Core Ideas in Life Science
Brian A. Jerome, Ph.D.
This book is available for download with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. Apple Books on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.
The most comprehensive, interactive, and colorful middle school life science textbook is now available for your students! On target with the Next Generation Science Standards, this exciting textbook helps students learn in ways never before possible.
Thirty-one vocabulary rich chapters cover the entire middle school life science curriculum. Easy-to-understand text coupled with over 300 narrated movies, over 1500 instructive images, over 100 engaging animations, dozens of interactive graphics, and student assessments make learning fun and meaningful. You and your students will not be able to put this book down!
31 chapters include: science and engineering, early life, cells, cell processes, heredity, fundamentals of genetics, genetics in action, genetics in our lives, evolution, life through time, evidence of change, classifying life, viruses and prokaryotes, protists, plants in our lives, plant structure and function, photosynthesis and plant responses, plant reproduction, invertebrate animals, vertebrate animals, bones and muscles, digestion and excretion, circulation and respiration, nervous system and endocrine system, the biosphere, ecosystem dynamics, natural cycles, deserts and tundra, grasslands, forests, water.
MS Sci. Teacher
The book has great graphics and content but be aware it does take up a bit of memory on the student’s iPad. (4.5GB) We’ve run into probelms with students trying to download the book. If your a teacher and want to have it on your iPad and laptop this book doesn’t allow you to do that.
Universal Design at its best!
This science book proved a theory I posited in 2009. Good Universal Design and learning theory applied to a book would create a truly accessible text. With the use of VoiceOver this book is completely accessible and even the quiz content is available for students. Used with a projector, the images can become acessible to students with low vision. My experience in the field of visual impairments places this book at the top of any list for middle school students or even a supplement for high school courses.
For those students with sight, the pictures, interactivity, and design is flawless. I’ve referred to it repeatedly to help my wife in the development of her iBook.
M.S. Ed., M.S.Ed, TSVI, COMS
The Perfect E-Text
As the Director of Technology for a public K-12 School, I have worked with many types of e-texts the last couple years as we issued iPads to each student in grades 6-9 in a 1:1 program. This e-text is exactly what I wish all of the others were like. First, it downloads completey as an iBook so that the students do not have to be online at home or wherever for it to work. This is an issue for many of our students that do not have wi-fi at their home. Second, the pictures and videos are amazing. I myself am a visual learner and I can really appreciate the quality and quantity of videos, photos and interactive exercises that this book contains. And third, it just works. With some of the other e-texts we are using, they are part of an app that downloads and manages the texts. And like some apps, they occasionally crash or don’t work causing a lot of grief for the student. I have not experienced a single issue with it not working yet. This is an excellent value for the money, and not a headache for the IT department.