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Pendulums #01

(grades 8-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover 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. Using a stopwatch and calculator, your students will graph length vs frequency into a beautiful curve; they'll stand this curve on its head by plotting the period, then straighten it back out by squaring the period. This straight line leads directly to a simple pendulum equation with powerful applications. Math teachers, don’t miss this one!

Pendulums E-Book #01pdf

(grades 8-12)
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Measuring Length #02

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 48 page book, 16 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Play with nonstandard units of measure, then graduate to the simplicity and ease of decimal-based centimeters. Read and report measurements with plus/minus uncertainty. Estimate the height of tall buildings; reinvent the measuring wheel; improvise meter tapes; design accurate nut-and-bold Vernier calipers.

Measuring Length E-Book #02pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Graphing #03

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Measure variables, generate date tables and plot graphs. Interpreted slopes and curves in terms of concrete reality – the stretch in a rubber band or the curve in a bottle. Be amazed by unusual coordinate systems and reflecting graphs.

Graphing E-Book #03pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Balancing #04

(grades 6-11)
Soft-bound, 48 page book, 16 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Can you balance on one foot? (Impossible if the side of your foot is pressed against the wall.) Can you balance a card on a pin? (Easy if you curve the card so its center of gravity is located below the pin point.) Discover the mathematics of balancing with clever mobiles and cantilevers; apply your knowledge to art and engineering. This is a multidisciplinary delight!

Balancing E-Book #04pdf

(grades 6-11)
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Weighing #05

(grades 5-10)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes
sample book cover This book is about science ownership. Students improvise a serviceable and sensitive gram balance that supports all TOPS activities requiring weight measure. The physics of balance equilibrium, centering, sensitivity, restoring forces, reproducibility, trueness, mass vs. weight, all get real on instruments that students build themselves.

Weighing E-Book #05pdf

(grades 5-10)
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Metric Measure #06

(grades 8-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover The perfect sequel to Measuring Length: continue the study of area, volume and mass, and the metric units that measure them. Build metric models that help you visualize the number of stars in the Milky Way. Improvise a sensitive balance to verify that a cubic centimeter holds 1 mL of water and has a mass of 1 gram. By extension, 1000 mL (one liter) has a mass of 1000 grams (one kilogram) or 2.2 pounds. Estimate rice grains by area, volume and mass.

Metric Measure E-Book #06pdf

(grades 8-12)
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Math Lab #07

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Great hands-on math: assemble sequences with pennies, create art based on the Fibonacci sequence, fold clever curves, travel a Mobius strip. Go on to crack bar codes, solve puzzles, experience a generalization that turns out to be false. From limits to logarithms, build both math curiosity and math confidence.

Math Lab E-Book #07pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Math Lab Starter Kit #SK07

(grades 7-12)
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WE SUPPLY in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: index card, clear tape, masking tape, hand lens, thread, straight pins, paper clips, styrofoam cups, adding machine tape, drawing compass, ruler, crayon

Probability #08

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 28 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Involve your students in the mathematics of chance and the science of statistical analysis. Flip coins, spin an alphabet wheel, build a pinball machine based on Pascal’s Triangle, count permutations, tally combinations, plot frequency distributions, calculate odds on a paper-clip spinner, toss a pi without creating a mess!

Probability E-Book #08pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Floating and Sinking #09

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 24 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Scrutinize how some liquids float upon or sink through others. How will a candle float among these layers? Study the physics by measuring mass, displacing volumes and calculating densities. Build spring balances to measure weight and buoyancy. Discover that immersed bodies are buoyed up with a force equal to the weight of the water they displace. Eureka!

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(grades 7-12)
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Analysis #10

(grades 5-10)
Soft-bound, 48 page book, 16 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover An excellent introduction to chemical analysis, even for students with no chemistry background. Follow simple flowcharts to separate mixtures, observe safe interactions between household substances, compare pH, and more. Simple and elegant.

Analysis E-Book #10pdf

(grades 5-10)
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Analysis Starter Kit #SK10

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WE SUPPLY in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: sublimed sulfur, alum, baking soda, corn starch, fine-grained popcorn salt, fine-grained confectioners sugar, sand, cleanser, garden lime, aspirin tablets, seltzer tablets, ascorbic acid, ammonia, vinegar, tincture of iodine, aluminum foil, waxed paper, candles, red and blue litmus paper, masking tape, 10 mL graduated cylinder, dropper bottles, eye droppers, clothespins, bottle caps, index cards, straight pins. YOU SUPPLY purple cabbage, can of beets, heat source for drying (Bunsen burner, hot plate or warm radiator), and lab balances. (Purchase Weighing #05 to make an improvised balance accurate to 0.01 g. Or buy the Pocket Gram Scale, listed below, accurate to 0.1 g.)

Analysis Class Kit #CK10

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WE SUPPLY all items in our Starter Kit, in class quantities that serve up to 30 students organized into 10 lab groups. YOU SUPPLY other materials as detailed above.

Oxidation #11

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 48 page book, 16 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Discover the underlying chemical unity between things that burn, things that breathe, and things that rust. Balance chemical equations, find the percentage of oxygen in air, watch iron burn! Everything runs on common kitchen chemicals.

Oxidation E-Book #11pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Oxidation Starter Kit #SK11

(grades 6-10)
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WE SUPPLY in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: index card, aluminum foil, masking tape, test tubes, graduated cylinder, dropper bottles, super-duty D-cell batteries, tubing, clothespins, steel wool, baby food jars, birthday candles, modeling clay, rubber bands, garden lime, craft stick, wire, nail, ceramic magnet, washer

Solutions #12

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 72 page book, 28 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover 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 a clear true solution. Apply concepts and vocabulary learned here to a series of tasks that clean muddy water: Alum coagulates the clay, chlorination bleaches all traces of food coloring, but only distillation makes it pure. Use common salts to study about crystals, concentration and saturation, rates of dissolving and limits of solubility.

Solutions E-Book #12pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Solutions Supplies #SS12

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WE SUPPLY seven key chemicals: 10 mL Alum, 10 mL Copper Sulfate, 20 mL Rock Salt, 20 mL Epsom Salt, 20 mL Calcium Acetate, 20 mL Sodium Thiosulfate and 1 dropper bottle of Iodine. YOU SUPPLY everything else.

Cohesion/Adhesion #13

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 24 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Spilling over with good, clean fun: watch simple liquids heap, roll, creep, and soak as you investigate cohesion, adhesion, surface tension and capillary action. Model the hydrogen bonds that hold water together. Separate ink with chromatography, study oil slick rainbows and interference patterns.

Cohesion/Adhesion E-Book #13pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Kinetic Model #14

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 24 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover How can we determine the nature of things we can't see? Experiment with making inferences. Apply these reasoning skills to investigate the nature of solids, liquids and gases. Discover matter as a collection of particles in constant thermal motion through a variety of phenomena – diffusion, expansion, contraction, condensation, more. Whew!

Kinetic Model E-Book #14pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Kinetic Model Starter Kit #SK14

(grades 7-12)
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WE SUPPLY in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: aluminum foil, index card, masking tape, clear tape, plastic jars, graduated cylinders, thermometers (12" glass), heavy-duty D-cell batteries, straws, test tubes, syringe, pipettes, tubing, food coloring, magnet, clothespin, emergency candle, birthday candles, modeling clay, rubber bands, paper clips, straight pins, styrofoam cups, hand lens, flashlight bulb

Heat #15

(grades 8-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Study heat in all its forms, conducting through solids, convecting through fluids, and radiating through space. Experiment with heat absorbers and emitters; cooling curves that reveal the best insulators and conductors; the greenhouse effect in a glass jar. Discover that mass and temperature both matter when computing calories.

Heat E-Book #15pdf

(grades 8-12)
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Pressure #16

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 32 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Teaching about pressure is usually a matter of locating the right rubber stopper, with the correct number of holes, to fit a flask of the proper diameter, to accommodate glass tubing cut to the desired length. No wonder experiments on pressure usually end up as teacher demonstrations! We eliminate the hassle and safety hazards with rubber tubing, canning jars, rings and lids. Students construct airtight and watertight systems that measure pressure, expand balloons, siphon and pump water and more.

Pressure E-Book #16pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Light #17

(grades 6-11)
Soft-bound, 88 page book, 36 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Scrutinize the particle and wave nature of light: how it reflects, refracts, focuses; how it adds and subtracts color and splits into rainbows. Optical lab equipment usually costs big bucks. Get better results using little more than 2 ordinary hand lenses! Add an extra pair more to model working microscopes and telescopes.

Light E-Book #17pdf

(grades 6-11)
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Light Starter Kit #SK17

(grades 6-11)
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WE SUPPLY in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: aluminum foil, waxed paper, mirrors, index cards, 5 heavy-duty D-cell batteries, baby food jar, clear tape, masking tape, straws, canning ring, test tubes, pipette, rubber bands, straight pins, paper clips, thread, microscope slides, hand lenses, flashlight, clear vial

Sound #18

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Generate wave trains across greased glass with a tuning fork. Study amplitude, wavelength, and frequency. Discover relationships between intensity and amplitude, pitch and frequency. Generate longitudinal and transverse waves with a cleverly cut index card! Experiment with resonance and beats. Build a musical instrument.

Sound E-Book #18pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Electricity #19

(grades 8-12)
Soft-bound, 88 page book, 36 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Probe the nature of like and unlike charges. Improvise bulb holders, battery holders and switches to configure parallel and series circuits. Predict current flow using Ohm’s law. Construct galvanometers, variable resistors, fuses, electroscopes, wet cells, storage cells and ammeters. Split water and recombine the gases in a safe mini-explosion!

Electricity E-Book #19pdf

(grades 8-12)
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Electricity Supplies #ES19

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WE SUPPLY five hard-to-locate items: 5% HCl in a dropper bottle, six split-shot lead sinkers, one 2 1/2 inch galvanized nail, one 220 micro-Farad electrolytic capacitor, and two 100 ohm Resistor (1/2 watt). YOU SUPPLY everything else.

Magnetism #20

(grades 8-12)
Soft-bound, 72 page book, 28 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Magnets are fascinating. They provoke our curiosity. Touch a magnet to a straight pin to make another magnet. Hang this pin on a thread to make a compass. Use it to map magnetic fields around a small magnet, or a whole planet. Reverse poles on your pin, chop it into pieces, heat the attracting fragments in a candle flame. These experiments reveal much about the nature of magnetic domains. Create a surprising array of wonderful inventions: electromagnets, solenoids, telegraphs, buzzers, motors, generators and relay switches. What fun (and great science)!

Magnetism E-Book #20pdf

(grades 8-12)
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Motion #21

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 88 page book, 36 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Observe, analyze and graph motion: from ambulation, to acceleration, to colliding marbles. Study objects in orbit and in free-fall. Make jet straws, catapults, and more. Mass, inertia, balanced and unbalanced forces, acceleration, action and reaction all make sense. Thank Newton for all this fun!

Motion E-Book #21pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Machines #22

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 48 page book, 16 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Employ the TOPS advantage: build fun stuff with simple things. Devise levers, pulleys, reinvent the wheel, check gear ratios, calculate horsepower, win a tug-of-war. Use spring scales to weigh loads, measure effort, and calculate efficiency. Discover that machines save effort, but never reduce work!

Machines E-Book #22pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Rocks and Minerals #23

(grades 6-12)
Soft-bound, 88 page book, 36 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover No exotic or expensive specimens needed, and you can order support kits directly through TOPS. Examine, test and classify rock samples from your own back yard. Unearth igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic rock, then subdivide by geological formations. An egg carton organizes everything into a unique collection of personal discovery and learning. Many labs are accessible to younger kids, too.

Rocks and Minerals E-Book #23pdf

(grades 6-12)
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Rocks and Minerals Starter Kit #SK23

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WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: sand with mica, sea shells, granite, basalt, hydrochloric acid, Epsom salts, sugar, salt, pepper, chalk, candles, masking tape, modeling clay, pie tins, microscope slides, eye droppers, test tubes, 100 mL graduated cylinders, film canisters, lids, marbles. YOU SUPPLY pliers, brick, egg cartons, safety goggles, pocket calculator, tubs, and lab balances. (Purchase Weighing #05 to make an improvised balance accurate to 0.01 g. Or buy the Pocket Gram Scale, listed below, accurate to 0.1 g.)

Rocks and Minerals Class Kit #CK23

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WE SUPPLY all items in our above Starter Kit, in class quantities that serve up to 30 students organized into 10 lab groups. YOU SUPPLY other materials as detailed above.

Perfect Balance #31

(grades K-12)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Differentiated instruction at its hands-on best. Students fold, cut and tape two simply elegant (and accurate!) paper beam balances included in this book. Activity sheets prompt kids to use one balance to make quick sense of arithmetic functions and algebraic equations, and the other for a playful exploration of mass and weight. Even preschoolers will delight in age-appropriate inquiry. When you finish the unit, let students take these cheap and simple lab instruments home to wow their families. Great cross-age learning opportunities!

Perfect Balance E-Book #31pdf

(grades K-12)
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Electricity #32

(grades 3-8)
Soft-bound 64-page book with 20 activity sheet lessons
sample book cover We confidently recommend this winning (and wildly popular!) book as the best introduction to hands-on science. Kids love building simple, reliable, bulb-and-battery circuits with foil and paper clips, while learning to read instructions and work independently, one enthusiastic step at a time. Help your students discover how much they love science! This book is full of fun science activities and projects that will provide hours of fun as the kids move from one cool science project to the next. Scroll down to take a look at the free science experiment from this book.

Electricity E-Book #32pdf

(grades 3-8)
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Electricity Starter Kit #SK32

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WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: 4 size-D batteries, 4 bulbs, masking tape, aluminum foil, paper clips, rubber bands, index cards, wooden clothespins, steel wool, straight pins, balloons. YOU SUPPLY scissors, pennies and a paper punch.

Electricity Class Kit #CK32

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WE SUPPLY all items in our above Starter Kit, in class quantities that serve up to 30 students working in 15 lab pairs. YOU SUPPLY other materials as detailed above.

Magnetism #33

(grades 3 - 8)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover A most compelling and instructive follow-up to Electricity #32, and every bit as much fun. Students employ simple techniques to discover and map interacting magnetic fields, and to graph the strength of magnetic fields over distance. They build compasses, motors, buzzers, and other ingenious inventions, improvising with refrigerator magnets and cheap, simple stuff. So incredibly little teaches so much! An all-time favorite title with both students and instructors.

Magnetism E-Book #33pdf

(grades 3 - 8)
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Magnetism Starter Kit #SK33

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WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: size-D battery, thin and thick copper wire, paper clips, straight pins, aluminum foil, thread, masking tape, clear tape, styrofoam cups, index cards, plastic cups, permanent marker, nails, washers, clothespins, modeling clay, rubber bands, manila folders, rice grains. YOU SUPPLY ceramic magnets, scissors, pennies, hole punch, glass jars, staples.

Magnetism Class Kit #CK33

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WE SUPPLY all items in our above Starter Kit in quantities that serve up to 30 students working in 15 lab pairs: YOU SUPPLY other materials as detailed above.

Pendulums #34

(grades 4-9)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Time pendulums, count cycles, measure lengths, graph data, predict frequency, calculate ratios, and even discover the square root of two. Couple pendulums with a rubber band to watch the energy flow back and forth. Join four pendulums with a raft of heavy books and watch the complex harmonic motion draw a seashell pattern. Great science, great math, great art, all done with simple materials.

Pendulums E-Book #34pdf

(grades 4-9)
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Metric Measuring #35

(grades 5-9)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Meters, liters and grams are all tied to the same physical reference: a water cube that measures 1 centimeter on each side. We want your students to appreciate this elegant simplicity. So we have developed a parallel measuring system based on sugar cubes. (Purchase cube shapes, not bricks, equivalent to 1 teaspoon.) Your students will use them to develop a concrete understanding of length, area, volume and mass. Ten lessons later they will substitute the idea of water cubes and slip painlessly into metrics. Meters, liters and grams all become old friends as your students make rulers, calibrate measuring cups and improvise gram balances.

Metric Measuring E-Book #35pdf

(grades 5-9)
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More Metrics #36

(grades 6-10)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover How much is a hectoliter? Who cares? This book teaches only those metric units that are important - meters, grams and liters - plus 6 useful derivatives. Play Metric Rummy. Build an amazingly sensitive straw balance sensitive to just 1 milligram. Learn to estimate to the last uncertain digit for measuring accuracy.

More Metrics E-Book #36pdf

(grades 6-10)
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Animal Survival #37

(grades 3-8)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Something to charm every child in your class: physical activity, art, story-telling, imagining. Explore how creatures blend in, defend themselves, fly away, and otherwise survive in their environments. See how crafty great education can be!

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(grades 3-8)
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Green Thumbs: Radishes #38

(grades 3-8)
Soft-bound, 56 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Radishes aren't fussy. Provide them with a covered, moist towel, and away they grow. In just a day the seeds will sprout. By the end of the week you'll get sprouts one or two inches tall. Because radishes grow so fast, tropisms are easy to observe: see roots grow toward water, leaves tilt toward light, stems bend against gravity. Kids will draw, measure and graph growth, eat a tiny sun salad, study toxic stress!

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(grades 3-8)
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Green Thumbs: Corn and Beans #39

(grades 4-12)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 23 pages of reproducible labs and journal notes, full teaching notes.
sample book cover This book blends science, math, language and art into a grand learning experience: Plant popcorn and pinto beans; improvise lab equipment; keep a journal; learn impressive vocabulary while investigating growth patterns, photosynthesis, respiration and much more. Young adults and kids both love this program, responding with success at individual skill levels.

Green Thumbs: Corn and Beans E-Book #39pdf

(grades 4-12)
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The Earth Moon and Sun #40

(grades 5-12)
Soft-bound, 72 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Improvise compasses and quadrants to track the sun and moon across a graph paper sky. Cover a tennis ball in a beautiful earth wrapper, then tilt it towards a tennis-ball sun to comprehend seasons. Wrap a Ping-Pong ball halfway in black tape to model moon phases that wax and wane. Fathom heavenly motions indoors and out!

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(grades 5-12)
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The Planets and Stars #41

(grades 7-12)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Bring the night sky into your daytime classroom or living room. Build clever models to track the sun and stars across your ceiling. Watch constellations rise and set in a baby-food-jar ocean. Pace astonishing distances between a tennis ball sun and tiny planets. See how the Big Dipper looks from other perspectives. Heavenly!

The Planets and Stars E-Book #41pdf

(grades 7-12)
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Focus Pocus #42

(grades 5-10)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 20 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Make a canning-ring projector, a washer-lens reducer, a beverage-bottle magnifier, a soda-straw microscope, a lens platform to trace the path of refracting light rays, even a working mechanical eye that probes the mystery of nearsighted and farsighted vision. Explore angular size and graph visual acuity. Discover the inverse relationship between actual distance and apparent size.

Focus Pocus E-Book #42pdf

(grades 5-10)
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Far Out Math #43

(grades 9-12)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 14 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Build a slide rule from two pieces of folded paper and a plastic hairline. See how moving the rulers and hairline relative to each other add and subtract exponential distances which multiply and divide real numbers. Develop a concrete understanding of logarithms, learn scientific notation, compare orders of magnitude, create log graphs and more. This book is produced in partnership with NASA to inform students about the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (formerly called GLAST), launched in June 2008.

Far Out Math E-Book #43pdf

(grades 9-12)
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Scale the Universe #44

(grades 5-12)
Soft-bound, 64 page book, 9 structured activities, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Explore distance and time over 40+ orders of magnitude, from protons to the limits of our universe, from a gamma ray period to the lifespan of a red dwarf star. Beginning with familiar human dimensions, flip pages to shrink or expand towards infinity by powers of ten -- plotting, converting, scaling, and drawing in a creative, reproducible Book of Scale. This book is produced in partnership with NASA to inform students about the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (formerly called GLAST), launched in June 2008.

Scale the Universe E-Book #44pdf

(grades 5-12)
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Pi in the Sky #45

(grades 5-12)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 37 reproducible task cards, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Scrap one-size-fits-all lessons! Choose from a variety of creative science and math labs and learning systems to appropriately challenge a wide range of skill levels. Discover how astronomers use pi to determine the size and distance of heavenly objects. Investigate radian angles, visual acuity and parallax. Build an ancient navigational instrument. This book is produced in partnership with NASA to inform students about the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (formerly called GLAST), launched in June 2008.

Pi in the Sky E-Book #45pdf

(grades 5-12)
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A Summer Start #61

(grades 1-8)
Soft-bound, 88 page book, 51 classroom organizing and planning strategies for the self-contained classroom.
sample book cover Summer days are the very best time for planning! Start with a file folder for each month, draw weekly columns, and presto, you've got a planning calendar, and a pocket for filing needed resources! Our workshop-in-a-book coaches you through all phases of planning and organizing. Checklists help you remember every detail. Your school year doesn't have to feel like a struggle just to stay one day ahead. Start your new year relaxed, confident, and enthusiastic. Note: check the "get materials" tab below for special offers on Master Teacher sets.

A Summer Start E-Book #61pdf

(grades 1-8)
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Intermediate Alphabet Soup #62

(grades 4-8)
Soft-bound, 80 page book, 31 reproducible lessons for the self-contained classroom.
sample book cover A complete curriculum for your first week of school! Take your class through the alphabet -- teaching expected behaviors, solving problems, and testing skills. Do you want assignments turned in with the correct heading? Use the activity sheet "P for Paper Heading." How about managing emotions? Hand out "F for Feelings." When you want to evaluate the English skills of your new students, hand out "E is for English." Your first week in class sets the tone for the rest of the year. Make it ring with purpose and clarity. Note: check the "get materials" tab below for a special offer on our Intermediate Master Teacher set.

Intermediate Alphabet Soup E-Book #62pdf

(grades 4-8)
Downloadable PDF (8.8MB)

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Peaceful Procedures #63

(grades 1-8)
Soft-bound, 84 page book, 19 classroom management strategies for the self-contained classroom.
sample book cover Practical information like this should be core material in any course on educational methods. Peaceful techniques help you cope creatively with all major classroom responsibilities: how to write lesson plans, test students, maintain records, work with family members, manage homework, establish discipline, and more. Thirty clear, attractive, reproducible forms help you organize strategies and manage information. Backed by years of classroom development, this book takes stress out of day-to-day teaching, and puts satisfaction back in. Note: check the "get materials" tab below for special offers on Master Teacher sets.

Peaceful Procedures E-Book #63pdf

(grades 1-8)
Downloadable PDF (9.2MB)

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Primary Alphabet Soup #64

(grades 1 - 3)
Soft-bound 80-page book structures your first week of school.
sample book cover Here is a complete curriculum for your first week of school, adapted to the special needs of primary students. Each letter in the alphabet evaluates students skills, presents important behavior expectations, or gathers information you need to know. How will you evaluate student handwriting? Use "A" is for Alphabet. Do you need to teach lunchroom procedures? Try "E" is for Eating. What about home addresses and telephone numbers? Complete "H" is for Home and "U" is for U-Dial. Your first week of school makes a lasting impression. Primary Alphabet Soup helps you start right and stay on course - from A to Z. Note: check the "get materials" tab below for a special offer on our Primary Master Teacher set.

Primary Alphabet Soup E-Book #64pdf

(grades 1 - 3)
Downloadable PDF (7.4MB)

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Primary Lentil Science #71

(grades K-3)
Perfect-bound 136-page book with 56 job cards, PLUS primary support kit.
sample book cover Science, math, social studies, language, and art play creatively together in a box of silky, swooshy lentils. Exercise young imaginations and observation skills, develop language and build number sense. Provide structure to guide learning, yet freedom to allow playful exploration. With our book you also receive our complete support kit: WE SUPPLY a job box with all assorted plastic vials cut to correct sizes (you apply labels), baby food jars, sifting screens, bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BBs, craft sticks, and scoop. YOU SUPPLY lentils, bean mix, assorted containers, liter bottles, plus other recyclables and simple materials.

Primary Lentil Science BOOK only #BO71

sample book cover book only, kit not included

We highly recommend that you purchase either our complete kit with book (#71), or our combo kit with both primary and intermediate books (#C7172). At the very least, consider purchasing hard-to-locate pill vials (#V7172).

Primary Lentil Science Downloadable PDF E-BOOK only #BO71pdf

PDF e-book only (24.3 MB download), kit not included

We highly recommend that you purchase either our complete kit with book (#71), or our combo kit with both primary and intermediate books (#C7172). At the very least, consider purchasing hard-to-locate pill vials (#V7172).

Primary Lentil Science SUPPORT KIT only #KO71

kit only, book not included

WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: a job box with all assorted plastic vials cut to correct sizes (you apply labels), baby food jars, sifting screens, bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BBs, craft sticks, and scoop. YOU SUPPLY lentils, bean mix, assorted containers, liter bottles, plus other recyclables and simple materials.

Lentil Science VIALS only #V7172

28 assorted pill vials, untrimmed, in 7 different sizes

These hard-to-find vials are ALSO supplied in similar quantities in our kits. Formerly stamped "O/I" for Owens-Indiana, these same vials are now stamped "rexam" on the bottom. You do the extra work of trimming some of them to specified heights using toenail scissors, and applying labels photocopied from the book.

Primary and Intermediate books plus Combo kit #C7172

our complete primary and intermediate program

This is our best Lentil Science value. You receive both (K-3) and (3-6) books, supported by all materials in our primary kit plus additional vials, test tube, and counting grid from our intermediate kit. This kit will serve one student or two students working in a lab pair.

Intermediate Lentil Science #72

(grades 3-6)
Perfect-bound 136-page book with 58 job cards, PLUS intermediate support kit.
sample book cover Integrated science, math, art, language and social studies, further deepen concepts and skills in a box of lentils. An entire year of learning through imagination and play. Children gain understanding as they are developmentally able. With our book you also receive our complete support kit: WE SUPPLY a job box with all assorted plastic vials cut to correct sizes (you apply labels), baby food jars, sifting screens, bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BBs, craft sticks, test tube, counting grid and scoop. YOU SUPPLY lentils, bean mix, assorted containers, liter bottles, plus other recyclables and simple materials.

Intermediate Lentil Science BOOK only #BO72

sample book cover book only, kit not included

We highly recommend that you purchase either our complete kit with book (#72), or our combo kit with both primary and intermediate books (#C7172). At the very least, consider purchasing hard-to-locate pill vials (#V7172).

Intermediate Lentil Science Downloadable PDF E-BOOK only #BO72pdf

PDF e-book only (28 MB download), kit not included

We highly recommend that you purchase either our complete kit with book (#72), or our combo kit with both primary and intermediate books (#C7172). At the very least, consider purchasing hard-to-locate pill vials (#V7172).

Intermediate Lentil Science SUPPORT KIT only #KO72

kit only, book not included

WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: a job box with all assorted plastic vials cut to correct sizes (you apply labels), baby food jars, sifting screens, bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BB's, craft sticks, test tube, counting grid and scoop. YOU SUPPLY lentils, soup mix, assorted beverage containers, liter bottles, plus other recyclables and simple materials

UPGRADE To Combo Kit #UGC7172

9 extra pill vials trimmed to size, 1 counting grid, 1 test tube

Upgrade your current Primary Starter Kit to "Combo" status, to use with your current Intermediate Lentil Science book. You sort vials large to small and apply fraction labels that you photocopy from the book.

Get a Grip #73

(grades K-6)
Complete workstation, including 128 self-teaching puzzles and 40-page teacher manual.
sample book cover We supply everything you need: a cardboard job box, 4 pounds of lentils, bottle funnel, scoop, clothespin, ten jars and pill vials, and labels with easy-to-draw symbols calibrated in decimals and fractions. Kids experience science and math as process. They pour lentils, compare volumes, work with fractions, decimals, percentages, and symbolic algebra through playful trial-and-error challenges.
The only setup required for this workstation is cutting out the preprinted labels and taping them to the included jars and vials.

Get a Grip Workstation Without Lentils #NL73

add your own lentils

You get the same complete ready-to-go workstation at a cheaper price because you add your own lentils. (You'll need to buy about 4 pounds worth.)

Get a Grip Print Materials only #PMO73

128 Student Puzzles in 8 booklets, 1 Teacher's Manual

We truly admire the urge to economize by building workstations yourself. Please purchase, in addition to these print materials, a complete set of volume containers (#V73) to use as a model before you attempt to improvise additional workstations on your own. (We don't allow these print materials to be photocopied.)

Extra Get-a-Grip Volume Containers #V73

extra set of 10 vials and jars

You get the same ten volume containers that are included in our Get-a-Grip workstation. You tape on your own labels photocopied from the Teacher's Manual.

Global TOPS Resource Manual #91

(grades 3-10)
Perfect-bound, 272 page compilation, 100 reproducible activity sheets, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Take a box of 15 basic materials anywhere in the world, add a few local recyclables, and teach an amazing range of hands-on science. Topics compiled from books in our popular Activity Sheet series include balancing, electricity, magnetism, pendulums, metrics, animals and plants. No science background is assumed: these labs are supported by thorough, thoughtful user friendly teaching notes. At 66 cents per lesson, this compilation is thriftier than purchasing each book separately.

Global TOPS Resource Manual E-Book #91pdf

(grades 3-10)
Downloadable PDF (8.2MB)

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Global TOPS Starter Kit #SK91

(grades 3-10)
book not included, please order separately

WE SUPPLY the following items in quantities that serve one student or two students working in a lab pair: aluminum foil, masking tape, clear tape, 3 size D alkaline batteries, baby food jars, clothespins, paper clips, magnets, wrapping wire, iron nails, steel wool, straight pins, thread, rubber bands, flashlight bulbs, salt, and sugar

Try This On for Science #95

(grades 3-12)
Soft-bound, 96 page half-sized book, 41 stand-alone lessons, full teaching notes.
sample book cover Why buy this classic original when we've already updated all its mini-labs in color, free for the download on this website? Easy! You'll get attractive b&w masters to reproduce on any photocopier. This softbound book, with lesson notes, is a handy resource for anyone looking to fill odd bits of class time with cool hands-on explorations. (Substitute teachers, this includes you!) And of course, all stand-alone labs run on simple, cheap materials. A bargain while supplies last! We won't reprint this book when stock runs out. Titles newer than this book are not included (Lentil Science, Get a Grip, Far Out Math, Scale the Universe, Pi in the Sky, or Diving Into Pressure/Buoyancy).

Triple Magnifier Kit #100

(grades 3-12)
Three magnifiers with assembly instructions plus 24 starter activities.
sample book cover Our kit contains 3 magnifiers: A 3X Hand Lens (no assembly needed); a Gumdrop Lens with materials and instructions for building a 25X TOPScope; a Dome Lens with materials and instructions for building a 36X TOPScope. Mount specimens on baby food jars or traditional microscope slides. Explore the world of small, indoors and out, reporting discoveries on reproducible Microspecimen Reports.

Diving Into Pressure and Buoyancy - PDF #200

(grade K-12)
Downloadable pdf, 26 pages, 14 reproducible labs, full teaching notes plus student notes.
sample book cover Cartesian divers immerse students into deep understandings of floating and sinking, buoyancy, pressure, Archimedes’ principle, displacement, volume, density, weightless suspension, and more. Differentiated instruction accommodates widely divergent student ability levels and flexibly adapts to tight time schedules. You recycle your own soda bottles. We provide glass eyedroppers of appropriate size if you don’t already have your own. (This download is also available in hard copy: select 'get materials' below.)

Diving Into Pressure and Buoyancy - Printed Copy #HC200

(grade K-12)
26-page printed copy in a friction binder

We print instead of you, and pass along the shipping and handling charges.