I started the process by examining the the Science FCAT 2.0 test parameters and standards. For example below is a sample section of the standards for the Big Idea about the Practice of Science.
Big Idea 1 The Practice of Science
Grade 6 Benchmark
Grade 7 Benchmark
Grade 8 Benchmark
SC.6.N.1.4 Discuss, compare, and negotiate methods used, results obtained, and explanations among groups of students conducting the same investigation.
Assessed as SC.7.N.1.2.
SC.7.N.1.4 Identify test variables (independent variables) and outcome variables (dependent variables) in an experiment.
Assessed as SC.8.N.1.1.
SC.8.N.1.4 Explain how hypotheses are valuable if they lead to further investigations, even if they turn out not to be supported by the data.
Assessed as SC.8.N.1.1.
SC.6.N.1.5 Recognize that science involves creativity, not just in designing experiments, but also in creating explanations that fit evidence.
SC.7.N.1.5 Describe the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.
Also assesses SC.7.N.3.2, SC.8.N.1.5, and SC.8.E.5.10. AA MC
SC.8.N.1.5 Analyze the methods used to develop a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science.
Assessed as SC.7.N.1.5.
The design of the finished textbook would be to have an etextbook in multiple formats that included content from all the Big Ideas of Science that associated with the test. To build this etextbook, I used the tools and materials provided by CK12.org, which allowed me to create an etextbook that is freely available to any that want it for reading online, as PDF or in ereader formats of EPUB and MOBI (a Kindle associated format). I analyzed the Big Idea and the standards, then developed key words to search the CK12 collection. Then I would usually choose the conceptual findings to include as sections of a chapter based on the Science Big Idea which was then added to the book. I don't see this as writing the textbook, but more like assembling (so I guess that counts as being an editor), an etextbook
The finished etextbook included the four science areas: Nature of Science; Earth & Space; Physical Science; Life Science and the 18 Big Ideas in science. Actually the 18 Big Ideas became the chapter titles:http://www.ck12.org/user:c2hhZG93Y2F2YW5hdWdoQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ../book/Science-FCAT-2.0-Review-Middle-School-FlexBook/r6/
- The Practice of Science;
- The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge;
- The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models;
- Science and Society;
- Earth in Space and Time;
- Earth Structures;
- Earth Systems and Patterns;
- Properties of Matter;
- Changes in Matter;
- Forms of Energy;
- Energy Transfer and Transformations;
- Motion of Objects;
- Forces and Changes in Motion;
- Organization and Development of Living Organisms;
- Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms;
- Heredity and Reproduction;
- Matter and Energy Transformations.
The introduction to each section included the associated required standards for the three grade levels, and I added a chapter with state practice test questions that students could use to review and check themselves with.
Feel free to share the link to any other Florida middle school science teacher or student. The CK12 etextbook tools were easy to use: