BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.
Each course contains short videos that review the AP Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are all less than 3 minutes long, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program. At the end of the course, you'll receive a Program Guide to use as a reference of your materials, as well as a lesson planning guide to help you get started.
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Designed to help all students to learn real chemistry, Living By Chemistry is a full-year high school curriculum that incorporates science practices with a guided-inquiry approach. Students of all levels will gain a deep understanding of chemistry with this program. With Living By Chemistry, students learn chemistry in the same way that chemists work – by asking questions, collecting evidence, and thinking like scientists.
Living By Chemistry is the product of a decade of research and development in high school classrooms, focusing on optimizing student understanding of chemical principles. Author Angelica Stacy assisted in the development of the NGSS standards and served on the AP Chemistry redesign committee. She designed Living By Chemistry as an introduction for students who will take AP Chemistry or additional college classes. The curriculum was developed with the belief that science is best learned through first-hand experience and discussion with peers. Guided inquiry allows students to actively participate in, and become adept at, scientific processes and communication. These skills are vital to a student’s further success in science as well as beneficial to other pursuits. Formal definitions and formulas are frequently introduced after students have explored, scrutinized, and developed a concept, providing more effective instruction.
LBC’s innovative curriculum offers much more than traditional programs. To help engage students of all levels, the curriculum provides a variety of learning experiences through activities, discussions, games, demos, lectures, labs, and individual work.
Ideal Preparation for the AP Chemistry Course: Author Angelica Stacy assisted in the development of the NGSS standards and served on the AP Chemistry redesign committee. She designed Living By Chemistry as an introduction for students who will take AP Chemistry or additional college classes.
Employs Guided Inquiry: Living By Chemistry uses an inquiry-based approach to encourage students to ask questions and propose explanations based on evidence. This "experience-first" program is supported by daily lesson plans with hands-on activities to guide students’ in-class discovery. The student edition then supports in-class activities with at-home reading to further explain concepts.
Engages and Differentiates: Living By Chemistry's six units focus on big ideas of chemistry and frame core concepts within every-day, real-world contexts. The hands-on activities support all learners and capture students' interest while improving retention of concepts.
Research Based: Living by Chemistry was developed as a National Science Foundation project and is the product of a decade of research and development in high school classrooms focusing on optimizing student understanding of chemical principles.
Chapter Openings introduce the main ideas and learning goals of the chapter.
Math Spotlights: Quick reviews of important math topics.
Hands-on Labs allow students to see the concepts covered in the chapter firsthand.
Example Problems and Exercises provide students with many opportunities to practice problem solving.