Miller & Levine Biology Curriculum for Grades 9-12 for New York City Education

High School Biology

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Ken Miller and Joe Levine are active biologists and passionate storytellers who want Miller & Levine Biology to inspire your students to Do More Inquiry

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The program immerses students in biological inquiry with relevant, real-world content, so they see the connection between issues and events in their lives and the larger world. Students will think, investigate, and talk about biology as they interact with natural phenomena through problem-based learning, case studies, and hands-on and virtual inquiry labs. 


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Alignment to the NSSLS


The Table of Contents and Program Correlations demonstrate just how clearly aligned Miller & Levine Biology is to NYC, and how it fulfills upon the expectation of the NYSSLS through rigorous content, hands-on learning, abstract reasoning, collaboration skills, and engaging technology.

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Unpacking the Program


Miller & Levine Biology is a phenomena-based science curriculum that immerses students in the inquiry process through problem-based learning options. It provides students with engaging, real-world, and rigorous hands-on case studies, labs, interactivities, simulations, and activities.


Savvas Learning Company strives to empower students to bring their cultures, backgrounds, and experiences into the classroom and to develop intercultural understandings through interactions with their peers. Please review this Culturally Responsive Classroom brochure for more information on how we accomplish that inside of the Savvas High School Science programs.

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Instructional Design


Miller & Levine Biology focuses on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to build deep and cohesive understanding. Students will experience the three dimensions of science learning: Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.


Based on the 5E learning cycle, the new CISD Instructional Model creates a seamless, student-centered experience based on 21st century learning outcomes. The focus is on understanding and knowledge transfer. By engaging with the CISD Learning Model, students learn to synthesize ideas, ask questions, gather, analyze, and use data as evidence, and demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and skills through scenario-based tasks.

CISD System for Miller & Levine Biology

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Lessons in Action


Miller & Levine Biology emphasizes inquiry to “make sense” of phenomena. It’s the science of doing. Phenomena-based lessons engage students in relevant, real-world problems.


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Three-Dimensional Learning

Three-Dimensional Learning
Three-dimensional learning represents a significant shift in science education. Miller & Levine Biology integrates three-dimensional learning (science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) seamlessly into instruction, activities, and assessment.

World Leading Partnerships

World Leading Partnerships
Miller & Levine Biology lets students experience natural phenomena and innovative STEM environments. World-leading partners include Labster and HHMI Biointeractive. Take biology beyond the classroom!

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Digital Assets


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Digital Reviewers Guide

Digital Reviewer Guide

Your Savvas Realize™ classroom is an extension of your chemistry classroom—where students investigate through virtual labs and simulations, watch animations to explore complex concepts, and demonstrate understanding through assessments.

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Labster Virtual Lab Simulations

Miller & Levine Biology partners with award-winning Labster for virtual lab simulations that complement your teaching. Give students access to realistic lab experiences that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment. The Eutrophication Lab Simulation and CSI Lab Simulation are included with the program.

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Miller & Levine Biology is rich with assessment types that work in combination to assess three-dimensional learning. Item types include performance-based tasks, research projects, inquiry investigations, labs, open-ended response questions, multiple choice questions and drag-and drop questions.

When students take the assessments online in Savvas Realize™, the teacher receives instant feedback on performance, informing instruction based on results.

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Differentiation & Language Support

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Support All Learners
Welcome to Miller & Levine Biology Foundations: Reading and Study Guide Workbook! Available in English and Spanish, this reading and study guide is an effective tool to support students as they embark on the exciting adventure of discovery. In this workbook, you’ll find:

  • Interactive experiences to improve science understanding and reinforce the three-dimensional aspect of learning and thinking.
  • Concise chapter summaries which include a focus on the “key” questions and important vocabulary to strengthen comprehension. 
  • Point-of-use study tips, strategies, and organization tools, which help deepen the understanding of key science concepts.

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Family Support


NYC Parents’ Corner

We are excited to support our New York City parents, caregivers, and students.
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Parent User Guides


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Authorship and Research


Highly acclaimed authors Ken Miller and Joe Levine are active scientists. They share key ideas about the program in these short videos.

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