exploratory learning as a way to gain new knowledge. Students begin by making an observation regarding a given physics topic. Students then explore that topic using scientific methodology, as opposed to simply being told about it in lecture. In this way, students learn the content through self-discovery rather than memorization. 

    The AP® framework has identified seven major science practices, which are described using short phrases that include using representations and models to communicate information and solve problems, using mathematics appropriately, engaging in questioning, planning and implementing data collection strategies, analyzing and evaluating data, justifying scientific explanations, and connecting concepts. The AP® framework’s Learning Objectives merge content with one or more of the seven science practices that students should develop as they prepare for the AP® Physics exam. Each chapter of AP® Physics begins with a “Connection for AP® Courses” that explains how the content in the chapter sections align to the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, and Learning Objectives of the AP® framework. These sections help students quickly and easily locate where components of the AP® framework are covered in the book, as well as clearly indicate material that, although interesting, exceeds the scope of the AP® framework. Content requirements for AP® Physics are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: Physics, published by The College Board (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112d.html#112.64) and (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112d.html#112.65).

    This open-education-resource instructional material by TEA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License in accordance with Chapter 31 of the Texas Education Code.

  4. Push Back, Pull Forward

    • Resource ID: TXLS118
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: Science

    Students will conduct an experiment to demonstrate force, such as pushes and pulls.

  5. ELPS Academy

    • CPE credit is 4
    • Subject: ELL Support
    The ELPS Academy is designed to help teachers incorporate the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) when planning lessons and delivering instruction for ELLs. Participants who successfully complete the ELPS Academy earn 4 CPE hours.
  6. Convergent Plate Boundaries

    • Resource ID: TXLS135
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: Science

    Students will design and test models that will identify crustal features formed by convergent plate boundaries.

  7. Going on an Expedition

    • Resource ID: TXLS127
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: Science

    Students observe how dunes and canyons are created through agents of erosion by weathering and erosion.

  8. TEA Physics

    • Subject: Science

    Physics covers the scope and sequence requirements of a typical one-year physics course. The text provides comprehensive
    coverage of physical concepts, quantitative examples and skills, and interesting applications. Physics has been
    designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the relevant Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), while allowing
    significant flexibility for instructors. Content requirements for Physics are prescribed in “Chapter 112. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter C. High School, 112.39. Physics, Beginning with School Year 2010-2011 (One Credit)”
    (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112c.html#112.39).

    This open-education-resource instructional material by TEA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License in accordance with Chapter 31 of the Texas Education Code.

  9. DNA Sequencing

    • Resource ID: TXLS128
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: Science

    In this lesson, students will investigate how gene expression is a regulated process controlled by DNA and the interpretations of codons through translation.

  10. Matter and Energy - Density

    • Resource ID: S8M1L9
    • Grade Range: 6–8
    • Subject: Science

    Given diagrams, data, or scenarios, students will calculate density to identify unknown substances.

  11. Matter and Energy—Chemical Reactions

    • Resource ID: S8M1L7
    • Grade Range: 6–8
    • Subject: Science

    Given descriptions or illustrations, students will investigate how evidence of chemical reactions indicates that new substances with different properties are formed.

  12. Save the Factory!

    • Resource ID: TXLS071
    • Grade Range: 4
    • Subject: Science

    Students will design an experiment to test the outcome of friction in force and motion. The students will create an inclined plane demonstrating their knowledge of mechanical energy and the effects of gravity on an object. Students will use previous knowledge of friction to complete their task of stopping their object. Critical thinking skills will be the focus of the lesson as students will have to utilize their scientific problem-solving skills to make decisions regarding their experiment.

  13. Scientifically Magnetic!

    • Resource ID: TXLS060
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: Science

    Students will review the steps of the scientific method and conduct an investigation that involves sorting magnetic and nonmagnetic objects.

  14. 6

    Science Safety Training for High School

    • Grade Range: 9-12
    • Subject: Science

    This binder provides high school science, science electives, and CTE teachers an opportunity to review safety policies, procedures, and responsibilities that pertain to instructional settings. The resources in this binder are designed to supplement a district or campus-led safety training that also includes hands-on training with safety equipment such as eye wash stations, fire blankets, lab equipment, etc. Teachers who wish to earn CPE credit or certification for this training must enroll in the full course here.

  15. Building a Watershed

    • Resource ID: TXLS122
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: Science

    Students will model the effects of human activity on watersheds.