Open Educational Resources
Effective resources are available to provide Utah teachers, students, and parents with materials that support the Utah Core Standards, instruction, and teaching. These resources are created by groups of content and teaching experts, including university faculty, district and school specialists, teachers, and The Utah State Board of Education staff.
New Science OER textbooks are now available for K-5 and 9-12 and align to the new Science with Engineering Education Standards.
The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers’ classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards.
The OER textbooks are available in digital formats for free under a creative commons license. These digital documents can be used and adjusted to support teacher and student needs. They can be loaded onto student electronic devices or printed in their entirety or as individual pages through school or district printing services. Formatted OER textbooks are also available to purchase in bulk at a low cost using a state printing contract.
The project will continue to be revised every year through the support of teachers using community feedback and data. This will be a continual process that provides a sustainable and cost-effective solution to supporting adaptable student reference materials.
Science OER Textbook Community Feedback.To help refine and improve these textbooks, please provide any feedback to be considered by the annual review committee.
2020-2021 Science Textbooks (UPDATED)
The Utah OER Science Textbooks have been updated for the 2020-2021 school year and align to the K-12 Utah SEEd Standards. New for 2020-21 there are books for all core science classes from Kindergarten to High School. Please be aware that revisions were only made to the Grades K-5 and High School Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics Books. No changes were made to content of the Grade 6-8 Textbooks because of the overwhelming task of creating 11 new books.
2020-2021 Utah OER Books – PDF Files
To provide teachers with a formatting version of each textbook, PDF versions of the printed books are available for a free download. These files can be used to print the books in-house if districts and charters have a better system for printing or they can be loaded on student machines.
2020-2021 School Year Purchases – Printed versions of the textbooks are also available through the State of Utah’s Office Depot Contract for the 2020-21 school year. Ordering through Office Depot requires a little work upfront, however, offers amazing benefits when completed. Books will be processed and shipped in approximately 10-14 business days. Also, the state contract allows for free shipping as long as the order consists of 10 or more books. To get your school or district setup with Office Depot to order printed OER Science Textbooks email firstname.lastname@example.org. Books from Office Depot range from $2.75 to $5.95 depending on the size of the book.
These textbooks have a glossy color cover, with black and white pages, which keeps the costs low. More ordering and printing information is available on this document. The Utah State Board of Education staff has worked to support easy print ordering, but districts and schools are more than welcome to print these resources in house.
Important Note: The OER Textbook Project works very hard to ensure that only materials with an open "creative common" license are used. After a copy is made, it is the responsibility of that person to assure that any content, pictures, illustrations, diagrams, etc. added to the adapted books are free of a private copyright license. The person who adapts the textbook is solely responsible for consequences regarding breaking regulations with these copyrights.
K-12 Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards 2020-21
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The Utah Core Standards support student access to increased non-fiction/informational text to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the reading and cognitive demands of college and careers. These Open Texts provide access to grade-leveled and grade-appropriate readings and learning tasks to support the Core by providing a wide range of informational and literary non-fiction texts. These texts have been assessed by teacher teams for text complexity by using both quantitative lexile level and qualitative criteria.
Grades 9-12 Teacher Edition
Grade Band 6-8: Using Informational Texts
Section One: Text Selections based on Text Complexity (pdf)
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Note: The second edition of the Grade Band 9-10 and 11-12 digital books will be aligned to the new assessment system with sample performance tasks.
Utah started Online Educational Resources in mathematics in 2011 when Utah adopted the integrated model for high school mathematics. This model is used throughout the world and provides students with the opportunity in high school to learn and use topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analysis in connected and relevant ways; it promotes a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. The Mathematics Vision Project was instituted to share real-world tasks to support teachers and students. The integrated model also follows the flow of standards in the earlier grades where students make connections between concepts such as number, geometry, and algebraic thinking and reasoning. The Utah Middle School Math Project was created to support teachers and students in the middle grades. Throughout the years, the programs have been maintained on the UEN site as well as on the respective websites.
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For more information about Utah's Open Educational Resources, please contact the USBE content area specialist for that subject.
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