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Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks

Project Overview

The science education community in partnership with Dr. David Wiley from Brigham Young University (BYU) and funding from a Hewlett Foundation Grant has embarked on a statewide scaling for open education resource development for science grades 3-12. Building upon previous collaborations with educators in Nebo School district reaching back to 2009, the project reached out to engage educators from across the state on teams to build state textbooks for secondary science courses in 2012 and elementary science courses in 2013. Twenty three districts and 7 charter schools had teacher representation in the writing groups that pulled together the textbook from open education resources such as CK12.org and Siyavula’s Thunderbolt Kids. The final textbooks are available in a digital PDF format for free under a creative commons license.

The project will continue with supported implementation efforts for teachers, along with a commitment to continue to update the materials each year using community feedback and data. This will be a continual process that provides a sustainable and cost effective solution to supporting student reference materials that are adaptable to changes in the Utah Core and science content knowledge.

Feedback

Science OER Textbook Community Feedback
As we continue to refine and improve these documents, we welcome feedback to be considered by the annual review committee.

2015-2016 Science Textbooks for Grades 3-12

3rd Grade: Science

4th Grade: Science

5th Grade: Science

6th Grade: Science

7th Grade: Integrated Science

8th Grade: Integrated Science

Biology

Chemistry

Earth Science

Physics

Teacher Guide

Elementary Science Literacy Teacher Guide (2014-2015)

Textbook Hard Copy Purchases

2015-2016 textbooks are now available!

These textbooks will have a color cover, but black and white pages. This keeps the costs low. Districts, schools, etc. are welcome to print the books through their own printing services using the PDF files above. We have provided the links below to support easy ordering, but you are more than welcome to print these resources on your own based on your access and cost.

It is highly recommended that one copy is purchased for review before you place a large order for multiple copies.

3rd Grade: Science

4th Grade: Science

5th Grade: Science

6th Grade: Science

7th Grade: Integrated Science

8th Grade: Integrated Science 
Note: this is the 2014-2015 version. The 2015-2016 version is not yet available.

8th Grade Online Interactive Activities
Note: Supplement for the 2014-2015 version.

Biology

Chemistry

Earth Science

Physics