Do you want EVERYTHING done for the entire school year for your high school biology course? This bundle is for you! This no-prep paper AND digital paperless biology curriculum is all of the notes, labs, activities, practices, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests you need to teach an entire year of biology. Every major biology unit is covered and listed below. Everything is provided for two levels – CP and Honors. This is an excellent stand-alone resource or could be used to refresh or supplement an existing curriculum that you have. Not only that, but the student packets come in a paperless digital version that can be used in Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™. This is perfect for the teacher who is in a 1:1 classroom, for someone who is hoping to integrate more educational technology to move towards becoming a paperless classroom, or is currently teaching via distance learning. Because it is all-inclusive, it is especially useful for new teachers, maternity leave, and flipped classrooms!
What content is in this bundle?
The following 7 units and 3 mini-units (all available for individual purchase in my store) are included. These resources total to $455, if all purchased individually. However, if you choose to purchase this full year bundle, you get a 20% discount, making the resource the listed price. That’s less than a dollar a day to be done with lesson planning for the year! Units included are:
What types of resources are included?
I strongly encourage you to click the links to each unit above and download their previews. Each unit preview will give you 15-20 pages detailing what is included. In summary, you will be receiving over 3,500 pages of curriculum including animated and editable PowerPoint slides with links to video lectures for each one, 10 packets (1 per unit) of student handouts, over 250 pages of implementation notes, editable unit plans (with both 50-minute and 90-minute pacing options), detailed answer keys, and editable tests and quizzes. Plus, access to ALL of the materials in the student packets in a digital paperless format that can be used in Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™.
Want a video tour of what is inside this curriculum? Check out this one here!
Not only that, but in purchasing this bundle you will get free updates for LIFE for any content added to it. Since originally writing the curriculum I have added paperless digital versions of all student packets, study guide answer keys, mini-units that dive deeper into 3 extension topics (plants, homeostasis, and pathogens) and recently finished a major revamp of every unit. This revamp included redoing all notes and lecture videos, reformatting all student packets and instructional resources, adding study guide answer keys, updating assessment questions, rewriting all teacher implementation notes (including tips for distance learning), and adding ~3-5 new learning activities to each unit.
The newest additions to the biology curriculum include the yearlong independent research projects, binder covers, filled in Cornell notes and fill in the blank Cornell notes – both in the printable PDF packet format and the paperless digital Google Drive™ format.
If you already own the curriculum or any of the individual units, make sure to go re-download now! Also be sure to join my email list (you can join at bit.ly/INRSemaillist) so that you are notified of any future updates.
What types of files are included?
Most of the documents in this product are secured PDFs, meaning you can print them but not edit or copy/paste the text. The paperless digital student packets will be accessed via a Google Drive™ link in a PDF file that students can type into but change the essential content of. Editable versions are only included for the unit plans, quizzes, tests and some aspects of the activities for you to customize for your classroom. The PowerPoint lecture notes also have editable text. This is to protect the copyright and intellectual property of my own work, plus the work of many dedicated clip artists that are included in this product. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me with them PRIOR to purchasing!
What materials are needed in addition to the resources provided?
Click here to see the preview with a compiled list of all necessary supplies for all 7 core units and 3 extension mini-units. I wrote this curriculum for the science teacher with minimal materials and budget, so the majority of the supplies needed can be purchased on Amazon or at Walmart!
*How is this resource distance learning compatible?*
This resource already comes with all of the student handouts in a packet format that can be used on paper (PDF to print) or digitally in a paperless version for Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™. All of the PowerPoint notes also come with a lecture video to help your students learn from afar. You can see all of my lecture videos on my YouTube channel here, and you can check out a free sample of a paperless digital packet so you can see what the formatting and usability is like prior to purchasing. Please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com if you have questions so we can figure out if this is a good fit for you and your students.
*NOTE* I did not specifically write this biology curriculum for distance learning or homeschool biology settings, but this entire curriculum can still be used in a modified format, and all will be fully usable when we are one day back in our classrooms! I include a document with tips for using the resources within each unit in a virtual teaching and/or homeschool setting to help you. If you have questions about which resources may or may not work from home, shoot me an email and we can discuss!
What is so great about the digital student packets that are included?
You can go PAPERLESS in your classroom if you want – no more dreaded mornings at the copy machine!
You still get all of the organization of my packet strategy, just now in digital format too!
Students will be able to access their packets ANYWHERE. No more, “I forgot my binder so I couldn’t do (fill in the blank)”
Students can print their filled in packets or an extra blank copy easily from home
You can now have a mixed classroom with some students paperless and others not. You can also start with just doing a few units digitally and others on paper. Whatever works best for you and your students. The point here is that you now have OPTIONS!
You have increased flexibility for students to easily learn and be connected outside the walls of your classroom.
A built in opportunity to help students grow in their digital literacy.
What standards are covered?
This entire curriculum was written to align with the DCIs in the NGSS for high school life science. The crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices are embedded throughout each unit so that the units reflect the three dimensions of the NGSS. An NGSS alignment document is included with each unit with suggestions for phenomena that can be used as you develop storylines specific to your students and their interests. My hope is that this curriculum provides you all of the foundational resources you need for figuring out “what” to teach, so that you can then focus your energy on “how” you want to teach.
I highly recommend to every teacher that you just purchase one unit first to test out before making such a large investment in purchasing the whole curriculum. This way you can see my style and make sure it is a good fit for you and your students first and minimizing the financial risk. If you like the unit and decide to go ahead and purchase the full curriculum bundle, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your original order number and I will create a discount coupon for you to use to purchase the full year bundle without paying for the original unit you tested out twice. If you have questions about this, feel free to shoot me an email prior to purchasing at email@example.com.
Note: If you aren’t sure how your state standards compare to the NGSS, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF or link to your state standards for Biology and I will be happy to review them for you prior to you making a purchase!
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
Designing curriculum for an entire year that is engaging, activity-based, and standard-aligned can be exhausting. I’ve spent over 4 years creating this curriculum and over 400 hours this summer perfecting it for you. With this curriculum I had a 96% pass rate on the state standardized End-of-Course exam for Non-Honors students and a 100% pass rate for honors students. This was at a South Carolina Public School with over 50% of the students being below the poverty line. My average score on the EOC (all 200+ students combined that I taught over 2 years) was a 90%. I believe this success is due to multiple factors, but I attribute a lot of it to the packet curriculum I have designed, and the fact that all of my tests are cumulative. You can read more about my packet curriculum strategy (and why I don’t use interactive notebooks) by reading my blog post about it HERE.
What if I am not ready to make such a big purchase and want to test it out first?
I completely understand the investment this is for your classroom, as I too am a teacher and know every penny counts. I highly encourage you if you are considering this big purchase to buy an individual unit first to see if my style is desirable for you and your students. If you like the unit and decide to go ahead and purchase the full curriculum bundle, email me at email@example.com with your original order number and I will create a discount coupon for you to use to purchase the full year bundle without paying for the original unit you tested out twice. Have questions? I’d love to discuss with you further. You can email me or contact me here.
Looking for other biology resources?
My daily bell ringers, exam pack, and test review games are not included in this bundle, but you can find them for the entire school year by clicking the links below.
Looking for more creative and comprehensive curriculum?
Check out the other full year curricula I have available!
What if I have a question?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to answer any questions you have!
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*Note: NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.