core ideas in life science

The most comprehensive, interactive, and colorful middle school life science textbook is now available for your students! On target with the Next Generation Science Standards, this exciting textbook helps students learn in ways never before possible.

"As the Director of Technology for a public K-12 School, I have worked with many types of e-texts the last couple years as we issued iPads to each student in grades 6-9 in a 1:1 program. This e-text is exactly what I wish all of the others were like."
Mr. Murphy, Forestville Middle School, NY

"Excellent book! The best I've seen for Middle School students. The videos and animations make the subject come alive."
S. Collins, Shorecrest Prepatory, FL

"Utah State Textbook Commission has named Core Ideas in Life Science a Recommended Teacher Resource! It cites the quality and volume of vocabulary words, writing components, unit quizzes, and embedded videos as major assets to teaching."

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  • 1,070 pages
  • over 1,500 instructional images
  • dozens of animations
  • hundreds of videos
  • interactive graphics
  • glossary
  • assessments
  • reviews


  • self-contained, carry-anywhere book
  • fun and interactive
  • easy to navigate
  • clear, concise, understandable
  • integrates text with multimedia
  • peaks student interest
  • core-curricular
  • one-time download


  • purchase on iBookstoreSM
  • credit card or Volume Purchase Program
  • $14.99/etextbook

covers the entire life science curriculum

chapters include:

  • science and engineering
  • early life
  • cells
  • cell processes
  • heredity
  • fundamentals of genetics
  • genetics in action
  • genetics in our lives
  • evolution
  • life through time
  • evidence of change
  • classifying life
  • viruses and prokaryotes
  • protists
  • plants in our lives
  • plant structure and function
  • photosynthesis and plant responses
  • plant reproduction
  • invertebrate animals
  • vertebrate animals
  • bones and muscles
  • digestion and excretion
  • circulation and respiration
  • nervous system and endocrine system
  • the biosphere
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • natural cycles
  • deserts and tundra
  • grasslands
  • forests
  • water
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