Searchable Lesson Library
With Connections, it’s easy to find the right high school science lesson—one that aligns with the NGSS or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and engages students in developing and communicating their understanding of phenomena through multidimensional tasks. Search the lesson library by standard, topic, keyword, grade level, or subject (physics, chemistry, biology), to quickly locate the lesson you need to enrich students’ learning and deepen their understanding.
Hands-On Science Exploration with Vernier Probeware
To develop STEM-literate citizens, it’s crucial to give students opportunities to engage in the same practices as scientists when they investigate natural phenomena. That’s why, with Connections, students conduct investigations using Vernier probeware—collecting and analyzing experiment data to strengthen their understanding of key scientific concepts.
Culturally Relevant and Accessible Content
Lessons connect with the diverse needs and cultural backgrounds of today’s learners. In addition, lessons provide students with opportunities to contribute ideas from their personal experiences through multiple modes of communication. Based on the principles of Universal Design for learning, Connections reduces dependency on English language proficiency through the use of illustrations, simulations, images, and interactive graphics—minimizing the demand on vocabulary and making text more accessible.
Formative Assessment and Progress Monitoring
With Connections, students’ knowledge and skills related to three-dimensional learning are elicited through a variety of modes, such as building models, interpreting data, and communicating scientific ideas in writing. Formative assessment tasks focus on student reasoning, support students in monitoring their own learning, and inform adjustments in instruction. Progress dashboards provide class-wide overviews, as well as student-level detail, so you can take timely action to support and extend learning for struggling and accelerated students.
Grading and Feedback
Grading automation for many question types saves you time while providing students with in-the-moment feedback that helps them monitor their own learning progress. You can also provide additional personalized feedback to enrich learning and strengthen your rapport with students. Plus, transferring grades to the gradebook is a breeze—no uploading spreadsheets or tedious typing. Connections integrates directly with your LMS, so all you need to do is select the assignments you want and send.
Customization to Meet Your Needs
Want to adjust the wording, insert a video, or add an assessment question? No problem. Connections lessons are fully customizable; you can modify content to better fit the needs of your students or teaching style. You can even duplicate lessons and modify content to differentiate instruction for various student groups.