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K-12 Curriculum/Activity Guides on Science and the Environment

(Activity guides, children’s books, references, audio tapes, videos, equipment)

May be borrowed from

Western U.P. Center for Science,

Mathematics and Environmental Education

at Michigan Technological University

105 Dillman Hall

 Tel: (906)487-3341

Fax: (906)487-1620





Science Curriculum/Activity Manuals:

Acid Rain: A Student’s First Sourcebook by EPA (Describes concepts, definitions, activities and experiments for understanding the impacts of and solutions to acid rain. Grades 4-8


Acid Rain Teacher’s Guide (GEMS) (Covers acids, bases, pH, ecosystems, and the          

effects of acid rain on plants, animals, and lakes; eight 50-minute sessions) Grades 6-10


Adopting a Stream by Steve Yates (Instructions for monitoring stream quality and            

Educational activities covering stream life) Grades 4-12    


Air, Wind & Flight by Mick Seller (Easy to make science experiments)  Grades 2-9


AIMS Magazine by AIMS Education Foundation (Activities integrating math and          

science technology) Grades K-6


Amazing Air by Henry Smith (Information experiments on air)  Grades 3-8


Amazing Animals Parts I and II by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope (Fun indoor and outdoor activities that cover mammal behavior, physiology, habitat and much more for a variety of different animals.) Grades K-6


Amazing Animals Activity Book by Scholastic (Hands on projects that teach across          

the curriculum.) Grades 1-3


Animals by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities for learning about animals) Grades 2-8


Animal Defenses (GEMS) (Activities for teaching predator-prey interactions and defenses

of dinosaurs and animals that live today) Grades Pre-2


Aquatic Exotics by Michigan and Minnesota Sea Grant Extension (Contains activities and background on aquatic exotics of the Great Lakes: purple loosestrife, zebra

mussels, spiny water flea, sea lamprey, Eurasian watermilfoil, and ruffe.) Grades 3-8


The Art and Science Connection by Kimberley Tolley. (Hands-on activities for Primary 

students explore the themes: structure, interaction and energy,) Grades K-5


The Art and Science Connection by Kimberley Tolley. (Hands-on activities for Inter-         

mediate students explore the themes: structure, interaction and energy.) Grades 6-8


Astronomy Activity Book by Dennis Schatz (Includes star finder wheel) Grades 4-12


Astronomy Star Lab by Dennis Schatz (Construct a star finder wheel, a star biography  

and plot the motion of the sun) Grades 8-12    


Astronomy: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave     (101 easy experiments that really work) Grades 2-8


Astronomy (by P. Sean Smith) (Activities for teaching Earth’s position in the solar system, Earth’s life sustaining characteristics, and misconceptions about Earth.) Grades 6-9


Best of WonderScience (Over 400 hands-on elementary science activities)     Grades K-8


Biology: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments that really work) Grades 2-8


Birds, Birds, Birds by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope (25 indoor and outdoor               

activities for young bird watchers. Covers migrations patterns, habitats, eggs,

family life, feathers and more.) Grades K-6


Bird Education Resources (Contains statistics and activities on migratory birds)Grades K-12 


Bubble-ology Teachers Guide (GEMS) (Light and color, aerodynamics,                            

chemical composition and surface tension.) Grades K-6


Cabbages & Chemistry Teacher’s Guide (GEMS) (Acids, bases, indicators, pigments,  

and concentrations. Students learn how to group chemicals by behavior and relate acids and bases to daily experiences.) Grades 4-8


Chemistry: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments that really work) Grades 2-8


Children's Groundwater Festival Outreach Packet     (A packet of teacher materials,          

lesson plans, student worksheets and resources for conducting water festivals)

Grades 1-6


The Clark Fork Watershed Education Project (An in depth look at one watershed            

in Montana. History, dynamics, ecology, human activity, includes a game.) Grade 7-12


Classroom Groundwater Education in Michigan (GEMS) (Activities and resources for

groundwater education) Grade K-6    


Clever Kids Science by Scholastic (Easy to do science experiments.)  Grades K-2


The Complete Book of the Microscope by Kristeen Rogers (Step by step instructions for

things to do with your own microscope: The microworld, the human body, plants

and fungi, the insect world, rocks to robots, past and present, practical points) Grades 6-12


Conservation Service Projects Booklet updated and revised by Carrie Cowen. (A            

starting point for groups that want to help the environment.) Grades 2-12


Crime Lab Chemistry Teacher’s Guide by (GEMS*) (Great chromatography activities) Grades 4-8


Discovering Density (GEMS) (Contains five 50-minute sessions for teaching about the    

densities of liquids in everyday life. Includes layering unknown solutions, salt solutions, mixing secret     formulas, and testing predictions.) Grades 6-10


Earth Science: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments that work) Grades 2-8


Earth Science: Middle School/Secondary Publication Packet by NASA’s                          

central operation of resources for educators Grades 5-12


Earth Science Week Magazine by American Geological Institute (A celebration           

of earth science week, includes science education standards) Grades K-12


Economics and the Environment by Teamed for Success (Includes sections ondecision making, economic institutions, government, stability and growth and the world economy) Grades 7-12


Ecosystem Matters (Activity & resource guide for environmental educators)     Grades K-12


Electricity by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities)   Grades 2-8


Elements, Mixtures, and Reactions by Mick Seller (Easy to make science experiments) Grades 2-9


Endangered Species: Wild and Rare by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope                       

(Kids learn bout the process of extinction through essays and activities,

Illustrations, nature walks, puzzles, games, crafts and more.) Grades K-6


Explore and Experiment by Jeannine Perez (Air, water, plants, animals and                

insects, planet earth) Grades K-6


Exploring Energy with Toys by Beverley Taylor (Complete lessons) Grades 4-8


Exploring Meteorite Mysteries by NASA (A teachers guide for exploring earth and space sciences) Grades 5-12


Family Science by D. Heil et al. eds. (Hands-on activities that help children tinker, test ideas and talk about science) Grades K-8


Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring by GREEN (Describes student data collection and analysis of nine water quality parameters; sources of water pollution; how to solve water quality problems) Grades 7-12   


Fingerprinting (GEMS*) (Contains 3-4 lessons on observing, classifying, drawing       

conclusions, and making inferences about fingerprints. Students make their own   

fingerprints, classify fingerprints, and solve a “crime.”) Grades 4-8


Forests— Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book by J. Kricher and S. Bennett. (Great    

reference for teaching how to draw forest plants and animals.) Grades 5-12


Frogs and Toads by Seddon Kelly Bearty and Irene Fountas. (Hands-on information and experiences about frogs and toads provide the basis for instruction in science, language arts, math, social studies, art and music.) Grades K-4


GEE-WOW! Adventures in Water Education (Interdisciplinary curriculum about water

& groundwater) Grades K-6


GEM Groundwater Overhead Transparencies (Describes and illustrates eleven groundwater concepts including water cycle, aquifers, porosity and permeability, groundwater contamination, water conservation) Grades 5-12


Geology Rocks by Cindy Blobaum. (50 Hands-on activities to explore the earth.) Grades 2-8


Global Change Education Resource Guide by NOAA, Lynn Mortensen ed. (Fact sheets articles, learning activities, and transparencies covering a wide variety of global change topics.) Grade 9-12


Global Environmental Education Resource Guide by the National Science Foundation

(Covers acid rain, defroestation, marine and estuarine pollution, ozone depletion, biodiversity, overpopulation,etc..) Grade 6-9


Great Ideas for Teaching Geology by West Publishing   Grades 4-12


Our Great Lakes Connections by Lynn Entine (A curriculum guide for teachers. Historical and culturally based ecological perspectives, navigation and environment) Grades K-8


Gravity by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities)  Grades 2-8


Groundwater: A Vital Resource by Cedar Creek Learning Center in cooperation               

with The Tennessee Valley Authority (Student activities on the water cycle,

water distribution in soils, water quality, community impacts.) Grades 3-12


Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools (GEMS) (23 activity lesson plans, teacher 

background & student worksheets for water/groundwater) Grades K-6


Groundwater Protection Education Modules (GEM) (10 activities about values                   

Classification, public health and the law, hazardous materials and land use planning) Grades 7-12


Groundwater Study Guide by Wisconsin DNR (Water cycle, groundwater movement 

household water, resource protection, value and conflict) Grades 3-12


Hands-On Earth Science Activites by Marvin N. Tolman (Thinking and reasoning       

skills along with basic earth science concepts and facts) Grades K-8


Hands-On Nature by Jenepher Lingelbach (Information and activities                           

for exploring the environment with children) Grades K-6


Hands-On Save Our Streams Teacher's Manual (Information, activities, student data  

sheets, and resources for setting up an adopt-a-stream program) Grades 1-12


Helping Your Children Learn Geography by ?   Grades K-5


H2O Below (Activity Guide for the study of groundwater) Grades 6-8


Incredible Insects by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope (Illustrated text explains               

Processes (i.e. metamorphisis), behaviors and anatomical facts (i.e. camouflage). Includes fun insect activities too.) Grades K-6


Jason Project VII Adapting to a Changing Sea Activities and background information    

for learning about marine coastal areas, organisms, engineering and diving technology Grades 4-9


Jason Project Curriculums IX Oceans & Beyond Activities and background information

for deep sea exploration and aquatic field investigations.Grades 4-9


The Kids’ Wildlife Book by Warner Shedd. (Explores animal worlds through hands-on

indoor and outdoor experiences.) Grades K-5


Lake Effects: The Lake Superior Guide by the Lake Superior Center (Background

information and activities about Lake Superior) Grades K-12


Leap Into Lakes (Teacher's manual of activities about lakes, groundwater and            

water quality) Grades K-6


Learning to Read Rocks (Fun earth science activities) Grades K-12                                                   

Let’s Hear It For Herps by Naturescope   (Contains activities for K-2, 3-5, and 6-7 for learning about reptiles and amphibians, including metamorphosis, adaptation, cold-bloodedness, and survival issues.) Grades K-7


Let’s Reduce and Recycle:Curriculum for Solid Waste Awareness by EPA                      

(Designed to increase solid waste awareness and promote recycling participation

by children. Includes clip art.) Grades K-12


Light, Color and Lenses by Pam Robson (Easy to make science experiments)     Grades 2-9


Liquid Explorations (GEMS) (Contains five classes that provide rich experiences in     

physical science for students as they observe and experiment with various liquids

and develop skills in observing, describing, comparing, classifying, recording, and

drawing conclusions.) Grades 1-3


Living Things by Harold Teter et al. (Life Science Textbook) Grades 4-9


Looking at Earth from Space by NASA (Teacher's Guide with activities for Earth and     

Space Science) Grades 5-12   


Magnets by Janice Van Cleve (Experiments and activities) Grades 2-12


Magnetism by Pam Robson (Easy to make science experiments)   Grades 2-9


Making Shapes: With Easy-to-Make Scientific Projects by Gary Gibson (Exciting       

hands-on experiments in making materials, comparing strengths of materials,

and how different materials respond.) Grades K-6


Making Waves (A detailed “how-to” & useful tips for putting on a water festival)     Grades K-12


 Mercury: In Your Community and Environment by Steve Skavroneck and Al Stenstrup Grades 6-12


Michigan WISE (Waste Information Series for Education) (Background information,          

and activities/lessons in units organized for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) Grades K-12          


Microscopic Explorations (GEMS) (Students discover the power of microcsopes as a  

tool of inquiry. Lessons for examining fingerprints, fabrics, salts, different types of

sand, kitchen powders, small creatures, and pond life. Grades 4-8


Molecules by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities)  Grades 2-8


Mr. Wizard's Supermarket Science by Roy McKie (Experiments using everyday items) Grades K-8


Mud, Muck & Other Wonderful Things (Ecology activities for classroom and field trips) Grades K-3


Out of the Rock (Activity guide to learn about mining and mineral resources)     Grades K-12


Owls: On Silent Wings by Ann C. Cooper (Information and activities)Grades 3-6


Oceans and Earth and Beyond by JASON Project (Curriculum is closely related             

to the National Science Education Content Standards, covers several subjects

in detail. Includes conservation, field investigations in ocean structure, coral reefs,

kelp forests and unexpected life) Grades 9-12


Ocean Voyagers Program by St. Norbert College (Ocean studies)   Grades K-12


Essentials of Oceanography by Tom Garrison (Textbook explanations, diagrams       

And pictures) Grades 9-12


Oceanography and Coastal Processes Resource Guide by the Institute of Marine     

Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. (Contains activities for teaching

about physical parameters, plate tectonics, marine habitats, aquatic resources,

pollution, and deep sea technology.) Grades 4-12


Paddle-to-the-Sea by M. L.Seager, R. W. Fortner, and T. A. Taylor, Ohio State Univ.         

(Contains supplemental curriculum activities to accompany Paddle to the Sea book

by Holling Clancy Hollings) Grades 2-6


Physics: For Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments in motion, heat,

light, machines, and sound)   Grades 2-8


Pollution: Problems and Solutions by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope                            

(Teaches students how to identify forms of pollution and how they can

make a difference in how to clean up the environment.) Grades K-6


Pond and Stream Safari: A Guide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Excellent     

resource and activities for pond and stream studies) Grades 6-12


Primarily Physics by Hoover & Mercier (Activities, diagrams, lessons)  Grades K-3


The Private Eye by Kerry Ruef. (A guide to developing the interdisciplinary mind, hands-on thinking skills, creativity and scientific literacy.) Grades K-12


Project Earth Science: Astronomy by Sean Smith (Background info, supplementary            

reading and suggestions for introducing kids to astronomy. Examining earth

as part of the whole solar system.) Grades 2-9


Project Learning Tree (Activity guide to learn about plants & forests) Grades Pre-8


Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) (Activities to teach about all aspects of      

water through science, math, language arts, art, & music) Grades K-10


Project WILD by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council                   

(Activities on wildlife appreciation, diversity, ecology, and    conservation) Grades K-12


Project WILD—Elementary by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council 

(Activities on wildlife appreciation, diversity, ecology, and    conservation) Grades K-6


Project WILD—Aquatic by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council         

(Curriculum/activity guide that teaches about wildlife & water) Grades K-12


Protecting Our Environment – Groundwater and Other Concerns                                 

by Kalamazoo Board of Realtors (What is groundwater, groundwater contamination,

includes lots of diagrams) Grades 6-12


Purple Loosestrife Student Workbook and Teachers Guide by MSU (Biology, ecology and management of exotic species) Grades 9-12


Recycled Crafts for Kids by Marion Elliot (Contains lots of exciting ways to use waste

materials—garbage (!) to make fun art projects.) Grades K-12


River Cutters Teacher’s Guide (GEMS)   (Activities on erosion, sequencing geologic    

events, river development, pollution, and human effects on the environment) Grades 6-9                           

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Biology by Rivers Curriculum Project (RCP) (Explores the    

diversity of plant and animal life along rivers; uses benthic macroinvertebrates as the

primary indicator of a river's health)     Grades 9-12


Rivers Curriculum Guide: Chemistry by RCP (Describes the nine water-quality tests

used to assess stream health; links water-quality test procedures to basic chemical

principles students study in class) Grades 9-12


Rivers Curriculum Guide: Earth Science by RCP (Provides information and activities

on how to use the physical features of a river to discern important clues about a

river's geological development) Grades 9-12


Rivers Curriculum Guide: Geography by RCP (Describes how the Earth's surface is

occupied and organized using the five themes of geography: location, place,

movement, regions, and human-environment interactions)  Grades 9-12


Rivers: Hands on Approach to Geography by World Book Encyclopedia (Contains         

models, experiments, and practical projects for learning about waterfalls, river

formation, drainage patterns, flood control, deltas, water cycle, and more.)

Grades 6-9


Science Art by Deborah Schecter. (Projects and Activities that teach science             

 concepts and develop process skills.)    

Grades 2-4


Science Book of Water by Neil Ardley (Contains variety of water experiments)     Grades K-3


175 Science Experiments to Amuse and Amaze Your Friends (Collection of experiments

that can be done in any household; good step-by-step instructions) Grades K-8


Science Explorer from the San Francisco Exploratorium (Science experiments for     

students and families to do at home) Grades K-8     


Science in the Water by World Book Encyclopedia (Describes what scientists                

do and gives step by step instructions for experiments) Grades 3-6


Science Magic by Alison Alexander and Susie Bower (Heat, light, mirrors, water, sound)

Grades pre-3


Science Magic for Kids by William Wellnitz (68 Simple and safe experiments)     Grades K-5


Sharing Nature With Children by Joseph Cornell (Parents’ and Teachers’ Nature Awareness Guidebook, expanded edition.) Grades K-12


The Stars by H.A. Rey (A new way to see them.)   Grades K-12


Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave. (Complete rules and

display tips for developing a science fair project. 50 step-by-step experiments.) Grades 2-8    


Guide to More of the Best Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave.                        

(Complete rules and display tips for developing a science fair project. 50 step-by-step experiments.) Grades 2-8


Schoolyard Ecology by GEMS (Teacher’s guide that combines science and math skills

for use in the school yard.) Grade 3-6


Science & Technology by Janet Stewart (Informative; includes colorful illustrations          

of dinosaurs, planets and galaxies, electricity; plus amazing experiments)

Grades 2-8


Science and Technology by Durkin Hayes (Activities and information)   Grades K-8


Science Demonstration Projects in Drinking Water by EPA Grades K-12


Science in the Water: How & Why? by World Book Encyclopedia (Contains information

and activities that explain how submarines work, parts of a river, and cleaning water) Grades 3-6


Science with Water by Helen Edom (Usborne science activities, which demonstrate     the physical properties of water) Grades Pre-3


Sharing the Joy of Nature by Joseph Cornell (Introduces the idea of “flow learning”

with great outdoor activities and games.) Grades Pre-12


Sifting Through Science (GEMS) (Activities for examining substances, floating/sinking,

magnetism, filtering, separating mixtures, recycling, and dissolving.) Grades K-2


Stories in Stone (GEMS) (Examines properties and classification of minerals and rocks,

shapes of crystals, and formation of sedimentary, igneous,and metamorphic rocks.)

Grades 4-9


Streamkeeper’s Field Guide (Watershed inventory & stream monitoring methods) Grades 7-12


Stream Scene: Watersheds, Wildlife, & People     (Curriculum materials including          

background information and activities on stream monitoring)

Grades 7-12  


Teachers World of Fresh Water by U.S. EPA (Water facts and usage information, ecosystems, water pollution and collecting and sampling) Grades 4-9


Teaching Chemistry with Toys by Sarquis, Sarquis & Williams (Collection of activities    

using and creating everyday toys)  Grades K-9


Teaching Physics with Toys by Taylor, Poth & Portman (Collection of activities using     

and creating everyday toys) Grades K-9


Teaching Science with Toys and Treats by Anne Barefoot and Judi Falen (Fun ways     

to teach science.) Grade 7-12


The Tapwater Tour by LaMotte (The hands on test kit & mini curriculum for                      

exploring drinking water. Teachers tips, pH, chlorine, metals, hardness)

Grades 3-12


Teaching Science with Everyday Things by Schmidt and Rockcastle (Contains activities

for major science topics) Grades 4-9


Teaching Soil and Water Conservation by The USDA Soil 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) Grades 5-12


The Ten-Day Water Environment Curriculum Booklet A & B by The Illinois Association    

Of Wastewater Agencies (A pre-developed program with daily topics.

A “grass-roots” approach.              

Grades 5-10


A Thousand Friends of Frogs by The Center for Global Environmental Education             

(Educator activity guide) Grades K-12


Topsoil Tour by LaMotte (Contains information, activities and supplies for conducting    

soil nutrient extractions, classifying soil texture, and testing for soil pH, potassium,

phosphorus, and nitrogen.) Grades 4-9


Wading into Wetlands by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope (Includes readings,               

hands-on activities and illustrations to color that help kids make scientific observations

about various wetlands types.) Grades K-8


Water, Paddles & Boats by Pan Robson (Easy to make experiments and explanations) Grades K-6


Water Precious Water by AIMS Activities (Collection of elementary water activities) Grades 2-6


Water Sourcebook (Activities to involve students in understanding drinking water,groundwater, wetlands, coastal waters, and wastewater treatment)

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 


Water We Here For? (Guide to early streamside education)    Grades 1-4


Water Wise: Lessons in Water Resources (Activities to increase knowledge and            

awareness about water) Grades 5-6


Weather Forecaster by B. Taylor-Cork (Records, experiments, projects, diagrams) Grades 5-9


Wee Recyclers (Contains teacher background information, hands-on activities,              

stories, songs, crafts, & additional activities) Grades Pre-2


Wheels, Pulleys, and Levers by Mick Seller (Easy to make science experiments) Grades 2-9


Where’s the Air? State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Natural Resources. (Posters,               

activity guides and CD Rom containing games and research resources.)

Grades K-12


Wild About Weather by NWF, Ranger Rick, NatureScope (Interactive activities,          

crafts, charts, weather wheels, poetry, observations and more fun ways

to learn about weather.) Grades K-6


Wild School Sites: Project Wild by Western Regional Environmental                           

Education Council (Guide to habitat improvement projects on school sites)

Grades K-12 


Wind Energy Information by U.S. Dept. of Energy (A guide for teachers) Grade 9-12


WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands (Activities to teach about all aspects of wetlands          

through science, math, language arts, art, and music) Grades K-10


*GEMS = Great Explorations in Math and Science by Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California-Berkeley


Math Curriculum / Activity Guides

Activity Math: Using Manipulatives in the Classroom by Ann Bloomer and                       

Phyllis Carlson (Ideas for using manipulatives in teaching math.)

Grades 1-12


Clever Kids by Scholastic (Entertaining hands-on activities for young children,            

helps build learning, use and enjoyment of numerical skills.)

Grades K-2


Cosmic Classroom: Stars, Planets and Satellites by Space Center Houston               

(Games and Activities designed to introduce students to astronomy based science.)

Grades 3-5


Cosmic Classroom: Living in Space by Space Center Houston                                    

(Games and Activities that demonstrate what it takes to prepare for

and live in outer space.) Grade K-2


Creative Graphing by Marji Freeman (Takes math out of the textbook and                   

applies it to real-life situations.) Grades 4-8


Every Minute Counts: making your math class work by David R. Johnson                       

(Provides secondary teachers with ideas for math teaching methods.) Grades 9-12


Family Math by Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson and Ruth Cossey                 

(Hands-on activities using household supplies that parents and their children can

do to together to enhance mathematical skills.) Grades K-9


Family Math Openers by LHS GEMS (Hands-on activity handouts from GEMS           

book for elementary students.) Grades 2-6


Family Math Workshop Folder: March 1-3, 2000 (Reference material for                     

math/science teachers, includes some activities.) Grades K-12


Great Graphing by Martin Lee and Marcia Miller (Over 60 activities for collecting,         

displaying and using data.) Grades 1-4


Group Solutions by LHS GEMS (Teachers guide of cooperative logic activities            

for children. Also provides guidelines for classroom management and effective

handling of problems that may arise.) Grades K-4


How Much is a Million by David Schwartz (Story about fun, new ways to                     

conceptualize complex numbers.) Grades 2-5


High/Scope Curriculum Series: Mathematics by Charles Hohman (Over 100 grade     

Specific hands-on activities designed for children’s cooperative small group learning.)

Grades K-3


If You Made a Million by David Schwartz (Story that explains the nuts and bolts and     

and the mystery and wonder of earning money, investing it, accruing dividends

and interest, and watching savings grow.)  Grades 2-5


In all Probability by LHS GEMS (Teachers guide for investigations in probability and     

statistics.) Grades 3-6


Interdisciplinary Science Modules by Northwoods Math-Science Center,

Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (Science and math activities that         

incorporate the use of other school subjects as well.) Grades 3-6


The M&M’s Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri (Children can play along with their     

own M&M’s as the story is read.) Grades K-1


The Magic of a Million by David Schwartz and David Whitin (Hands-on activities         

and math investigations inspired by David Schwartz’s books

How Much is a Million and If you Made a Million.) Grades 2-5


Mathematics Catalog 2000/2001 by Key Curriculum Press                                                

(Resource catalog for teachers offering CD-ROMs, books, puzzles,

and supplemental materials for teaching.) Grades 6-12


Math Activity Lesson Plans (A compilation of math lesson plans from the students          

in the Communicating Science course.) Grades K-8


Math Around The World by Braxton, Gonsalves, Lipnes and Barber [LHS GEMS]       

(A collection of 8 games, from 4 continents, which require students to use

mathematical skills. Extensions of each game permit students to explore

geography and history.) Grades 5-8


Math Through Children’s Literature: Making the MCTM Standards Come Alive by      

Kathryn Braddon, Nancy Hall and Dale Taylor (Individual activity plans for use

with a large selection of children’s books.) Grades K-6


Math Through Children’s Literature by Braddon, Hall and Taylor (Activities utilize              

enjoyable reading to communicate mathematical skills and reasoning.) Grades K-6


Mira Math Activities for Elementary School by Mira Math Publication (Math activities    

using the “mira method”.) Grades 1-6


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)                                                 

(Educational materials and products catalog for teachers.) Grades K-12


On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey by David M. Schwartz                       

(Helps children understand very large numbers and the concept that our

number system is based on units of 10.) Grades 2-5


Rivers Curriculum Guide: Mathematics by Rivers Curriculum Program [RCP]            

(Presents and Reinforces basic mathematics concepts important for science based

explorations of river and stream environments, builds graphing skills, data interpretation)

Grades 9-12


A Sampler of Family Math and Family Science Activities by Programs for                       

Educational Opportunity, University of Michigan (Contains a sample of

Math and science activities from the Family Science Program at U of M.) Grades 1-6


Schoolyard Ecology by GEMS (Teacher guide that combines science and math skills 

for use in the school yard.) Grade 3-6


Tangramables by Judi Martschinke (Activities that can be used by children of              

many different abilty levels to explore patterns and properties of shape.) Grades K-6


Treasure Boxes Teacher’s Guide by Jaine Kopp with Kimi Hosoume [LHS GEMS]          

(Exercises use collections of small items (treasure box items) in a sequence that

build one upon the other.) Grades K-3


WonderScience: Hands–on Science and Math Activities for Elementary School  Grades K-6


Teachers and Students by American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics,

and American Mathematical Society (Probability activities.)


Science Equipment


Sampling Kit for Streams, Ponds and Wetlands (Contains nets, magnifiers, tubs and   

other items for collecting and identifying aquatic organisms) Grades K-10    


Aquatic Exotics Trunk (Available from Isle Royale National Park @ 487-7152; contains

5 units with activities on exotic plant & animal species invading the Great Lakes) Grades 2-6


Dripial Pursuit (Patterned after “Trivial Pursuit”, using water-related topics) Grades 6-12


Earthwater Stencils for storm drain stenciling    Grades 6-12


Leaf prints of 24 tree species (Plastic)     Grades 2-10


Track molds and track casts Grades 2-10


Soil sieves      Grades 2-10


Enviroscape (2 x 2 ft tabletop model that demonstrates non-point sources of pollution:    

sediment, fertilizers, road salt, used motor oil, etc.)    Grades 1-8                                                   

Groundwater flow model (Tabletop model of where groundwater is found; shows how groundwater can be polluted by landfills, underground storage tanks, and      other sources using dye; illustrates connection between surface and groundwater) All ages


"Investigating Groundwater: The Fruitvale Experience" (A hands-on classroom activity  

that demonstrates the effects of groundwater contamination; students test 40

samples of "well water" & map a groundwater contamination plume) Grades 7-10                                 

The Pond (48-piece giant floor puzzle of the plants & animals that inhabit wetlands)

Grades K- 2


Puddle Pictures (Patterned after "Pictionary" using water-related words) Grades 1-5


Stream Ecology Leaf Pack Experiment Kit by LaMotte Company (Contains materials   

to conduct a variety of experiments on the role of leaves in streams, and how to

assess habitat and water quality for stream macroinvertebrates) Grades 6-1


Stream Macroinvertebrate Flashcards (Set of 18 laminated color illustrations of major    

stream/pond macroinvertebrates) Grades 6-12


Waste Hierarchy: Where Is Away?" by GEMS (Hands-on classroom activities address

four types of waste treatment practices: landfills, incineration, reuse/recycle, and source reduction) Grades 7-12     


Water Chemistry Test Kits (LaMotte tests available for: DO, pH, P, N, turbidity, hardness,alkalinity, iron, copper, silica, CO2) Grades 7-12