Middle School Resource Information

Middle School Resources

All SERC resources may be reserved online by emailing your request to serc@uni.edu.

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 calling (319) 273-6912. For more information about our resources and how to check out kits, please click here.

Teaching - Pedagogy

American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1997). Resources for Science Literacy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Baker & Piburn. (1997). Constructing Science in Middle and Secondary School Classrooms. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon Publishing.

Bybee, R. (1995). Redesigning the Science Curriculum. A Report on the Implications of Standards and Benchmarks for Science Education. Colorado Springs: BSCS.

Chiappetta, E., Koballa, T. & Collette, A. (1994). Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools. 2nd Ed. Merrill Publisher.

Daniels, H. & Zemelman, S. (2004). Subjects Matters: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading. Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann.

National Research Council. (2001). Classroom Assessment and the NSES. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

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

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

National Research Council. (2000). Inquiry and the NSES. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

National Research Council. (2004). NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards Middle School Edition. 2nd ed. (1998).

National Research Council. (1999). Selecting Instructional Materials. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

Yager, R. (Ed.) (2005). Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Science Education Reform

AAAS. (2001). Atlas of Scientific Literacy. Washington, DC .

Aldridge, B. (Ed.). (1996). Scope, Sequence, and Coordination: A Framework for High School Science Education, Arlington, VA: NSTA.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Project 2061. (1993). Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

National Research Council. (1999). Designing Mathematics or Science Curriculum Programs. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

National Research Council. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

Activity Books

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

Ingram, Mrill.  (1993).  Bottle Biology:  An Idea Book for Exploring the World Through Soda Bottles and Other Recyclable Materials. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.

Liem, Tik. (1987). Invitations to Science Inquiry. 2nd. ed. Chino Hills, CA: Science Inquiry Enterprises.

Seismic Sleuths for Grades 7-12. (1994). The American Geophysical Union .

Teaching Chemistry with Toys: Activities Grades K-9. (1995). McGraw-Hill.

Taylor, Poth, & Portman. (1995). Teaching Physics with Toys: Activities for Grades K-9. Middletown, OH: Learning Triangles Press, An Imprint of McGraw-Hill.

Williams, P. (1995). Exploring With Wisconsin Fast Plants. Dubuque, IA : Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.

Wisconsin Fast Plants Manual. (1989). Burlington, NC: Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Middle School/Junior High Level Textbooks

BSCS (Biological Science Curriculum Study). (Third Edition, 2005)

Investigating Physical Systems
Investigating Earth Systems
(Teacher & Student Texts and Teacher's Resource Book, Kits)

Science Explorer (Prentice Hall Science. 2002).

Unit Texts, Teacher's Editions, Teacher's Resources & Integrated Science Laboratory Manuals.

Life Science

Bacteria to Plants
Cells and Heredity
Human Biology and Health

Physical Science

Chemical Building Blocks
Chemical Interactions
Motion, Forces and Energy
Electricity and Magnetism
Sound and Light

Earth Science

Inside Earth
Earth’s Changing Surface
Earth’s Waters
Weather and Climate

Glencoe Science (single text and modular)

Teacher Editions, Student Editions, Ancilaries

Earth Science (with National Geographic Society). (2002). 
Physical Science (with National Geographic Society). (2002). 
Life Science (with National Geographic Society). (2002).

Teacher Editions Only

Science Level Red. (2003).

Science Level Blue. (2003). 
Science: An Intro to Physical Science. (2003).

Science Plus Integrated Science

Science Plus Integrated Science (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Levels Red, Blue, and Green
Annotated Teacher Edition. (2002).

Holt Science and Technology

Holt Science and Technology (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Unit Texts (Student and Teacher Editions). (2003).
Teaching Resources & Skills Workbook (Student and Teacher Editions).

Teaching Ancillaries

Holt Science & Technology

Assessment Item Listing Introduction to Matter
Science Fair Guide
Assessment, Lab Activities, Teacher Resources, Introduction to Matter
Science Tudor (CD-ROM)
Science in the News!
           Critical Thinking Worksheets
           CNN Presents: Eye on the Environment (video)
Technology Sampler (CD-ROM)
Anthology of Science
Readings in the Content Area

Life Science

Micro-organisms, Fungi and Plants
Cells, Heredity and Classification
Human Body Systems and Health
Environmental Science

Physical Science

Interactions of Matter
Forces, Motion and Energy
Electricity and Magnetism
Sound and Light
Introduction to Matter

Earth Science

Inside Restless Earth
Earth's Changing Surface
Water on Earth
Weather and Climate

Holt Science Spectrum Physical Science. (2004).

Additional Earth Science

CPO Science: Earth & Space Science. (Cambridge Physics Outlet 2002). 
Modern Earth Science. (Glencoe-McGraw Hill 2002). 
Modern Earth Science. (Holt, Rinehart, Winston 2002).

Inquiry Texts

NSRC: National Science Resources Center (Smithsonian)

Teacher's Guides, Student Guides and Resource Books

Catastrophic Events (2000)
Earth in Space (2003)
Electrical Energy and Circuit Design (2002)
Energy, Machines, and Motion (2000)
Light (2002)
Organisms-From Macro to Micro (2003)
Properties of Matter (2000)

Inquiry Curriculum

It's About Time. (Herrf Hones Education Division).

Interactions in Physical Science. (2006).
Text, Student Workbook, Teacher's Education (vol 1-3).

Integrated Coordinated Science. (2004)
Teachers' Education Units 1-4b.

Earth Comm:
Earth System Evolution.
Earth's Dynamic Geosphere.
Earth's Fluid Spheres.

Investigating Earth System. (2001).
Modular-Teachers Guides and Student Readers.

Active Physical Science. (2005).
Text and Teachers Guides (vol. 1-3)

SEPUP: Science Education for Public Understanding Program

Student Textbooks and Teacher’s Guides (Volumes 1 & 2).

Issues, Evidence And You. (2003).
Science & Life Issues. (2001).
Science and Sustainability. (2001).

Premier: Science for Middle Schools (Frey Scientific 2002).

Teacher’s Guides

Earth-The Water Planet
Forces & Motion
Structure & Changes of Matter

Activity Guides

OBIS (Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies)

The program consists of 93 activities, which are grouped into 27 modules. 
 Call or email SERC for 93 activities.

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

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

GEMS - Great Explorations in Math and Science: Upper Elementary-Middle

Acid Rain (6-9) Life through Time (5-9)
Animals in Action (5-9) Mapping Animal Movement (6-9)
Bubble-ology (3-9) Mapping Fish Habitats (6-9)
Chemical Reactions (4-9) Messages from Space (5-9)
Color Analyzers (5-9) Microscopic Explorations (4-9)
Convection: A Current Event (6-9) Moons of Jupiter
Crime Lab Chemistry (2-9) More than Magnifiers (6-9)
Discovering Density (6-9) Mystery Festival (1-9)
Dry Ice Investigations (5-9) Ocean Currents (5-9)
Earth, Moon & Stars (5-9) Of Cabbage & Chemistry (4-9)
Earth Worms (6-9) Only One Ocean (5-9)
Environmental Detective (5-9) Oobleck (K-8)
Experimenting with Model Rockets (6-9) Paper Towel Testing (5-9)
Fingerprinting (K-8) Plate Tectonics (6-9)
Global Warming (7-9) Real Reasons for Seasons (6-8)
Height-O-Meters (6-9) River Cutters (6-9)
Hot Water & Warm Homes Schoolyard Ecology (3-8)
Invisible Universe (6-8) Stories in Stone (4-9)
Learning about Learning (5-9) Vitamin C Testing (4-9)

GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science) 
Lawrence Hall of Science Berkeley , CA 94720


Middle School Full Option Science Kits

Delta Education, Inc. (2003)

Chemical Interactions (Boxes 1-5) Human Brain & Senses (Boxes 1-4)
Diversity of Life (Boxes 1-2 + Support) Planetary Science (Boxes 1-3)
Earth History (Boxes 1-4) Populations & Ecosystems (Boxes 1-3)
Electronics (Boxes 1-2) Weather & Water (Boxes 1-3)
Force & Motion (Boxes 1-4)  


Delta Science Modules

Delta Education, Inc. (2003)

Chemical Interactions (grade 6) Pollution (grade 5)
DNA from Genes to Proteins (grade 6) Rocks and Minerals (grade 5)
Earth Processes (grade 6) Solar Energy (grade 5)
Electromagnetism (grade 5) Weather Forecasting (grade 5)
If Shipwrecks Could Talk (grade 6) You and Your Body (grade 5)
Newton's Toy Box (grade 6)  

Laboratory Materials/Equipment (available on loan to teachers)

  • Flashlights (Classroom set of 27)

  • Safety Goggles (Classroom set of 30)

  • Human Eye (plastic model)

  • Human Skeleton (plastic model)

  • Dissolved O2 Meter

  • Van de Graf Generator

  • QX3+ Computer Microscopes (student scopes and software) (5 scopes)

Vernier Support

Earth Science with Calculators (2002)
Earth Science with Computers (2003)

Probeware (Pasco, Vernier)

Available on loan to teachers. Includes all necessary accessories.

Basic Optics Materials Exercise Heart Rate Monitor
Spectrophotometer ULI Microphone
Basic Electrostatics System Light Sensor
Science Workshop (Sensors: light, rotary motion, infrared, and high SENS light) Low-G Accelerometer
CO2 Sensor, Dissolved )2 Probe and Gas Pressure Sensor Magnetic Field Sensor
Motion Detector, Turbidity Sensor, Coloimeter, pH Sensor Relative Humidity Sensor
Conductivity Probe Temperature Probes (extra-long & stainless steel)
Dual-Range Force Sensor Thermocouple
EKG Sensor Water Depth Sensor