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NGSS The Living Earth: Integrating Biology and Earth Science

Kognity’s online resource for high school Biology with integrated Earth Science takes a phenomena-based approach to science instruction, in line with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as state-specific science standards.

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NGSS-aligned content for high school Biology

This The Living Earth: Integrating Biology and Earth Science resource includes 6 units. Each unit begins with an anchoring phenomenon that is then investigated in a number of modules (investigative phenomena) that provide opportunities for students to observe, collaborate and explore.

Units include:

  1. Ecosystem interactions and energy: Powering a predator
  2. History of the Earth’s atmosphere – Photosynthesis and respiration: Even plants have limitations
  3. Evidence of common ancestry and diversity: From the mammoth to the elephant
  4. Inheritance of traits: It’s in your genes
  5. Structure, function, and growth (from cells to organisms): Cells, the building blocks of life and health
  6. Ecosystem stability and the response to climate change: Taking Earth’s temperature


Scope and Sequence & Standards Mapping

Download documentation outlining how Kognity Biology lessons map to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Alignment with state-specific standards
Kognity’s resources are also designed to align with state-specific standards and Performance Expectations. Get in touch for more information.


Using the Kognity teaching and learning platform for high school Biology

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NGSS high school Biology for teachers

Kognity’s NGSS The Living Earth resource for high school Biology enables you take Biology from the classroom into the real world with:

  • Consistent lesson organization with modules broken down into flexible content options based on the 5E cycle.
  • A clean and intuitive navigation.
  • An extensive media library with 750+ videos, images and interactive models.
  • Driving question boards that let students drive the learning journey and collaborate with peers.
  • Activity sheets for students to test their knowledge and hold themselves accountable.
  • Teacher instructions with suggestions on how to facilitate activities and support students.
  • Performance tasks at the end of each module to assess student performance over time.


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NGSS high school Biology for students

Kognity’s NGSS The Living Earth resource for high school Biology provides students with extensive activities, tips and opportunities to develop scientific thinking, including:

  • Opportunities for reflection and inquiry throughout the units, with activities to enable exploration, explanation and elaboration.
  • A student notebook to record notes and observations.
  • A variety of multimedia including 3D models and other interactive content to observe and explore phenomena.
  • Box features highlighting different kinds of important information and advice.
  • Glossary and vocabulary boxes covering key scientific terms and definitions.
  • Integrated reading assistance with numerous font and style options, audio support and 100+ language options.
  • Activity sheets and Performance tasks to evaluate progress and prepare for upcoming tests.
  • Kognity is laid out in such a way that you can adapt it to whatever fits your classroom and gives you that starting point to feel more confident.

    April Pence

    Chemistry Teacher, Huntington Beach Union High School District, California

  • I love the ability that students have to practice questions and take charge of their own learning.

    Sara Griffin

    Biology Teacher, Ask Academy, Rio Rancho Public Schools, NM

  • Kognity is much more relatable than your traditional science textbook and is more accessible to different kinds of students.

    Marcos Cabreros

    Chemistry Teacher, Huntington Beach Union High School District, California

  • Kognity is making the classroom more interactive, especially in a real-world scenario.

    Serenity Smith

    Biology & Chemistry Teacher, Stanly Early College High School, NC

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