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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has adopted revised science standards. They are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which is based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012), from the National Research Council of the National Academies. Also see Benchmarks: American Association for the Advancement of Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Biology MCAS exams

Learning Standards

2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
College Board Standards for College Success: Science
2006 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework
Massachusetts History and Social Science
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, AAAS
SAT Biology Subject Area Test

Ocean Literacy The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences: March 2013 and Ocean Literacy Network. The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, National Academy Press (1998)
ELA Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

Grades 6-12 Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects


Note: There are presentations (“PowerPoints”) on this website. We can view them with any of the programs (apps) here.

OpenOffice – Impress
LibreOffice – Impress
GoogleDocs – Slides
WordPerfect Office
MS Office – PowerPoint


The Golden Book of Biology Charley Harper as Illustrator: the 1960s 

Some amazing Biology SlideShare presentations by Jay Swan.

RegentsPrep.Org (Wayback archive)

Textbook resources

Pearson Dragonfly Biology handouts

Pearson Dragonfly Biology PPTs

Macaw Biology Table of Contents

UNIT 1:  The Nature of Life 
Chapter 1:  The Science of Biology
Chapter 2:  The Chemistry of Life
UNIT 2:  Ecology 
Chapter 3:  The Biosphere
Chapter 4:  Ecosystems and Communities
Chapter 5:  Populations
Chapter 6:  Humans in the Biosphere
UNIT 3:  Cells 
Chapter 7:  Cell Structure and Function
Chapter 8:  Photosynthesis
Chapter 9:  Cellular Respiration
Chapter 10:  Cell Growth and Division

UNIT 4:  Genetics 
Chapter 11:  Introduction to Genetics
Chapter 12:  DNA
Chapter 13:  RNA & Protein Synthesis
Chapter 14:  Human Genome
Chapter 15:  Genetic Engineering


UNIT 5:  Evolution 
Chapter 16:  Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Chapter 17:  Evolution of Populations
Chapter 18:  Classification
Chapter 19: History of Life
UNIT 6:  Microorganisms to Plants 
Chapter 20:  Viruses and Prokaryotes
Chapter 21:  Protists & Fungi
Chapter 22:  Introduction to Plants
Chapter 23
:  Plant Structure & Function
Chapter 24:  Plant Reproduction & Response
UNIT 7:  Animals (non MCAS)
Chapter 25:  Introduction to Animals
Chapter 26:  Animal Evolution & Diversity
Chapter 27:  Animal Systems – I
Chapter 28:  Animal Systems – II
Chapter 29:  Animal Behavior
UNIT 8: The Human Body 
Chapter 30: Digestive & Excretory Systems
Chapter 31:  The Nervous System
Chapter 32:  Skeletal, Muscular, & Integumentary Systems
Chapter 33:  Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
Chapter 34:  Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
Chapter 35:  Immune System and Disease

And more

Macaw Biology chapters in PDF

Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition between discipline fields, eh? 🙂

XKCD Which field is the best physics versus biology


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