Curriculum Development

   Recent Print and Nonprint Outputs      Research and Curriculum Development  2011

Book on Lesson Study Off the Press!

A book titled Lesson Study Book 1: Planning together, learning together was published in October 2013. The book relates the actual experiences of teachers and students in conducting mathematics and science as well as learnings arising from  these experiences. As a compilation, these chapters highlight the opportunities provided for students to learn mathematics through problem solving and science through inquiry.  A common theme permeates all the chapters—both teachers and students are learning through lesson study.This collection of chapters is an innovative initiative that lays the groundwork for an implementable model of lesson study in the Philippine setting.  It is NISMED’s contribution to the ongoing search for a model of professional development that can be adapted in spite of large classes, dearth of resources, and a host of challenges faced by Filipino teachers.

The chapters offer vicarious experiences of walking in another person’s shoes. These are not prescriptions to approach a teaching-learning situation. Rather, these are narratives to reveal accounts of how students learned and what actually transpired among teachers  as  they  collaboratively planned, implemented, revised, implemented again and reflected on specific lessons in science and mathematics.

As written, these chapters depict situations teachers can easily relate to. For the teacher searching for effective alternatives to current practices, these chapters may be your answer or inspiration.

The 258-page first volume (a second is being planned) is available at the NISMED bookstore for PHP300.00.

NISMED develops teaching and learning materials in science and mathematics for basic education and teacher education. It continues to produce print materials but has launched the multimedia development project to produce online resources for teachers.

A New Module for Elementary School Science

NISMED announces the publication of a new module for classroom use titled Mixtures in the Kitchen. The module comes in two editions: one consists only of Pupils’ Activities which the individual pupil may acquire for himself or herself and on whose pages he/she may write down his or her answers. It is in a format that will hone the pupils’ reading and writing skills. But more importantly, these activities start with eliciting the pupils’ prior knowledge and provide key Filipino terms for some objects, verbs, and adjectives in line with the DepED policy encouraging use of the mother tongue to facilitate learning and understanding. The activities are inquiry-based, hands-on and minds-on. This means that they develop the manipulative as well as the science processes skills of inquiry, making use of concrete materials and allowing the learner to construct the ideas that will lead towards formulation of concepts close to or in line with current scientific knowledge and scientists’ views.

The other edition contains Teacher Materials aside from the Pupils’ Activities. This is for the teacher and contains an Overview of the unit, Reference to the PELC-BEC (as well as to the K to 12 Curriculum though the latter will not be implemented for the elementary grades until 2014 for Grade 3, Teaching Strategies Highlighted, Potential Sources of Misconceptions, Vocabulary, Teaching Plan for the Unit with the Lesson Plans, and Answers to Test Yourself, the summative test, as well as to the formative questions in each activity.

P120 for the Teacher’s Edition
P 60 for the Pupils’ Edition

NISMED comes out with book of assessment items for elementary school science

Assessment Items in Elementary School Science is a collection of multiple choice and constructed response items under the major content domains found in the Philippine Elementary Learning Competencies-Basic Education Curriculum (PELC-BEC) namely: People, Animals, Plants, Materials, Energy, Force and Motion, Earth, Weather, and Space. They are classified under the TIMSS cognitive domains of Factual Information and Conceptual Understanding for Grades 1 and 2 plus the third domain of Reasoning and Analysis from Grades 3 to 6.

These 20 or so items per grade level have been subjected to tryouts with students, item analyses, revision and review by NISMED subject area specialists, and scientists specialized in the life sciences, physical sciences, and earth sciences. They may be used by teachers to serve as models for summative assessment as well as for formative assessment with modifications.

It is hoped that these kinds of items will eventually alter the way teachers teach and what students learn. It is also hoped that teachers will learn to construct items similar to these and develop the science process/inquiry skills among school children.

The book costs P150.

Lesson Study: Planning Together, Learning Together
(In press)

New video package on Basura out

A 12-minute video on CD titled Basura: Banta sa Kalusugan was launched on 20 November 2012 during NISMED’s 48th anniversary. Designed to encourage proper disposal of wastes to safeguard health, it may also be used in lessons on the sense organs, materials, life cycles of insects, properties of matter, as well as physical and chemical change. The package includes a teaching guide suggesting questions to be asked while viewing, post-viewing activities, and strategies to be used for teaching the incorporated topics.


This site is a public service of the UP NISMED staff. It contains resources developed by the staff for k-12 science and mathematics teaching. Some of the materials have been used in classes and professional development for teachers and others are still for pilot testing. We will appreciate your feedback on these materials. You may use the comment section or send email to the author.


The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED) is the host of GIMM. GeoGebra Institute of Metro Manila (GIMM) is one of the International GeoGebra Institutes (IGI), a non-profit organization behind the free mathematics software GeoGebra.

The aim of GIMM is for teacher and researchers to work together to promote the learning and teaching of mathematics by supporting and coordinating the following activities:

  • conduct training on GeoGebra
  • develop GeoGebra teaching materials
  • offer workshops for future GeoGebra trainers
  • implement new features of GeoGebra
  • develop an online-support system for teachers
  • design and do research projects
  • make presentations at national and international conferences.