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Section 5: Preparation Resources
Life Science 7–12 (238)

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the TExES exam in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.


  1. American Biology Teacher, National Association of Biology Teachers.
  2. American Scientist, Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society.
  3. Natural History, American Museum of Natural History.
  4. PLOS publications (especially PLOS-ONE and PLOS-BIOLOGY journals),
  5. Scientific American, Nature America, Inc., Springer Nature.
  6. Texas Science Teacher, Science Teachers Association of Texas.
  7. The Science Teacher, National Science Teachers Association.

Other Resources

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1994). Benchmarks for Science Literacy (Project 2061). First Edition. Oxford University Press.

  2. Audesirk, T., Audesirk, G., and Byers, B. (2016). Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, Tenth Edition. Pearson.

  3. Bidlack, J. E. and Jansky, S. H. (2017). Stern’s Introductory Plant Biology, Fourteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  4. Bybee, R. W., Powell, J. C., and Trowbridge, L. W. (2007). Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy, Ninth Edition. Pearson.

  5. Chiappetta, E. L. and Koballa, T. R. (2014). Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools, Eighth Edition. Pearson.

  6. Cunningham, W. P., and Cunningham, M. A. (2009). Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Thirteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  7. Dolphin, W. D. (2010). Biological Investigations: Form, Function, Diversity, and Process (Lab Manual), Ninth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  8. Ebenezer, J., and Haggerty, S. (1999). Becoming a Secondary School Science Teacher, First Edition. Prentice-Hall.

  9. Enger, E. D., Ross, F., and Bailey, D. (2011). Concepts in Biology, Fourteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  10. Freeman, S., Quilin, K., Allison, L., Black, M., Taylor, E., Podgorski, G., and Carmichael, J. (2017). Biological Science, Sixth Edition. Pearson

  11. Johnson, G. and Raven, P. H. (2001). Biology: Principles and Explorations. Holt, Rhinehart and Winston.

  12. Krogh, D. (2013). Biology: A Guide to the Natural World, Fifth Edition. Pearson.

  13. Mader, S. S. and Windelspecht, M. (2017). Human Biology, Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  14. Molles, M. C. (2015). Ecology: Concepts and Applications, Seventh Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  15. National Research Council. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington, District of Columbia. National Academy Press.

  16. Nebel, B. J., and Wright, R. T. (1999). Environmental Science: The Way the World Works, Seventh Edition. Prentice-Hall.

  17. Ramig, J., Bailer, J., and Ramsey, J. (1994). Teaching Science Process Skills. Good Apple Inc.

  18. Rezba, R.J., Sprague, C. R., McDonnough, J. T., and Matkins, J. J. (2007). Learning and Assessing Science Process Skills, Fifth Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

  19. Rosenbaum, P. (2010). Volpe’s Understanding Evolution, Seventh Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  20. Starr, C., Taggart, R., Evers, C., and Starr, L. (2015). Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, Fourteenth Edition. Brooks Cole.

  21. Urry, L. A., Cain, M. L., Wasserman, S. A., Minorsky, P. V., and Reece, J. B. (2016). Campbell Biology, Eleventh Edition. Pearson.

Online Resources

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science —
  2. American Institute of Biological Sciences —
  3. National Association of Biology Teachers —
  4. National Science Teachers Association —
  5. Texas Education Agency (especially for (a) TEKS and (b) safety standards) —

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