Miller & Levine Biology Program

Miller & Levine Biology is the best-selling blended biology program that immerses students in inquiry, so they think, investigate, and talk about biology. A wide array of support resources fosters engagement and success in the class.

  • Differentiated materials for learners at all levels
  • Accessible writing style connects with young students
  • Instruction rooted in real-world stories
  • Flexible resources on the Savvas Realize® LMS
Discover the best selling Miller & Levine Biology program, a blended high school biology curriculum.

High School Biology Curriculum - Interact With Biology Phenomena

See life in a whole new way with a high school biology curriculum emphasizing inquiry and interaction through problem-based learning.

Discover the best selling Miller & Levine Biology program that immerses students in biology phenomena.

Phenomena-Driven Learning

A foundational part of an NGSS curriculum, the focus on real-world biology phenomena gives purpose to what students learn and keeps them interested in finding out more about a topic.

Miller & Levine Biology program authors Ken Miller and Joe Levine.

Support Every Student

Authors Miller and Levine designed the biology program to include practical reading strategies, support, and visual learning aids, plus English Learner resources, so every student can succeed in the class.

Students discuss Miller & Levine biology program lessons.

End-of-Chapter Wrap Ups

After each chapter, students have to create personal solutions or applications then engage in discussions supported by evidence and work with their peers in an activity unique to this program.


Learner-Driven Environment

Every unit focuses on a long-term problem to foster analytical thinking, collaboration, and self-direction. The Connect, Investigate, Synthesize, Demonstrate (CISD) model appeals to modern competencies.

Biology Program Teaching Solutions for Grades 9-10

  • Three-Dimensional Learning
  • Accessible Content
  • Multifaceted Assessments
  • Phenomena-Based Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning

Three-Dimensional Learning

  • Active Journal
    Develop scientific habits through authentic Problem-based learning activities, case studies, lesson activities, and performance tasks.
  • Crosscutting Concepts
    Woven crosscutting concepts reinforce understanding through engaging multimedia.
  • Practical Applications
    Integrated practices and concepts deepen student understanding of core biology ideas.
Discover the best selling Miller & Levine Biology program, a blended high school biology curriculum.

Accessible Content

  • Reading and Study Guide Workbook
    The Biology Foundations: Reading and Study Guide Workbook boosts biology comprehension with focused summaries and science literacy practice.
  • Visual Supplements
    Enhance understanding with visual analogies, dynamic photos, illustrations, diagrams, and infographics for a more engaging learning experience.
  • Encourage Interactivity
    Engaging, interactive multimedia enhances student engagement and promotes meaningful learning
  • ELL Support
    Comprehensive ELD support fosters language development and academic growth across all domains.
  • Differentiation Resources
    Modified instructional strategies integrated at point-of-use allows teachers to multiple levels of learners.

Multifaceted Assessments

  • Real-World Inquiry
    Real-world assessments for STEM mastery
  • Flexible Instruction
    Targeted formative assessments drive instructional adjustments for student success.
  • Self-Motivation
    Chapter Study Guides empower all learners with summaries and effective study tools.
  • Chapter Assessments Rigorous
    Chapter Assessments drive understanding, connect concepts, and assess critical thinking.
  • Three-Dimensional Assessments
    Three-Dimensional Assessments integrate science practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas.

Phenomena-Based Learning

  • Case Studies
    Launch every chapter with a captivating case study in analytical thinking and scientific inquiry.
  • Connecting Activities
    Connect chapter concepts to case studies through data analysis activities, labs, figures, and assessment questions, enhancing understanding.
  • Develop Scientific Reasoning
    Promote argument-driven discussions through data analysis and scientific reasoning.
  • Scientific Careers
    Students explore diverse careers beyond science through real-world case studies and biographies.
  • Science and Technology
    Explore science and its impact on society through cutting-edge technologies.

Problem-Based Learning

  • Unit Problems
    Ignite analytical thinking, collaboration, and self-directed learning through engaging, problem-based units that incorporate all three dimensions.
  • Self-Directed Learning
    Empower students to choose their own subjects and design solutions with problem-based learning.
  • Digital Explorer’s Journal
    Enhance problem-based learning with the online Digital Explorer's Journal for note-taking, data analysis, and progress tracking.
  • Real-Life Problem Solving
    Students build research skills and problem-solving abilities through relevant investigations that deepen understanding of chapter concepts.
  • 21st Century Skills
    Foster 21st-century skill development: research, analysis, collaboration, and more.
  • Building Essential Knowledge
    Students gain problem-solving knowledge with Quick Labs, Virtual Activities, Readings, and STEM projects.
  • Frameworks for Thinking
    Guide students through problem-based learning with comprehensive instructional materials.

Take a deeper look into the features of Miller & Levine Biology

Levine - Ignite Curiosity

Author Joe Levine discusses how the program’s inquiry-based learning meets the Next Generation Science Standards.

Miller - Ignite Curiosity

Author Ken Miller takes a quick tour of the textbook to show what’s new in this curriculum.

New Digital Technologies for K-12 Ecosystem

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Savvas Realize brings our award-winning content to life in an exciting digital experience that students love. For teachers and admins, it includes valuable classroom-management tools like auto-rostering, single-sign-on, and available integrations with many top K-12 LMSs.

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Discover how Miller & Levine Biology Supports High School Science Instruction

  • Reading and Study Guide
  • Problem-Based Learning Workbook
  • Miller & Levine Biology Program Overview

Foundations Workbook

Learn about the workbook’s features and ways it can be used to support student development in the classroom.

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Digital Explorer’s Journal

The ultimate tool to help students navigate Problem-Based Learning activities. Flip through the pages for a look at the questions students think through and the ways they tie to the textbook.

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Overview Brochure

Take an in-depth look at the teaching philosophy and tools that immerse students in a compelling biology class.

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School Stories

"I have used the Miller & Levine Biology program since it was first introduced with the Elephant book. I have always been impressed with the content and all of the teacher and student support material." – Deborah, Miller & Levine Biology Teacher Houston, TX

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Miller & Levine Biology : Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Miller & Levine Biology and what are the components?

    Miller & Levine Biology is a next generation high school biology program that makes biology exciting and relevant to students. Developed by two preeminent biologists and passionate educators, Ken Miller and Joe Levine, this bestselling biology curriculum immerses students in biological inquiry. Students think, investigate, and talk about biology. They interact with natural phenomena through hands-on and virtual student inquiry activities, problem-based learning and lab experiments. Miller & Levine Biology is made of the following program components.

    Take an Interactive Tour of Miller & Levine Biology.

    The program includes:
    Miller & Levine Biology digital courseware on Savvas Realize™ includes robust digital tools that give teachers flexibility to use a digital, print, or blended format in their classrooms. Teachers can customize the program to rearrange content, upload their own content, add links to online media, and edit resources and assessments. Program-specific resources, flexible agnostic resources, and assessments are available in one location for easy lesson planning and presentation.

    Teacher Edition - Available in digital and print, the wrap-around Teacher Edition provides point-of-use instructional strategies to support students as they make sense of the phenomena, answers to activities and assessments and classroom modifications to adjust instruction based on the diverse student needs, skills, and interests in their classroom.

    Student Edition, available in print and digital Miller & Levine Biology is well known for its engaging student narrative. Ken Miller and Joe Levine’s storytelling writing style captivates students with real-world, relevant content. Visual analogies, virtual interactivities and simulations and reading checks at point-of-use enhance student understanding of biology concepts.

    The Foundations Reading and Study Guide includes interactive experiences that improve science understanding and reinforce the three-dimensional aspect of learning. Practice focuses on key concepts and science literacy to improve students’ understanding of a scientific text. Find concise chapter summaries, written below grade level, with a focus on the Key Questions, vocabulary help, visual tools and point-of-use reading tools in this student workbook.

    The Explorer’s Journal: Problem Based Learning Workbook is a digital worktext that supports student understanding of the problem-based learning projects. Within this interactive journal, students participate in a variety of sensemaking tasks include STEM Projects, virtual simulations, Authentic readings and hands-on labs.

  • Is Miller & Levine Biology available in Spanish?

    Yes, Miller & Levine Biologia is available. The following resources are available in Spanish.

  • How does Miller & Levine Biology incorporate science phenomena?

    Miller & Levine Biology immerses students in real-world phenomena. The program drives student learning through a series of investigative phenomenon case studies, hands-on and virtual student experiences, and problem-based learning activities that support their understanding of the phenomenon under study.

    Problem-Based Learning: Launch every unit with a Problem-Based Learning activity where learning is anchored in a local, relevant phenomenon. Connect concepts across multiple chapters through STEM projects, authentic readings, and virtual interactivities. Students design and revise their project throughout the unit in their Digital Explorer’s Journal.Case Study Phenomenon: Investigate phenomena with the Chapter Case Studies. Learning connects to the Case Study in labs, activities and assessment, creating a cohesive storyline throughout the chapter.

    Active Student Experiences: Students build Science & Engineering Skills using hands-on inquiry labs, data analysis, STEM projects, and virtual simulations, labs and activities. Easy connections to the three dimensions are found at point of use in the Student and Teacher Editions

    Performance-Based Assessments:
    Miller & Levine Biology is rich with assessment types that work in combination to assess three-dimensional learning. Performance-Based Assessments measure students’ mastery of all three dimensions through scenario-based performance tasks.

  • What differentiation support is available in Miller & Levine Biology?

    The Miller & Levine Biology program includes a variety of resources and instructional strategies that help teachers address the diverse student needs, skills, and interests in their classroom. There are several techniques which are found throughout the program including:

    • Hands-on inquiry labs are available in two different versions, allowing instructors to differentiate based on student needs and abilities.
    • Assess on the spot: quick formative assessments in the teacher edition allow instructors to assess understanding of key points in the lesson.
    • Differentiated instruction suggestions throughout the teacher edition provide support for modifying lessons for special needs students, struggling students, less proficient readers, and advanced students.
    • Teaching strategies at point of use support language proficiency and eld/ela standards.
    • DOK levels are noted in the lesson review questions and chapter assessment
    • Key questions are introduced in the lesson opener and highlighted throughout to help keep students focused on the main concepts as they read. the key questions are revisited in the chapter assessment.
    • Visual learning strand. core ideas in each chapter are supported by visual analogies, dynamic photos, illustrations, tables, and graphs.
    • Virtual interactivities - available at point-of-use in the student etext require students manipulate variables to deepen understanding.
    • Reading checks support close reading and provide a pause point for students to evaluate their own understanding.
    • The biology foundations: reading and study guide workbook includes interactive experiences that improve science understanding and reinforce the three-dimensional aspect of learning.
  • How do I sign up for Miller & Levine Biology demo?

    Miller & Levine Biology digital courseware on Savvas Realize™ includes robust digital tools that give teachers flexibility to use a digital, print, or blended format in their classrooms. Teachers can customize the program to rearrange content, upload their own content, add links to online media, and edit resources and assessments. Program-specific resources, flexible agnostic resources, and assessments are available in one location for easy lesson planning and presentation. Click here to sign up for a demo of Miller & Levine Biology.

  • Ken Miller Author Bio

    Kenneth R. Miller grew up in Rahway, New Jersey, attended the local public schools, and graduated from Rahway High School in 1966. Miller attended Brown University on a scholarship and graduated with honors. He was awarded a National Defense Education Act fellowship for graduate study, and earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Colorado. Miller is professor of Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches courses in general biology and cell biology. Miller‘s research specialty is the structure of biological membranes. He has published more than 70 research papers in journals such as "Cell", "Nature", and "Scientific American". He has also written the popular trade books Finding Darwin‘s God and Only a Theory. His honors include the Public Service Award from the American Society for Cell Biology, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, the AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University.

    Miller lives with his wife, Jody, on a small farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He is the father of two daughters, one a wildlife biologist and the other a high-school history teacher. He swims competitively in the masters‘ swimming program and umpires high school and NCAA softball.
  • Joe Levine Author Bio

    Joe Levine earned a B.S. from Tufts University, a Masters from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research has been published in scientific journals ranging from Science to Scientific American, and his popular writing has appeared in trade books and in magazines such as Smithsonian and Natural History. He has taught introductory biology, ecology, marine biology, neurobiology, and coral reef biology, and currently teaches Inquiry in Rain Forests, a field-based graduate- level PD course for science teachers, through the Organization for Tropical Studies.

    Following a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH-TV, Levine produced science features for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, served as advisor to NOVA, and helped launch Discovery Channel’s Discover Magazine. He has served as Science Editor for OMNI-MAX films and for PBS series including Evolution, and as judge for Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. He has designed exhibit programs for state aquarium projects in Texas, New Jersey, and Florida. Joe has led PD workshops across the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2016, he served as Outstanding Educator in Residence for Singapore’s Ministry of Education.