K-12Educational Materials on Science and the Environment


Available (on loan) from:

GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University 105 Dillman Hall  or Phone: (906)487-3341, Fax: (906)487-1620,  or  Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

ScienceCurriculum/Activity Manuals(listed alphabetically):  

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Acid Rain: A Student’s First Sourcebook by EPA  (Describes concepts, definitions,  activities and experiments for understanding the impacts of and solutions toacid rain. Activities and experiments for understanding the impacts of and solutions toacid 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  

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

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

Animals by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities for learning aboutanimals) 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

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.) Grades6-9  



Best of Wonder Science (Over 400 hands-on elementary science activities) GradesK-8

Biology: for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave (101 easy experiments that really work) Grades2-8

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



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.)  Grades4-8  

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  

Classroom Groundwater Education in Michigan (Activities and resources for groundwater education)  Grades K-6  

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 secretformulas, and testing predictions.) Grades 6-10  



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

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

Electricity by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities)   Grades2-8

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



Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring by GREEN (Describes student datacollectionand analysis of nine water quality parameters; sources of waterpollution; howto 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.”) Grades4-8  

Forests Peterson Field Guide Coloring Bookby J. Kricher and S. Bennett. (Great reference for teaching how to draw forest plants andanimals.) Grades 5-12  



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  

Gravity by Janice VanCleave (Experiments and activities)  Grades2-8

Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools (GEMS) (23 activity lesson plans, teacher background & student worksheets for water/groundwater) Grades K-6  



Hands-On Nature by Lingelbach (Information and activities for exploring the Environment with children) GradesK-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  

H 2O Below (Activity Guide for the study of groundwater) Grades6-8


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  




Lake Effects:  The LakeSuperior Guide by the Lake Superior Center (Backgroundinformation 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  

Let’s Hear It For Herps (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.) GradesK-7  

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.) Grades1-3  

Looking at Earth from Space by NASA (Teacher's Guide with activities for Earth and Space Science) Grades 5-12




Magnetism by Pam Robson (Easy to make science experiments) Grades2-9

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

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 atool of inquiry.  Lessons for examining fingerprints, fabrics, salts, different types of sand, kitchen powders, small creatures, and pond life. Grades4-8  

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)  GradesK-3




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

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

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  

Pond and Stream Safari:  AGuide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Excellent resource and activities for pond and stream studies) Grades 6-12 

PrimarilyPhysics by Hoover & Mercier (Activities, diagrams, lessons) GradesK-3

Project Learning Tree (Activity guide to learn about plants & forests) GradesPre-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—Elementary (Activities on wildlife appreciation, diversity, ecology, and conservation) Grades K-6  

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



Recycled Crafts for Kids by Marion Elliot  (Contains lots of exciting ways to use wastematerials—garbage(!) to make fun art projects.) GradesK-12  

River Cutters Teacher’s Guide (GEMS) (Activities on erosion, sequencing geologic events, river development, pollution, and human effects onthe environment) Grades 6-9  

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Biology by Rivers Curriculum Project (RCP) (Explores thediversity of plant and animal life along rivers; uses benthic macroinvertebrates as the primaryindicator of a river's health) Grades 9-12  

Rivers Curriculum Guide: Chemistry by RCP (Describes the nine water-quality tests usepo 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 activitiesonhow 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 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& 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) GradesK-8

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 (Science activities, which demonstrate the physical properties of water) Grades Pre-3

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.) Grades4-9  

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  





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 Everyday Things by Schmip and Rockcastle (Contains activitiesfor major science topics) Grades 4-9

Topsoil Tour by LaMotte  (Contains information, activities and supplies for conducting soil nutrient extractions, classifying soil texture, anpesting for soil pH, potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen.) Grades 4-9  




Water, Paddles & Boats by Pan Robson (Easy to make experiments and explanations) GradesK-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) Grades3-5  

Water We Here For? (Guide to early streamside education) Grades1-4

Water Wise: Lessons in Water Resources (Activities to increase knowledge and awareness about water) Grades 5-6

WeatherForecasterby 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 (Easy to make science experiments) Grades 2-9

Wild School Sites (Guide to habitat improvement projects on school sites)   Grades K-12

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands (Activities to teach about all aspects of wetlandsthrough science, math, language arts, art, and music) Grades K-10


*GEMS= Great Explorations in Math and Science from Lawrence Hall ofScience at Univ. of California-Berkeley








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