LEVEL                TITLE                                                                                AUTHOR               BOOK #




3-8                    200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments                                               S-70

                                                                                                            Janice Van Cleave

                        This book is a collection of science experiments designed to show you that

                                science is more then a list of facts – science is fun! The 200 experiments in

                                the book take science out of the laboratory and put it into your daily life.


4-8                    Acid Rain : Student’s Handbook                                  EPA                                          E-1


                                This contains information and activities to provide a better understanding

of the acid rain problem and a greater interest in its resolution.


5-8                    Air Masses                                                                   Michigan State                        E-2


This unit focuses on the collection and use of data about changes in weather.

                                One set of weather data is provided in this unit or you could use weather from

                your local newspaper.  Prior to this unit, students should have had experience

                using thermometers for collecting temperature data. They should have learned

                that wind is moving air and can come from different directions and at different



5-8                    Amateur Radio in Space                                             NASA                                      S-2  


The Space Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) is designed to facilitate

communication between astronauts in orbit with students on the ground.

Through SAREX, astronauts make scheduled and unscheduled amateur

radio contacts from the Shuttle orbiter with schools selected through a

proposal process from around the world. These contacts energize the

participating students and families about science, technology, and learning.


7-12                  Art in Chemistry: Chemistry in Art                                Barbara A. Greenberg             S-4

                                                                                                            Dianne Petterson

Make chemistry interesting and art practical by integrating the two

subjects with scores of hands-on activities and fascinating demonstrations.

Through explorations of color, paint, clay, jewelry, photography and art

forgery, students learn fundamental principals of chemistry.


3-8                    Astronomy for Every Kid                                              Janice Van Cleave                  S-98

101 Easy Experiments That Really Work


This guide contains activities that explore how life is affected by the things

on and beyond the earth’s atmosphere as well as how celestial bodies

affect each other.


5-8                          Awesome Experiments in Force & Motion                   Michael DiSpezio                    S-181                                               

                        This book is provides activities on inertia, Newton’s laws of motion, friction,

                                gravitation, and energy


5-8                          Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound                    Michael DiSpezio                    S-182


                        This book provides activities on properties of waves such as reflection,

                        refraction and interference.




5-10                  Astronomy: Project Earth Science                               P. Sean Smith                         S-5


                        Project Earth Science: Astronomy spotlights ways to teach students about everything

from why Earth has seasons to what a light year is. For the students, hands-on, teacher-tested

activities bring the concepts of astronomy down to Earth. For the teachers, background information,

                                supplementary readings, and suggestions for integrating other disciplines provide a

                                framework to launch a successful introduction to astronomy.


K-8                   BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS :                                                National Wildlife                      E-3

                        Ranger Rick’s Nature Scope                                        Federation


This guide combines science activities in Birds, Birds, Birds  with language

                                arts, history, creative writing, geography, social studies, math, and

                                art activities to make this booklet as useful as possible.


K-8                   Bottle Biology                                                              Mrill Ingram                              S-6


                        This activity guide uses soda bottle and film cans to create complete ecosystems.

Activities include modeling a rainforest, building a decomposition column, and

designing a gardening system. Each chapter contains construction details,

background readings and assessment questions adaptable to all ages and skill levels.


5-8                    Bubble*ology                                                                   LHS GEMS                               S-7


                        Need a simple way to explore important concepts in chemistry and physics?

                                This book uses soap bubble activities-making an ideal bubble-blowing instrument,

                        using the Bernoulli principle to keep bubbles aloft, and making bubbles that last

                                for days to make science accessible and fun.


3-6                      The Budding Botanist                                                 AIMS                                        S-81


This guide provides hands-on activities that investigate the world of plants.

Particular attention is given to (1) seeds: their structure, how they grow, their

properties, and how they are dispersed; (2) plants: their structure, how plant

parts work, photosynthesis, and development of seeds and fruit. The last section

is a short look at the structure of plant cells.


4-12                  Building Big                                                                 David MaCaulay                      S-116


                        Engages readers’ imaginations and gets them thinking about structures

                                they see every day – bridges, tunnels,  skyscrapers, domes and dams.

                                Includes 5 hrs. of video on 5 cassettes.


6-10                  Chemical Reaction                                                           LHS GEMS                                S-10


An ordinary sandwich bag becomes a safe laboratory as students mix

chemicals that bubble, change color, and produce gas, heat and odor.

Students then experiment to determine what causes the heat in this

chemical reaction.


8-10                  Chemistry That Applies                                                   Michigan Department              S-11

                                                                                                            of Education

This unit helps students construct a clear understanding of how

new substances form from the old ones and how the Law of the

Conservation of Matter applies to all of these situations. It also helps

students learn to pose questions, search for solutions to problems, work

                                together with others, and value the need for evidence in making decisions.



3-8                    Classroom Critters and the Scientific Method              Sally Kneidel                           S-13


                        Do goldfish hide? Are kittens left-handed or right-handed?

                                Do anole lizards prefer mealworms or crickets? These and

                                many other questions are answered when students use the

                                37 animal-friendly, behavioral experiments found in this

                                innovative resource. Each experiment explores the five steps

                                of the scientific method: question, hypothesis, method,

                                result, and conclusion.


K-8                   Classroom GEMS Activities and Resources for                                                            S-155


                        This project is designed to provide Michigan’s citizens of tomorrow  with the

knowledge and skills to understand, value, protect, and renew our precious

                                groundwater resources.


4-8                    The Complete Science Fair Handbook                        Anthony D. Fredericks              S-14

                                                                                                            Isaac Asimov

                        This book is a systematic guide to the design and development of a successful

                                science fair. It is intended to stimulate higher levels of participation, well-designed

                                and functional projects, an abundance of originality, and your students’ deeper

                                appreciation of how they can actively participate in the scientific world.  This book

                                is also a convenient ready reference that helps teachers guide their students through

                                the exciting and dynamic world of science.


3-7                          Cool Chemistry                                                            Steven W. Moje                       S-89           

                        Believe it or not, there is a chemistry lab waiting for you in your closets

                                and kitchen cupboards! Gather your equipment, check your supplies and

                                get ready to try dozens of the coolest chemistry experiments around.


7-10                  Cosmic Classroom: Maps Models & Measurements     Space Center – Houston          S-18


By using the artifacts from the manned space program, and enlarging

                                certain concepts of astronomy and earth science, teachers are able to build

                                on their student’s natural interest in stars, planets, extraterrestrials, astronauts,

                                and a universe so vast that it can barely be imagined.


K-6                   Critters                                                                         AIMS                                        S-82


Critters contains 30 investigations involving mealworms, snails, goldfish, brine shrimp,

 earthworms, crickets, moths, and silkworms, as members of the Critter Club. Activities

 involve classification, camouflage, biomes, food chains, etc.


6-8                    Community Land Use Planning and the          Joan Chadde, Jean Dunstan    S-78

                         Visual Environment                                        Linda Rulison, Ruth Ann Smith

                                                                                                Ashley Hanson

An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit for language arts, social studies,

                                math and science.


6-12                  Doc Fizzix’s MOUSETRAP Powered Cars and Boats    Alden J. Balmer                       S-189


                        This book will help you learn the basic conceptual concepts that are needed     

                                to construct your own mouse trap car and how these concepts relate to mouse                               

                                trap car engineering through lessons on force, inertia, simple machines, and

                                energy transfer.



5-9                    Down to Earth                                                              AIMS                                        S-8


                        Down to Earth contains studies in three areas: geology, meteorology, and

                                oceanography. Students explore variables in meteorology by looking at

                                relative humidity using a wet and dry bulb thermometer and take a closer

                                look at heat absorption, the effect of the sun’s angle on energy received,

                                and evaporation rates. Other activities include finding the composition of a

hill built by students, examining the idea of mapping the ocean floor, and

calculating the amount of pollution a car produces in one minute.


5-8                    Earth, Moon, and Stars                                                Cary I. Sneider                        S-115


This guidefocuses on the shape of the Earth and gravity; moon

phases and eclipses; and the stars. In activities that involve real-world sky gazing,

students observe and record changes in the sky and create models to explain their

observations. A challenging questionnaire on the Earth’s shape and gravity can

be used as a pre- and post-assessment tool.


6-12                  Earth Systems: Educating Activities for Great Lakes Schools  Ohio Sea Grant            E-7

-          Life in the Great Lakes                                                     

-          Great Lakes Environmental Issues

-          Great Lakes Climate & Water Movement

-          Land & Water Interactions in the Great Lakes


This guide demonstrates the range of instructional opportunities available for the

classroom. The principles that guided development of the activities should also

direct their classroom use: of historical and descriptive as well as experimental data;

integration of science disciplines in a social context; and potential for collaborative

learning and group decision making


6-12                  EarthWatch: Pollution, Predation, Migration               Earthwatch Institute                 S-12


Environmental case studies to supplement the teaching of ecology and human impact.


4-9                    Electrical Connections                                                 AIMS                                        S-84


Electrical Connections is designed to clear up some of the mystery and alleviate

some of the fear regarding electricity by learning a few basic electrical concepts.

Major topics covered include: static electricity, attraction and repulsion of charges,

electrical conductors, series and parallel circuits, electrical switches, and connections

between magnetism and electricity.


7-12                  Electricity – 19                                                             TOPS Learning Systems          S-202


                        This book begins with task cards that investigate the nature of like and unlike

charges, establishing the reason why current flows through wire. Students then

improvise bulb and battery holders, and build a variety of different switches.


3-8                    Electricity – 32                                                             TOPS Learning Systems          S-199


                        Electricity requires no lab equipment or unusual supplies. Just photocopy

the 20 activity sheets, gather simple materials (like bulbs, batteries, foil and clothespins),

and you're ready to explore TOPS Learning Systems hands-on.




K-6                   Exploring Environments                                              AIMS                                        E-27


                        Exploring Environments takes students on expeditions to eight different environments.

                                Eight full color scenery posters (17”x 22”) are provided. Sample plants and animals

                                along with background information are given so that students can examine the

                                interactions between living things and see how they meet their needs. Teaching tips

                                are given for grade level spans K-2, 3-4, and 5-6. To complete the Exploring Environments             

                                activities, both the book and posters are needed.


K-12                 Exploring Matter with TOYS                                        Mickey Sarquis                         S-22


                        In this book you will find teacher-tested, motivating activities

                                that draw students in with toys, gadgetry, fun-to-do experiments,

                                and observations of scientific phenomena in everyday events.

                                Each activity contains a list of the key science topics covered

                                and process skills used, estimated time length, materials list,

                                safety and disposal procedures, step-by-step instructions, extension

                                suggestions, and reproducible handouts.


5-12                  Exploring Meteorite Mysteries                                     NASA                                       S-23


                        Teachers and scientists designed this book to engage students in inquiry science

                                with interdisciplinary connections. The study of meteorites provides a unifying theme

                                that links almost every aspect of Earth and planetary science and mathematics,

                                physics, chemistry and even biology. The effects of meteorite impacts have serious

                                implications for social science.  Many of the lessons begin with a simple activity and

                                build to more complex ones.


3-6                    Field Detectives                                                           AIMS                                        E-28


Field Detectives is designed to encourage students to look closely at the diverse

 habitats in and around their school playground. They become detectives who

search for evidence of life and clues to the natural world around them. Activities

emphasize the provision of needs within a habitat for food, water, air, shelter,

and space. Students investigate relationships found within all habitats regardless

of size or location.


4-8                    First Lego League 2001 Team Manual                         First Lego League                   S-158

                        Featuring Arctic Impact


                        A manual explaining the conditions and terms of the First Lego League

                                competition for the year 2001.


5-9                    Floaters & Sinkers                                                       AIMS                                        S-85


Floaters & Sinkers is an excellent source of hand-on activities for the middle school  student that

builds the concept of density as the ratio of mass to volume. Through a carefully planned

 series of experiences, student’s measure volume, explore the idea of space between particles

whether seen or not, discover the relationship between surface area and cargo capacity

of boats, and explore the densities and volumes of different types of spherical objects and

 irregular shaped objects.


8-10                  Food, Energy & Growth                                               Michigan Department              S-24

                                                                                                            of Education

This unit is designed to help students construct a clear understanding

                                of the ways that food is used by our bodies for energy and for the materials needed

                                for growth and repair. It has also been designed to help students learn to pose questions,

                                search for solutions to problems, work together with others, and value the need for evidence

                                in making decisions.



5-9                    From Head to Toe                                                        AIMS                                        S-86


From Head to Toe includes studies of the human body, its framework, respiratory system,

 and circulatory system. The activities focus on measurement and provide an

excellent vehicle to build self-awareness and establish a basis for a good physical

fitness program.


5-9                    Fun With Foods                                                           AIMS                                        S-87


Fun With Foods contains a series of hands-on investigations utilizing and analyzing

common foods. The wonderment and curiosity that is aroused in working with and

examining foods is the beginning of many delightful discoveries, some of which

include the percent of an orange that is edible, how effective preservatives are in

retarding the growth of mold, the presence of sugar in most foods, and

mayonnaise as an emulsion.


K-8                   Garbage and Recycling                                               Sally Morgan                           S-131

                                                                                                            Rosie Harlow

                                This guide contains experiments that look at problems of producing too

                                much garbage and explains how recycling can make our environment

                                a cleaner place.


5-10                  Geology: Project Earth Science                                   Brent A. Ford                           S-25


                        Use Project Earth Science: Geology to introduce your students to plate tectonics

and teach them what causes volcanoes and earthquakes. Lead explorations of these

and other larger-than-the-classroom geological phenomena with the teacher-tested,

Standards-based activities. Earth’s physical evolution and dynamic processes are carefully

explained in language accessible to students and teachers. Supplemental readings provide

educators with the background information to answer student questions and concerns.


7-8                          Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect                   Colin Hocking                          E-30                                                                                                                                                Cary I. Sneider           

                                                                                                                John Erickson

Richard Golden

Students explore global warming  in a wide variety of formats, from hands-on

science activities and experiments to a simulation game, analysis of articles,

a story about an island threatened by rising sea levels, and a world.


K-8                   Glow in the Dark Constellations                                  C.E. Thompson                        S-138

                        A Field Guide for Young Stargazers


                        Inside this handy beginner’s guide to stargazing, you will find dazzling glow-in-the-dark

                                illustrations of major constellations visible in each season of the year, step-by-step

                                directions for finding more then 30 stars and star groups, brief retellings of the legends

                                behind the names of the constellations and 8 simple glow-in-the-dark sky maps.


6-12                  Going Places, Making Choices                                    National 4-H Council                S-140

                        Transportation and the Environment  


                        This unit is designed to help youth understand and respond to real life

                                issues affecting their communities and lives concerning transportation and

                                mobility issues.     



5-12                  Gravity Rules!                                                                           AIMS                                        S-88


                        Gravity Rules! is an activity book and video package using the high-energy sport of

                                skydiving to teach students basic force and motion concepts. The one-hour video

features actual in-the-air scenes of skydivers performing basic and advanced

flight maneuvers. In the classroom students make simple paper models and explore

how the forces acting on the models allow them to duplicate the motions of real

skydivers. Students also collect, record, and analyze data taken directly from

instruments seen in the video. To complete the Gravity Rules! activities, both

the book and video are needed.


K-8                   The Great Lakes in my World                          Lake Michigan Federation                   S-157

                        Activities Workbook                                         Great Lakes Commission        


                        This guide focuses on the human impact on the natural processes and pollution

                                issues concerning the Great Lakes.


6-8                          The Great Lakes Kit and Educator’s Guide                The Earth Generation                S-161


                        The Great Lakes kit is designed to coordinate with Michigan’s seventh

                                grade core curriculum guidelines. The projects are designed to build

                                students awareness of some of today’s environmental issues and

                                tomorrow’s responsibilities affecting Michigan and the Great Lakes.


K-12                       Great Lakes Watershed Education Resource Kit                                                         S-170


                        This kit contains teacher resources, children literature and posters to enhance

teaching units on Great Lakes watersheds and environmental stewardship.


3-8                    Guide to the Best SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS               Janice VanCleave                    S-27


This guide will help students develop a prize winning topic and determine

 the best way to create, assemble, and present it (with special tips about

successful displays).  Try our favorite experiments on topics from astronomy

and biology to chemistry, math, and engineering.


3-8                    Guide to MORE of the Best SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS                                                 S-28

                                                                                                            Janice VanCleave

                        A second complete guide to winning science fair projects.

                                (See: Guide to the Best SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS)


K-8                   HANDS ON - Earth Science Activities                          Marvin N. Tolman                    S-29


                        More than 160 inquiry activities covering air, water, Earth,

                                ecology, meteorology, and astronomy. Each activity encourages

                                students to analyze, synthesize, and infer based on their own

                                hands-on experiences. Includes integration possibilities for other

                                disciplines, step-by-step procedures, and teacher information.


K-8                   HANDS ON – Life Science Activities                            Marvin N. Tolman                    S-30


                        More then 150 discovery experiences covering plants

                                and seeds, animal life cycles, adaptation, body structure,

                                the senses, health, nutrition, and more. Each activity

                                encourages students to analyze and synthesize information

                                based on their own hands on experiences. Includes integration

                                possibilities for other disciplines, step-by-step procedures,

                                and teacher information.



K-6                   Hands-On Nature                                                         Jenepher Lingelbach              S-117

                                                                                                                                                Lisa Purcell

Information and activities for exploring the environment with children, by

asking meaningful questions, making careful observations, testing new

ideas, and sharing thoughts and observations.


1-12                  Hands On – Save Our Streams                                    Izaak Walton                           E-10

League of America     

                        This guide will help you learn how to monitor and find out if a stream is

                                healthy. It begins with an explanation of watersheds and how water flows

                                through the soil, waterways and atmosphere. Instructions for monitoring


6-10                  Hands on Science – Electricity & Magnetism               Joel Beller                               S-196

                                                                                                            Kim Magliore


                        The best way to learn science is to do science. This guide offers 16 ready-to-use

                                activities that help your students build a solid understanding of the physical world

                                around them. Your students can experience the nature of static electricity, explore

                                the properties of magnets, construct series and parallel circuits, investigate batteries and more.


6-10                  Hands on Science - Light & Color                                Michael Margolin                     S-194


                        This supplement to teaching offers hands-on, fun activities that will turn students on

                                to science. It will open the door of discovery to your students as they explore how light

                                and color affect the world around them.

                                streams and steps to plan a science project are included.


5-6                    Hard as Ice                                                                  Michigan Department              S-31

                                                                                                            of Education

                        This unit is designed to help grade students construct a clear understanding

                                of the solid and liquid states of matter and what happens when solids melt into 

                                liquids or liquids freeze into solids. It has also been designed to help students learn

                                to pose questions, search for solutions to problems, work together with others,

                                and value the need for evidence in making decisions.


6-10                  How to…Teach with Topographic Maps                      Dana Van Burgh                      S-34

                                                                                                            Elizabeth N. Lyons

                                                                                                            Marcy Boyington

                        This “How To” guide is divided into two sections. The first section provides

                                an overview and background information on topo maps for the instructor.

                                The second section is a series of classroom activities to help teach topo

                                map skills. The guide includes a topo map produced by the United States

Geological Survey.


7-12                  How to…Write to Learn Science                                 Bob Tierney                              S-35


                        Use writing and drawing exercises to help your students experience the exhilaration

of science. The activities focus on building trust in the classroom and tapping into

students’ creativity, allowing them to express science in their own words and art

instead of memorizing it from a textbook.


K-8                   INCREDIBLE INSECTS :                                    National Wildlife                                  E-11

                        Ranger Rick’s Nature Scope                            Federation                                                                  

This guide combines science activities in Incredible Insects with language

                                arts, history, creative writing, physical education, social studies, math, and

                                art activities to make this guide as useful as possible.



5-8                    Investigating Solids, Liquids & Gases with TOYS        Jerry Sarquis                           S-38

                                                                                                            Lynn Hogue

                                                                                                            Mickey Sarquis

                        In this book you will find teacher-tested, motivating activities                Linda Woodward

                                that draw students in with toys, gadgetry, fun-to-do experiments,

                                and observations of scientific phenomena in everyday events.

                                Each activity contains a list of the key science topics covered

                                and process skills used, estimated time length, materials list,

                                safety and disposal procedures, step-by-step instructions, extension

                                suggestions, and reproducible handouts.


K-12                 In Touch With Girls and Science                                 AAAS                                       S-36


                        This manual provides activities that are designed for use with girls in school,

                                community, and home settings, such as school science and mathematics programs,

                                scouting and church-based programs, and college science and engineering student

                                societies. They can be used with the guidance of adult leaders, teachers, parents,

                                or young-adult mentors. Special emphasis is placed on having girls come in

                                contact with female role models and mentors. The activities in this manual were                                

                                selected because they foster problem-solving skills through the use of data

                                collection and analysis.


2-12                  Keeping a Nature Journal                                           Clare Walker Leslie                 S-120

                                                                                                            Charles Roth                                                   

                        Learn to observe and connect with the world around you through drawings and

                                descriptive writing.


K-8                   Lake Effects – Lake Superior Curriculum Guide          Great Lakes Aquarium             E-12


                        There are four sections of lessons in the Lake Superior Curriculum Guide

                                The Physical Lake Superior:  lessons that focus mostly on the physical

                                evolution and dynamics of Lake Superior. The Living Lake Superior:

                                activities that teach about the plants and animals for the basin, from arctic

                                disjuncts to zooplankton. The Cultural Lake Superior: lessons about

                                human dimension, including history, human geography and environmental

                                issues. Synthesis:  lessons and activities that just couldn’t be

                                categorized: truly interdisciplinary programs that go beyond the classroom walls.


K-12                 Let’s Reduce and Recycle:                                          EPA                                         S-119                       

Curriculum for Solid Waste Awareness                                                          


Designed to increase solid waste awareness and promote recycling participation

                                by children. 


6-12                  The Life of the Lakes                                                   Mich. Sea Grant Extension      S-139

                        A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery                             Mich. State University   


The purpose of this guide is to describe the current status of the Great Lake

                                fishery; to detail the Great Lake fishery of the past including the social,              

                                technological and environmental changes it has faced over time; and to

discuss fisheries issues expected in the future.



6-11                  Light – 17                                                                     TOPS Learning Systems          S-205


                        Light requires few specialty items other than pocket mirrors, blue and yellow cellophane,

penny-sized convex lenses and hand lenses with straight rigid handles. You'll need at least

2 of these hand lenses per lab group. Gather these and other simple materials, photocopy

the 36 task cards, and you're ready to explore TOPS Learning Systems hands-on.


5-7                    The Lives of Plants                                                      Michigan Department              S-39

                                                                                                            of Education


This unit is designed to help students construct a clear understanding

of the way plants perform the unique and critical energy transformation of photosynthesis.

It has been designed to help students learn to pose question, search for solutions to problems,

work together with others, and value the need for evidence in making decisions.


6-12                        Looking at Earth from Space                                       NASA                                       S-166


                        This guide was designed for teachers to focus on the study of meteorology, with application

                                to satellite imagery.


5-9                    Machine Shop                                                             AIMS                                        S-92


Machine Shop allows students to join the characters "Fantastic Force" and

"Mucky Mass" in their adventures as they discover the utility of simple machines.

Hands-on activities help students develop an understanding of the physics involved.

Students are challenged to apply their understanding to weigh each other using a

seesaw, to have tug-of-wars with pulleys, to determine how bicycle gears work,

and to construct catapults and racing machines. The pervasive concepts of

conservation of energy, forces, and power are developed through each of these

 intriguing activities.


8-12                  Magnetism – 20                                                            TOPS Learning Systems          S-206


                        These experiments reveal much about the nature of magnetic domains. Add coiled wire

and dry cells to your inexpensive "refrigerator" magnets to create a surprising array of

wonderful inventions: electromagnets, solenoids, telegraphs, buzzers, motors, generators

and relay switches. Magnetism 20 is great science, and great fun


3-8                    Magnetism – 33                                                            TOPS Learning Systems          S-198


                        Magnetism is filled with wonderful inventions that run on simple materials.

This unit uses small, rectangular, ceramic magnets about as wide as postage stamps.


K-12                 Mammal Tracks Life Size Tracking Guide                   Heartwood Press                     S-213


                        This life size tracking key will help you determine which species made the footprints

                                you are observing. It is in a three-part key…movement pattern, group, or species.

                                This is a great tool when checking out the Wolf Box for Making Tracks Kit from our

                                equipment list.


5-10                  Meteorology: Project Earth Science                            P. Sean Smith                         S-42

                                                                                                            Brent A. Ford

                        Integrated activities cover the origin and composition of the atmosphere, as well as

the variables that influence weather and affect the movement of air masses.

From studying the hydrologic cycle to reading weather maps and tracking hurricanes,

your students will become skilled weather watchers.



6-8                    Matter and Molecules                                                  Michigan State                        S-41


                        This is a teacher’s guide for the science book of Matter and Molecules, a set of

                                instructional materials about the kinetic molecular theory written at the middle

                                school level. The complete Matter and Molecules materials include a science

                                book, an activity book,  17 transparencies, three wall posters, and teachers

                                guide for both the science book and activity book.


6-10                  Methods of Motion: An Introduction to Mechanics         NSTA                                        S-43

                                                                                                            Jack E. Gartrell, Jr.

                        This manual is designed to help you introduce the daunting subject of

Newtonian mechanics to students in the middle grades. The 27 teacher-created

activities use readily available materials to combat students’ misconceptions.


K-12                 Michigan WISE Project                                                DNR                                         E-14


                        The Great Lake WISE (Waste Information Series for Education) Project is a        

                                K-12 science-based curriculum created by the Michigan Departments of

                                Natural Resources and Education to allow teachers to integrate solid waste

                                and related environmental issues into existing curricula. By encouraging students

                                to think critically about our trash dilemma and propose solutions, students learn

                                the importance of individual action and develop lifelong habits of caring for the environment.


5-12                  Microgravity                                                                 NASA                                       S-44


                        This curriculum guide defines and explains and shows how microgravity can help

us learn about the phenomena of our world. The front section of the guide is designed

to provide teachers of science, mathematics, and technology at many levels with a

                                foundation in microgravity science and applications.


4-8                    Microscopic Explorations                                             LHS GEMS                               S-45


                                This guide features 10 learning stations designed to enliven student curiosity

                                in a number of scientific fields. Using hand lenses and microscopes, students

                                observe, record, and investigate water droplets, fingerprint ridges, dollar bills,

                                insects, and much more.


K-8                   Mining for Music                                                          National Energy                       S-74


                                This guide is a multi-disciplinary unit of instruction which can be

                                successfully integrated into curricula in history, earth science, genera

                                science, math, social studies, geography, language arts, art, photography,

                                 and technology.


K-12                 Monarch Butterfly                                                        Royal Mail                               S-46


                        This manual contains ideas that you can further develop with your creativity and

                                experience. It is our hope that by carrying out the activities in this manual, the   

                                Monarch Butterfly can be protected during its journey through the cities that

                                participate in the project. The activities were designed to be used during the

 migration in the months of September, October and November.


2-8                    Mostly Magnets                                                            AIMS                                        S-101           

Mostly Magnets provides students with fascinating and enjoyable activities that

help them learn about the varied behavior of magnets and related science concepts.





5-8                          NASA’s Student Glovebox                                           NASA                                       S-165


                        This unit is designed to help you build and understand what a Glovebox is and what the

                                astronauts use it for in space.  A poster of the Glovebox parts accompanies this unit.


5-12                  Oceanography: Project Earth Science                         P. Sean Smith                         S-53

                                                                                                            Brent A. Ford  

Embark on a voyage of discovery as you steer your students through activities designed to

                                teach them about currents, waves, and tides. From an understanding of the properties

                                that make water unique, your students will get a global view of the marine environment,

                                including the impact of human activities on the oceans.


6-10                  Our Solar System – Hands on Science Series             Karen Kwitten                           S-50

                                                                                                            Steven Souza

Your students will have fun exploring the scale of the solar system, Kepler’s laws,

planets, orbits, phases of the moon, comets, and meteors. Activities have Internet

connections, suggested quiz topics and an evaluation plan.


5-9                    Our Wonderful World                                                  AIMS                                        E-29

Our Wonderful World is an environmental studies book which explores how we relate to our

surroundings. Most of the activities are appropriately implemented out-of-doors and include

these topic areas: air, water, transpiration, soil, plants, animals, and insects. Students build

a water still to extract water from the air through condensation in one activity and study the

reaction of insects to temperature changes in another.


6-12                  Out of the Rock                                                            National Energy                       S-51


                        The information and wide array activities that focus on developing an understanding

of what mineral resources are; develop awareness of the diverse and important uses

of mineral resources; develop an appreciation for the individuals who work in the mineral

resources industry; develop and understanding of the economic and environmental impact

of mineral resource development; develop more advanced learning skills including problem

solving, decision making and critical and creating thinking.


4-8                    Out of This World                                                         AIMS                                        S-102


Out of This World deals with the solar system and astronomy. It concentrates on

studies involving the planets and moon by using simulations, fact sheets, and



3-6                    Overhead & Underfoot                                                 AIMS                                        S-103


Overhead  & Underfoot is filled with investigations that focus on weather and

our natural environment. Students take a closer look at relative humidity by

building a simple hygrometer, air pressure by building a barometer, and

wind speed and direction by building an anemometer and a wind vane.

Students will also examine soil composition, pollution, insect travel, and

peanut butter and jelly geology.


7-12                  Pendulums – 01                                                           TOPS Learning Systems          S-204


                        A washer swings on a thread, sweeping the face of a cereal box. This box is covered

with a grid that measures length and amplitude. It is, in short, a classically simple TOPS learning system.


4-9                    Pendulums – 34                                                           TOPS Learning Systems          S-200


                        Task cards in this book run on little more than thread, paper clips, pennies

and masking tape. Now you can teach science on less than a shoestring and

your students will love it


5-6                    Phases of the Moon                                                         MSU                                         S-52


                        The goal of this unit is to get students to explain where the moon is in its

                                orbit when we see it as a crescent, and when it is full, and why the moon shows

                                these phases at different places in orbit.


2-6                    The Pillbug Project: A Guide to Investigation              Robin Burnett                          S-54


                        Help children see for themselves what science is all about with the perfect classroom

critter, the docile pillbug.  Organized around 10 days of activities, this innovative book

helps students explore organisms’ life cycles and environments, understand

                                scientific inquiry, and have fun.  You’ll like the practical lesson plans, assessments,

and reproducibles; kids will love the whimsical illustrations and the adventures of

Patricia Pillbug.


5-12                        Planetary Geology                                                       NASA                                       S-163                       

                        This guide provides activities on geologic processes, impact craters, planetary

                                atmosphere, planetary surface, and geologic mapping.


6-12                  Pond and Stream Safari:                                                                                             S-121

                        A Guide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates


                                Excellent resource and activities for pond and stream studies.


K-8                   Project Learning Tree                                                 American Forest                      E-15


Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT provides students

                                with opportunities to investigate environmental issues and encourages them

                                to make informed, responsible decisions.


6-12                        Project Learning Tree:            Focus on Forest           American Forest                      S-148


This module gives students a chance to examine a variety of complex environmental

issues. The activities seek to teach students how to think about the environment,

not what to think of about it.


6-12                  Project Learning Tree:            Focus on Risk              American Forest                      S-149


The activities will help students develop skills they need to participate meaningfully

in public dialogue and decision making processes that address environmental

and human health issues and personal risk.


6-12                  Project Learning Tree:            Forest Ecology             American Forest                      S-150


The activities in this module are designed to encourage students to explore and

learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on discovery and experimentation.


6-12                  Project Learning Tree                                                 American Forest                      E-16

                        Secondary Environmental Education Program            Foundation


Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT provides students with opportunities

 to investigate environmental issues and encourages them to make informed, responsible decisions.


6-12                  Project Learning Tree: Secondary Modules                American Forest                      S-151                                                                                                                                                Foundation

                          PLT’s secondary environmental education modules were developed

                                in response to a growing need and concern in America today for

                                quality environmental education materials for the secondary level.


K-12                 Project Wet                                                                  Project Wet                              E-17


                        The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation,

                                knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and

                                dissemination of classroom-ready teaching units.


K-12                 Project WILD                                                               Western Regional                    S-122

                                                                                                            Environmental Education

                        Interdisciplinary activities on wildlife appreciation, diversity, ecology,   Council           

                        and conservation.                                                                                                 


K-12                 Project WILD-Aquatic                                                  Western Regional                    S-123

Environmental Education

Interdisciplinary  curriculum/activity guide that teaches                         Council           

about wildlife and water. 


4-8                    Ray’s Reflections                                                         AIMS                                        S-108


                        Ray’s Reflections takes the students on an exciting integrated math/science

                                journey as they explore the reflection of light from plane mirrors in “The Pharaoh’s

                                Charmers,” through U-shaped and S-shaped tunnels, and play “pool” with light

                                rays, among other things. Discover how the science vocabulary used to describe

                                the behavior of light and its reflection “mirrors” is the same as the mathematical vocabulary

                                used to describe geometric points and lines.


6-8                    The Real Reasons for Season                                      Alan Gould                              S-55

                                                                                                            Carolyn Willard

                                                                                                            Stephen Pompea


This guide provides connections between the seasons,  the Sun, and the Earth.

Among its appealing features: eight attention-getting activities, including an imaginary

trip to the Sun. The book includes teacher-friendly directions, materials lists, backgrounders,

summary outlines, and reproducibles.


6-9                    River Cutters                                        University of California at Berkeley                 S-179


                        Three ways that River Cutters can fit into your curriculum: Earth Science, will help

                                your students understand the forces that shape the earth; Environmental Studies

                                will provide your students with hands-on activities that illustrate how certain human

                                activities impact natural systems; and Integrated Science can help students

                                apply concepts in physical, Earth, and environmental sciences to real world problems.


6-10                  Rocks & Minerals – Hands on Science Series              Barry Fried                              S-56

                                                                                                            Michael McDonnell

Give students the excitement of geological exploration with 18 demonstrations

covering the essentials of minerals, mineral identification, rock formation, weathering,

erosion and deposition, and fossils and geologic history. Includes complete teacher

                                support: detailed background, materials lists, safety tips, scoring rubrics,



4-12                  Rockets                                                                        NASA                                        S-57


                        This guide begins with background information on history of rocketry, scientific

                                principles, and practical rocketry. The sections on scientific principles and practical

                                rocketry focus on Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. These laws explain

                                why rockets work and how to make them more efficient. Following the background

                                sections are a series of activities that demonstrate the basic science of rocketry

                                while offering challenging tasks in design.



3-6                    Schoolyard Ecology                 Teacher’s Guide          LHS GEMS                               E-18


                        Turn your elementary students into ecologists: help them learn key ecological

                                and biological concepts as they investigate the immediate environment. This

                                guide discusses biological sampling and mapping, while also developing

                                mathematical capabilities. Students complete journals to promote a

                                language arts connection.


4-6                    Science & Stories                                                        Hilarie N. Staton                      S-185

                        Integrating Science and Literature                              Tara McCarathy


                                Bring science to life through popular literature. Grade-level appropriate

                                science correlate with easily available books and pay careful attention

                                to reading strategies, oral language skills and writing skills.


K-12                 Science Demonstration Projects in Drinking Water     EPA                                          S-60


                        This pamphlet includes a brief selection of science demonstration projects related

                                to drinking water for K-12 students. The general areas covered by the demonstration

                                projects include  the chemical/physical aspects of water, contamination and treatment

                                of drinking water, distribution and supply of drinking water, and water conservation.


4-9                    Science Equals Success                                             U.S. Department of                  S-61


                        This book is a hands-on, discovery science activity that center around

                                four EQUALS processes-problem solving, cooperative learning, spatial skills

                                and career awareness. Activities are designed to increase students’ interest

                                and motivation in math, improve confidence and competence in doing math.


K-12                 Science Experiments by the Hundreds                        Julie H. Cothron                       S-62

                                                                                                            Ronald N. Giese

                                                                                                            Richard J. Rezba

This two-book set teaches students experimental design, ways to explore

project ideas, how to write safe procedures, methods of analyzing data, and

how to write an experimental report. There is a student book and a teacher’s guide.


4-8                          Science Experiments with Sound & Music                  Shar Levine                             S-183

                                                                                                            Leslie Johnstone

                        These cool science projects will give you good vibrations! They’re

                                all about sound – where it comes from, and how it works and affects

                                us. You’ll find out some very interesting and unusual things. Open up

                                your mind (and your ears) to solve some of the weird and wonderful

                                mysteries of sound!


4-8                    Show Me How To…Write An Experimental                 Judy Fisher Shubkagel            S-66

                                    Science Fair Paper     


                        Fill-in-the-blank pages to guide students through every detail of their own projects-

                                including selecting a topic, writing the abstract, reporting results, presenting data,

                                writing a bibliography, and creating a display.


5-9                    The Sky's the Limit                                                      AIMS                                        S-110


The Sky’s the Limit invites students to explore every aspect of the science of

 aerodynamics through simple and inexpensive materials. “Flying” is magic for

children of all ages! This book attempts to clarify some of the reasons why the

magic works while preserving its sense of mystery. Students enjoy constructing

kites, paper airplanes, balloon rockets, super tubes, and much more.



4-9                    Soap Films & Bubbles                                                 AIMS                                        S-111


Soap Films & Bubbles provides extensive explorations into the behavior of soap films.

Valuable insights will be acquired through activities that are sure to intrigue students.


5-8                          Solar System Puzzle Kit                                              NASA                                       S-168


                        An activity kit that provides a 3-D picture of the solar system.


7-12                  Solutions – 12                                                              TOPS Learning Systems          S-203


                        This unit begins with corn starch. Mixed cold, it forms a coarse suspension that

clears by filtering or settling. When boiled it forms both a cloudy colloidal suspension

and clear true solution. Concepts and vocabulary learned here are then applied to a

series of tasks that clean muddy water.


7-12                  Sound – 18                                                                   TOPS Learning Systems          S-201


                        Sound requires tuning forks, but no other special equipment. Just photocopy

the 20 task cards, gather simple materials (like bobby pins, cans, soda bottles

and adding-machine tape), and you're ready to explore TOPS Learning Systems hands-on.


5-8                    Space Based Astronomy                                              NASA                                       S-67


This curriculum guide uses hands-on activities to help students and teachers

                                understand the physical science concepts that make space based astronomy possible.

(Astronomical observations made from outer space).


K-8                         Space Food and Nutrition                                            NASA                                       S-169


                        This unit explores the meals that were available from the Mercury Project to the

                                International Space Station and how it has changed and developed to meet the needs

                                of the astronauts.


5-12                  Spills and Ripples                                                        AIMS                                        S-112


                        Spills and Ripples is an innovative, exciting, and wet set of investigations

                                designed to arouse curiosity about fluid dynamics. Students improve their

                                understanding of density, pressure, and surface tension by learning to control

                                boundaries between fluids, to manipulate Cartesian divers and to construct

                                low-cost instruments, like a hydrometer and manometer.


K-12                 The Stars                                                                     H.A. Rey                                   S-129 


                                This guide provides information about constellations and their position

                                in the celestial sphere throughout the year.


6-7                    Steamed UP!                                                               Michigan Department              S-68

                                                                                                            of Education

This unit is designed to help students construct a clear understanding

                                of how evaporation and condensation work at the molecular and macroscopic levels.

                                It has also been designed to help students develop familiarity with the scientific

                                approach to experimentation and how results of such experiments can be applied

                                to real-world problems.



3-8                    Stop Faking It – Energy                                               William C. Robertson, Ph. D.   S-192


                        If you fear the study of energy is beyond you, this entertaining book will do more

                                then introduce you to the topic. It will help you actually understand it. There are

                                explanations of energy basics - work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and the transformation

                                of energy and energy as it relates to simple machines, heat energy, temperature and heat



3-8                    Stop Faking It – Force and Motion                               William C. Robertson, Ph. D.   S-193


                        Intimidated by inertia? Frightened by forces? Mystified by Newton’s laws of motion?

                                You’re not alone, and help is at hand. This is a jargon-free way to learn the background

                                for teaching middle school physical science with confidence.


5-12                        Suited for Spacewalking                                             NASA                                       S-164


                        This unit discusses the space environment, the history of spacewalking and NASA’s

                                current spacesuit. It also challenges students to design and build a spacesuit

                                prototype and to understand important topics in spacesuit design.


5-8                    Taking Charge – An Introduction to Electricity            Larry E. Schafer                       S-195


                        This guide is designed to help teachers bring the intimidating subject of

                        electricity to students in the middle grades.  Students explore static electricity

                                in the first module before seeing that static electricity can move as current

                                electricity, investigated in the second module.


K-12                 Targeting Students’ Science Misconceptions              Joseph Stepans, Ph. D.            S-197


This book provides activities to correct student misconception of physical science concepts.                    


K-9                   Teaching Chemistry with TOYS                                   Jerry Sarquis                            S-71

                                                                                                            Micky Sarquis

                                                                                                            John Williams

                        Innovative activities use everyday toys to demonstrate the principles of

chemistry in ways children easily understand. Each activity contains a

list of the key science topics covered and process skills used, estimated

time length, materials list, safety and disposal procedures, step-by-step

                                instructions, extension suggestions, and reproducible handouts.


K-9                   Teaching Physics with TOYS                                       Beverley Taylor                       S-72

                                                                                                            James Poth

                                                                                                            Dwight Portman

                        In this book you will find teacher-tested, motivating activities

                                that draws students in with toys, gadgetry, fun-to-do experiments,

                                and observations of scientific phenomena in everyday events.

                                Each activity contains a list of the key science topics covered

                                and process skills used, estimated time length, materials list,

                                safety and disposal procedures, step-by-step instructions, extension

                                suggestions, and reproducible handouts.


5-12                  Teaching Soil and Water Conservation                       The USDA Soil                         S-135

Conservation Service                                                  

                                Provides hands-on soil science and soil water activities covering topics such

                                as: organic matter, soil water holding capacity, erosion, fertilizers, bird and insects

                                forest soils.




6-12                  Telescope Power                                                         Gregory L. Matloff                       S-97


This activities book will take you through selecting, understanding

and observing with your telescope to tracking the planets, following

the stars and observing the sun. A complete guide to help you understand

the telescope.


K-12                 A Thousand Friends of Frogs                                       The Center for Global              S-130

                                                                                                            Environmental Education                                          

                                This activity guide encourages an understanding of frogs, their habitat,

                                and their roles as bio-indicators.


6-12                  Touching the Future                                                                                                                                 S-154


                        This Challenger Center Teacher Workshop demonstrates how space can be used

                                to teach skills in many disciplines. It Emphasizes experiential activities that promote

                                team learning and problem solving.


K-8                   Trees Are Terrific!                                                        National Energy                       E-19

Ranger Rick’s Nature Scope                                        Foundation


                        In this book we’ve got a lot of tree teaching ideas for you – ideas that you can

                                use throughout the year. We’ve also provided some ways you and your group can

                                “show your gratitude” to trees, such as by planting trees. This book offers ideas so

                                you have fun teaching your students about trees.


K-12                 The Universe at Your Fingertips                                  Project Astro                            S-76

                        Astronomy Activities & Resources


                        The Universe at Your Fingertips is a key product of Project ASTRO, containing

                                exemplary classroom activities selected by a team of teachers and astronomers,

                                comprehensive resource lists and bibliographies, brief background material

                                on astronomical topical, and teaching ideas from experienced astronomy educators.


K-12                 More Universe at Your Fingertips                                Project Astro                             S-77

                        Astronomy Activities & Resources       


                        More Universe at Your Fingertips is the second compilation of astronomy activities

                                and teaching resources from Project ASTRO at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

                                This book is designed to stand on its own apart from The Universe at Your Fingertips.

                                and does not require access to the other book for effective use.


K-8                   ViewFinders                                                                The Dunn Foundation              E-27


                        ViewFinders is a universally applicable upper elementary curriculum emphasizing the

                                connections between the environment, community and aesthetics. ViewFinders was

                                developed to raise awareness of the importance of the visual environment and how

                                it affects our communities and quality of life.


K-8                   Walk Around the Block                                                Ginny Graves, Hon. AIA           S-142

                        Center for Understanding the Built Environment


                        A guide that increases understanding of the architectural design, city planning

                                and human processes which influence how our cities work.


6-12                  Watermarks: Poems from the Coast of Keweenaw      Barbara Simila                        S-137


                                A poem collection celebrating Lake Superior and the Keweenaw- great

                                history lessons.


3-8                    Water Matters:                                                             NSTA Press                 

            Vol. 1   Wetlands, Water Use and Wastewater Treatment                                                       E-20

            Vol. 2   Navigation, Groundwater and Water Quality                                                               E-21

Vol. 3   Oceans, Watersheds, and Hazardous Waste                                                               E-22


                        Each Water Matters volume comes with six posters (three with text geared for

                                elementary students and three for middle level) that can be displayed separately

                                or linked together into a huge, nine-poster mural! The teacher’s guides have

                                activities that directly tie into the poster scenes, depicting wetlands, water use,

                                wastewater treatment, navigation, groundwater, water quality, oceans, watersheds,

                                and hazardous waste.


2-6                    Water Precious Water                                                AIMS                                        S-113

Water Precious Water contains investigations that relate to water awareness, water cycle,

evaporation, conservation, treatment, quality, absorption and erosion, distribution and

 water properties.


6-12                  Watershed Science for Educators                                Karen Edelstein                       S-32

                                                                                                            Nancy Trautmann                   

                                                                                                            Marianne Krasny

                        This packet is written for high school and middle school teachers and students

                                who wish to incorporate watershed monitoring into both science and humanities

                                classes or into after-school environmental or science clubs.


6-12                  Windows on the Wild - Biodiversity Basics                  World Wildlife Foundation      E-25


                        The goal of WOW is to educate people of all ages about biodiversity and to

                                stimulate critical thinking, discussion, and informed decision making on

                                behalf of the environment. The program also promotes creative partnerships

and interdisciplinary education at all levels.


4-6                    A World in Motion                                                        SAE International                    S-160


                        This guide is a fully integrated print and video program that

                                emphasizes hands-on discovery of science principles through engineering



6-8                    World of the Whitetail                                                 Wisconsin Department of         S-212

Natural Resources      


This unit is to help your students learn about the biology, ecology, and management

of whitetail deer and our relationship with them.

(NOTE: This unit is correlated with a Deer Box which we do not have access to).


K-12                 WOW!:   The Wonders of Wetlands                          Environmental Concern Inc.       E-26

                                                                                                                         The Watercourse

                        WOW!: The Wonders of Wetlands is for educators. Classroom teachers that

                                will find useful background material and stimulation activities to fit their programs.

                                The first part of WOW! is filled with background material for teachers preparing

                                wetland study units and  wetland activities.


6-8                    A Year of Math on the Internet                                     Teaching Technology              S-93


                        This book is to provide the teacher with an array of activities from which

                                to choose. The teachers can choose the activities that are most appropriate for your

                                students and the progression of your units. A computer symbol will designate

                                activities using the Internet. A Email symbol  will designate activities using the Internet

                                to send email messages.



6-8                    A Year of Science on the Internet                                Teaching Technology              S-1


                        This book is to provide the teacher with an array of activities from which

                                to choose. The teachers can choose the activities that are most appropriate for your

                                students and the progression of your units. A computer symbol will designate

                                activities using the Internet. A Email symbol  will designate activities using the Internet

                                to send email messages.