LIFE SCIENCE CURRICULUM - 5 E Model - Distance Learning

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This Life Science curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards and uses the 5E Model for implementation.

**UPDATE: Paperless Digital Versions have been added for all EDITABLE RESOURCES in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive. Please note, digital versions of PowerPoint and Chapter Test are not editable, only printable copies.

**UPDATE: All PowerPoints have been upgraded with hi-res images and better layout design.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have purchased any Nitty Gritty Life Science products previously, then do not purchase this product. Use the list below to check which bundle will complete your Life Science Curriculum.


The following is included in this bundle:

LIFE SCIENCE PHENOMENON - a collection of short videos and images designed to give teachers quick and easy access to an observable event or phenomena, that is aligned to the Middle School Life Science Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

LIFE SCIENCE INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK lessons are aligned to the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS - see below) and will be sure to increase your students engagement in note taking and processing. Each chapter includes notes, activities with actual pictures and mini-quizzes to help check for understanding.

LIFE SCIENCE DIGITAL INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK BUNDLE (added July 2021) is designed to help teachers and learners in online settings have resources that set students up for success in mastering science concepts. This product mirrors the Nitty Gritty Science traditional science interactive notebooks with an input right-hand side for notes and an output left-hand side activity so students can apply what they learned immediately. Left-hand side activities are varied to meet the multiple learning styles of all your students. This resource is designed so students can work independently, having built-in instructional videos (closed-captioning available), resources for exploring further, and clear directions.

LIFE SCIENCE DEMOS, LABS & SCIENCE STATIONS BUNDLE includes teacher-led demos, guided inquiry labs, station signage, inquiry process skills checklist, teacher guides and of course 7 Lab Stations for each topic:

  • Information Station
  • Observation Station
  • Calculation Station
  • Investigation Station
  • Communication Station
  • Creation Station
  • Imagination Station

LIFE SCIENCE TASK CARD BUNDLE is a perfect review tool which allows students to focus on individual science questions rather than be overwhelmed by a traditional review packet.


  • EDITABLE NOTES which are the SAME VERSION featured in my Life Science Interactive Notebook
  • EDITABLE POWERPOINTS feature slides rich in content and allow for you to add or delete information and pictures.
  • EDITABLE TESTS feature a variety of questions in the form of multiple choice, sentence completion, diagram interpretation and essays. (UPDATE: EDITABLE FINAL EXAM HAS BEEN ADDED)

LIFE SCIENCE STUDY GUIDE BUNDLE which includes STUDY GUIDES for each chapter to help reinforce the science content students have learned. (GOOGLE CLASSROOM READY)

LIFE SCIENCE WORD WALL BUNDLE which includes 450+ vocab terms for a visual word wall.


The following Life Science Units are covered:

Unit 1: Nature of Science

Unit 2: Intro to Life Science - Lab Safety and Science Inquiry Skills

Unit 3: Principles of Ecology

Unit 4: Population Dynamics

Unit 5: Cell Structure and Function

Unit 6: Photosynthesis, Cell Processes and Energy

Unit 7: Mendel and Heredity

Unit 8: Modern Genetics

Unit 9: Changes Over Time and Classification

Unit 10: The Microbial World

Unit 11: Plants

Unit 12: Animal Diversity: Invertebrates

Unit 13: Animal Diversity: Vertebrates

Unit 14: Human Body – Part I

Unit 15: Human Body – Part II

**BONUS - DeSTEMBER - Winter-themed STEM activities


Nitty Gritty Science Units are based on the 5 E MODEL and include the following resources:


  • TEACHER-LED DEMO that promotes inquiry, illuminates key concepts and, most importantly, leads to heightened curiosity.


  • GUIDED INQUIRY LAB uses processes that are referred to as inquiry process skills which include observing, predicting, classifying, measuring, inferring, controlling variables, manipulating materials, interpreting data and experimenting.
  • SCIENCE INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS use creative activities to motivate students to process information and demonstrate critical thinking.


  • EDITABLE NOTES AND POWERPOINTS prepared by Nitty Gritty Science save you time and help you with presenting a successful lecture. The notes serve to guide students through the teacher’s presentation and are editable so you, as the teacher, can adjust the information you want the students to fill in. The editable PowerPoint helps the teacher present the content in an orderly fashion using visual aids to enhance the presentation.


  • SCIENCE STATIONS provide an engaging way for students to extend their knowledge and skills by working independently of the teacher in small groups or pairs.
  • TASK CARDS are a collection of review cards to be used for review, such as game-style review, group review, one-on-one tutoring, bell ringers, exit slips, the list goes on.


  • CHAPTER TESTS prepared by Nitty Gritty Science use a variety of item formats that help assess different levels of student thinking and skills. The items used in the tests include multiple-choice, completion, interpreting diagrams and essays. However, if more would like to be added, all tests are editable.
  • BLOOKET quick, game-like reviews where entire classes can compete and earn points (links in Digital Interactive Notebook folder)


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