Elementary Resources

These materials are available for students, professors of UNI and area teachers to check out. They may be previewed in McCollum Science Hall 160. Request materials for check out by emailing serc@uni.edu or by calling (319) 273-6912.  For more information about our resources and how to check out kits, please click here.

Teaching -  Pedagogy

AAAS. (1993). Benchmarks for Science Literacy Project 2061. 

AAAS. (2001). Atlas of Science Literacy. NSTA.

Beisenherz, Paul and Dantonio, Maylar. (1996). Using the Learning Cycle to Teach Physical Science.  Heineman.

Brunsell, Eric. Readings in Science Methods, K-8. (2008) NSTA Press.

Bowers, P. & Rhoton, J. (1997). Issues in Science Education. NSTA.

Klentschy, Michael P. Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms. (2008) NSTA Press.

Koch, Janice. (1999).  Science Stories: Teachers and Children as Science Learners.  Houghton Mifflin.

Kwan, T & Texley, J. (2002). Exploring Safely: A Guide for Elementary Teachers. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

National Research Council. (1996) National Science Education Standards. (NRC). Washington DC: National Academy Press.

National Research Council. (1997). NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards: Elementary School Edition.

National Research Council. (2000). How People Learn. Washington, D.C. National Academics Press.

National Research Council. (2005). How Students Learn. Washington, D.C. National Academics Press.

Renner, John & Marek, Edmund.  (1988).  The Learning Cycle and Elementary School Science Teaching. Heineman Educational Books.


Activity Books

A Head Start on Science Encouraging a Sense of Wonder. (2007) NSTA Press. More Picture - Perfect Science Lessons.

Bosak, Susan. (2000). Science Is … Scholastic, Canada.

Butzow, Carol M. and Butzow, John W. (1994).  Intermediate Science Through Children’s LiteratureOver Land and Sea. Teacher Ideas Press.

Greenler R., Greenler J., Lauffer D. & Williams P. (2003). Spiraling Through Life With Fast Plants. Dubuque, IA: Kendal/Hunt Publishing.

Hanson T, & Slesnick I. (2006). Adventures in Paleontology: 36 Classroom Activities. Arlington, V. NSTA Press.

If You Build it, They Will Learn. (2006) NSTA Press.

Ingram, Mrill.  (2003).  Bottle Biology:  An Idea Book for Exploring the World Through Soda Bottles and Other Recyclable Materials. 2nd. Ed. Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

Lawrence Hall of Science. (2000). Once Upon a GEMS Guide. University of California, Berkeley.

Sarquis, Jerry L., and others. (1995).  Teaching Chemistry with Toys.  Learning Triangles Press.

Sarquis, Jerry L. (1997). Exploring Matter with Toys: Using and Understanding the Senses. New York: McGraw Hill.

Start Young: Early Childhood Science Activities. (2006) NSTA Press.

Taylor, B. (1998). Exploring Energy With Toys: Complete Lessons for Grades 4-8. McGraw Hill.

Taylor, Beverly A.P., Poth, James and Portman, Dwight J.  (1995).  Teaching Physics with Toys:  Activities for Grades K-9.  Learning Triangles Press.

Van Cleeve, Jan. John Wiley & Sons
(1993).  A+ Projects in Chemistry.
(1990). Biology for Every Kid.
(1989).  Chemistry for Every Kid. 
(1996).  Ecology for Every Kid.
(1991).  Earth Science for Every Kid.

Elementary Science Textbooks

Pearson - Scott Foresman

Scott Foresman Science - The Diamond Edition. (2010) Pearson Education. Units A-D, K-6.

Science - Life and Earth. Vol. 1. (2008) Pearson-Scott Foresman. Grade K-6.

Science - Physical Science, Space, and Technology. Vol. 2. (2008) Pearson-Scott Foresman. Grade K-6.

Scott Foresman Science. (2003) Pearson Education. Grade K-6 Textbook and Student Workbook.

Science Explorer:*. (2005) & Teacher's Edition (2009). Pearson Education.

  • *From Bacteria to Plants

  • *Animals

  • *Cells and Heredity

  • *Human Biology & Health

  • *Environmental Science

  • *Inside Earth

  • *Earths Changing Surface

  • *Earths Waters

  • *Weather and Climate

  • *Astronomy

  • *Chemical Building Blocks

  • *Chemical Interactions

  • *Motion Forces & Energy

  • *Electricity & Magnetism

  • *Sound and Light

  • *The Nature of Science and Technology

Science Explorer - Integrated Science Laboratory Manual & Teacher's Edition. (2000) Pearson Education.

Houghton Mifflin

Science - Life Science Unit A and B. (2007) Houghton Mifflin. Grades 1-6.

Science - Earth Science Unit C and D. (2007) Houghton Mifflin. Grades 1-6.

Science - Physical Science Unit E and F. (2007) Houghton Mifflin. Grades 1-6.

Science - Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science. (2007) Houghton Mifflin. Kindergarten.

McGraw-Hill Science

Science. (2005) MacMillan McGraw-Hill. Kindergarten.

Science - Life Science. (2005) MacMillan McGraw-Hill. Grade 1-6.

Science - Earth Science. (2005) MacMillan McGraw-Hill. Grade 1-6.

Science - Physical Science. (2005) MacMillan McGraw-Hill. Grade 1-6.

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. (2002) McGraw-Hill Science. Grades K-6. Grade Boxes include Textbooks, Teacher Guides. Many other tools for teaching.

Science Companion

Chicago Science Group, LLC. (2001) Science Companion. Levels 1-5. Teachers Guides, Masters and Student Notebook.

Harcourt Science

Harcourt, Inc. (2005) Harcourt Science. Grades Pre K-6. Textbooks, Workbooks, Teacher Guides, etc.


Kendall/Hunt. (2003) Insights: An Elementary Hands-On Inquiry Science Curriculum. Grades K-6. Teacher Guides (Spiral).


DSM (Delta Science Modules)

Physical Science Kits

Chemical Interactions (6-8)
Magnets (3-4)
Matter & Energy (5-6)
Newton's Toy Box (6-8)
Investigating Water (K-1)
Sound (3-4)
Length & Capacity (2-3)

Earth Science Kits

Amazing Air (2-3)
Earth Processes
Rocks & Minerals (5-6)
Solar System (3-4)
Weather Forecasting (5-6)
Weather Instruments (3-4)

Life Science Kits

Dinosaurs & Fossils (3-4)
DNA From Genes to Proteins (6-8)
From Seed to Plant (K-1)

Interdisciplinary Science Kits

Pollution (5-6)
You and Your Body

DSM (Delta Science Modules): Activity Guides Only

Color and Light Plant & Animal Populations (2-3)
Electromagnetism (5-6) Properties (K-1)
Force & Motion (2-3) Water Cycle (3-4)

FOSS (Full Option Science System) Kits

Grade K

Animals Two by Two Trees
Fabrics Wood & Paper

Grades 1-2

Air & Weather New Plants
Balance & Motion Pebbles, Sand, & Silt
Insects Solids & Liquids

Grades 3-4

Earth Materials Physics of Sound
Human Body Solid Earth
Ideas & Inventions Structures of Life
Magnetism & Electricity Sun, Mood, & Stars
Measurement Water

Grade 5-6

Environments Models & Designs
Food & Nutritions Solar Energy
Land Forms Variables
Levers & Pulleys Water Planet
Mixtures & Solids  

Delta Science Address

Delta Education Inc. 
 P.O. Box 3000 80 Northwest Blvd. 
 Nashua, New Hampshire 03063 


National Science Resources Center - STC

National Academy of Sciences. National Science Resources Center. (2002). Science & Technology for Children.  [STC].  Grades K-6. Teacher Guides, Student Guide & Sourcebook, Student Notebook & Activity books.

STC (Science, Technology and Children(Kits)

Grades K-1


Grades 2-3

Life Cycle of Butterflies

Grades 3-4

Plant Growth and Development

Grades 4-5

Electric Circuits
Motion and Design

Grades 5-6

Floating and Sinking
Measuring Time

Insights Kits

Grade K

Balls and Ramps

Grades 1-2

Living Things

Grades 2-3

Lifting Heavy Things
Growing Things

Grades 4-5

Bones & Skeletongs

Grades 5-6

Mysterious Powders

Carolina Biological


Activity Guides and Kits

GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science) Teacher's Guides

Those marked with * have kits.

Math Preschool-Early Elementary

Build It! Festival (K-6)
Frog Math (P-4)
Group Solutions (K-4)
Group Solutions, Too! (K-4)
Treasure Boxes (K-3)

Math Upper Elementary-Middle

In All Probability (3-6)
Math Around the World (5-8)
Math on the Menu (3-5)
Quadice (4-8)

Science Preschool-Early Elementary

Animal Defence (P-2) Liquid Explorations (P-3)
Ant Homes Under Ground (P-1) Mother Opossum and Her Babies (P-1)
Aquatic Habitats (2-6) On Sandy Shores (1-6)
Bubble Festival (K-6)* Penguins and Their Young (P-2)*
Buzzing A Hive (P-3) Secret Formulas (K-4)
Eggs, Eggs Everywhere (P-1)* Sifting Through Science (P-2)*
Elephants and Their Young (P-1) Solids, Liquids & Gasses Assembly
Hide a Butterfly (P-2) Terrarium Habitats (P-8)
Investigating Artifacts (K-8) The Gems Kit Builder's Handbook (K-8)
Involving Dissolving (P-3) Tree Homes (P-2)
Ladybugs (P-2)  

Science Upper Elementary-Middle

Acid Rain (6-9) Mapping Animal Movements (5-9)
Animals in Action (5-9) Mapping Fish Habitats (6-9)
Bubble-ology (3-9) Messages From Space (5-9)*
Chemical Reactions (4-9) Microscoping Explorations (4-9)*
Color Analyzers (5-9) Moons of Jupiter (4-9)*
Convention: A Current Event (6-9) More Than Magnifiers (6-9)
Crime Lab Chemistry (2-9) Mystery Festival (1-9)*
Discovering Density (6-9) Ocean Currents (5-9)*
Dry Ice Investigations (5-9) Of Cabbages and Chemistry (4-9)
Earth, Moon, and Stars (5-9)* Only One Ocean (5-9)
Earthworms (6-9) Oobleck (K-8)
Environmental Detectives (5-9) Paper Towel Testing (5-9)
Experimenting with Model Rockets (6-9) Plate Tectonics (6-9)*
Fingerprinting (K-8) River Cutters (6-9)
Global Warming (7-9) Schoolyard Ecology (3-8)
Height-O-Meters (6-9) Space Science Sequence (3-8)*
Hot Water and Warm Homes (4-9) Stories in Stone (4-9)
Invisible Universe (6-8) The Real Reason for Seasons (6-8)
Learning About Learning (5-9) Vitamin C Testing (4-9)
Living with a Star (6-8)  

GEMS Address

Lawrence Hall of Science 
Berkeley, CA 94720


Activity Guides

Nature Scopes

Amazing Mammals (1-2) Incredible Insects
Astrology Adventures Leat's Hear It For Herbs
Birds, Birds, Birds Pollution: Problems & Solutions
Digging into Dinosaurs Rainforest
Discovering Deserts Terrific Trees
Diving into Oceans Wading into Wetlands
Endangered Species: Wild & Rare Wild & Crafty
Geology: The Active Earth Wild About Weather

Scopes & Rander Rick Address

National Wildlife Federation
1412 16 Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

OBIS(Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies) Modules

The program consists of 93 activities which are grouped into 27 modules.

Adaptations Lawn and Pond Organism Guides
Animal Behavior Games & Simulations
Aquatic Animal Behavior Human Impact
Lawns & Fields Neighborhood Woods
Backyard Nighttime
Bio-Crafts Outdoor Study Techniques
Breakwaters & Bays Pavement & Parks
Campsite Ponds & Lakes
Child's Play Schoolyard
Desert Seashore
Forest Streams & Rivers
For Eight-to-Eleven-Year-Olds Trail
For Large Groups Wintertime
For Small Groups and Families  

OBIS Address

Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies
University of California
Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, CA 94720


TOPS (Task Oriented Physical Science)

TOPS Unit Packets

Cohesion/Adhesion (#13) Oxidation (#11)
Heat (#15) Kinetic Motion (#14)
Light (#17) Magnetism (#20)
Motion (#21) Pressure (#16)
Solutions (#12) Sound (#18)

TOPS Learning Guides

Alphabet Soup-primary Balancing-gr 3-10 (#31)
Electricity-gr 3-10 (#19) Electricity-gr 7-12 (#32)
Machines-gr 3-10 (#22) Magnetism-gr 7-12 (#33)

TOPS Address

Marson, Ron 
 Task Oriented Physical Science 
 (TOPS)Tops Learning System 
 10970 S. Mulino Road 
 Canby, OR 97013