- K-3 primary lentil science #71
This is your best bet for fun, hands on science and math exploration for the younger set.
Think sandbox activity, the kind you used to do in the back yard.
- K-6 get a grip #73
This is your best program for introducing fun, hands-on math and science lessons with lentils.
The workstation is ready-to-go out of the box, with negligible preparation or set-up needed.
- K-12 perfect balance #31
Students build a serious science instrument applicable for projects, activities, lessons, and
experiments, for a lifetime of hands on research, fun, and learning. Best for differentiated instruction and peer teaching.
- K-12 pressure/buoyancy #200
Hands on lessons and enrichment activities to teach the science of pressure, buoyancy, displacement,
volume, density, and more. Kids of all ages can experiment their way through these projects using just a few simple items.
- 1-3 primary alphabet soup #64
Get your primary students off to their best start with these fun activities and lessons.
Worksheets are designed to assess your students needs and to communicate your behavior expectations and specific
classroom procedures you want them to follow. Best way to start the year!
- 1-8 peaceful procedures #63
Here's a collection of our best suggestions for teachers and homeschooling parents to help your
students become self-managers. Get the help you need to plan lessons and classroom activities, manage homework, as well as
our best ideas for evaluation, record-keeping, discipline and working with families.
- 1-8 a summer start #61
How to organize your best school year ever. Full of activities to help you design a year where
you can be sure you're on top of your game. Get off to your best start with confidence.
- 3-6 intermediate lentil science #72
Science fun with hands on experiments and activities designed to further student understanding
of scientific concepts. These lessons are the best for hands on, independent learning.
- 3-8 radishes #38
A fun introduction to life science. Our best program for letting younger students observe the
growth cycle of fast-growing plants. These lessons guide students through four weeks of hands on experiments with tons
- 3-8 animal survival #37
Twenty fun activities to teach students about camouflage, mimicry, fight and flight, and other
science concepts behind animal survival. Lessons include lots of hands on, creative projects to stimulate student
learning and delight.
- 3-8 magnetism #33
Hands on science at its best. These fun experiments are best used as a follow up to our
Electricity #32 module. The activities use simple items to discover magnetic fields and build motors, buzzers and
other magnetic wonders.
- 3-8 electricity #32
One of our best science programs ever for elementary and middle school age levels. Students
will have lots of fun lighting bulbs, building circuits, designing switches, popping balloons, making fuses and more.
These popular experiments are sure to spark an interest in the science of electricity.
- 3-10 global TOPS #91
A compilation of our best activities that run on just 15 common materials plus recyclables.
This amazing science resource makes lessons a breeze for the thrifty science teacher or homeschooler. Hands on experiments
are the best way to learn, so get your paper clips, batteries, flashlight bulb and other easy items to start having
- 3-12 triple magnifier kit #100
Here's a fun introduction to magnifiers for kids of all ages. Start by building your own
magnifiers, then investigate the world of small. Lesson plans and starter activities included.
- 3-12 try this on for science #95
A potpourri of science lessons selected from most TOPS titles, adapted as stand alone activities.
Best for substitute teachers looking for quick, fun, hands on experiments with easy set up.
- 4-8 intermediate alphabet soup #62
Get your elementary and middle school students off to their best start ever with these fun
activities and lessons for their first week back to school. These worksheets allow you to assess student needs while
you communicate your behavior expectations and classroom procedures. Best way to start the year!
- 4-9 pendulums #34
Hands on science and math for elementary and middle school students. Lessons include
observing, recording, graphing, and even calculating the square root of 2. For follow up projects or for older
students, check out Pendulums #01.
- 4-12 corn/beans #39
Try out this journaling project for one of the best hands on botany labs anywhere. Students
will have tons of science fun, improvising labs to study the growth of popcorn and pinto bean plants. There's lots to
learn with these activities that include charting, graphing, learning impressive vocabulary, and keeping a journal.
Great fun for kids who need to see it to believe it.
- 5-9 metric measuring #35
Learning the metric system doesn't have to be scary. Offer your students these fun, hands on
activities so they can learn by doing. These lessons use sugar cubes to create a parallel "sweet-measure" system before
switching to the metric system based on a centimeter cube of water.
- 5-10 focus pocus #42
These fun science projects use water drops to experiment with the properties of light. These
lessons will have your students creating water drop magnifiers, pin hole projectors, their very own handmade microscope,
and even an artificial eye. Lots of fun, hands on, science investigation.
- 5-10 analysis #10
These projects will have young scientists working in their own improvised chemistry labs. They will
have fun discovering and observing safe interactions between household substances, comparing pH, and much more. This is our best
introduction to the science of elementary qualitative and quantitative analysis.
- 5-10 weighing #05
Your students will enjoy improvising equal arm balances and a spring scales for fun experiments
with weight and mass. The gram balance is best saved as a thrifty measuring device for all TOPS projects requiring mass measure.
- 5-12 pi in the sky #45
Out of this world science labs with lessons developed in partnership with NASA. This book is full
of hands on math and science activities introducing your students to pi, radian angles, diameters, visual acuity and parallax.
Experiment to find out how astronomers determine the size and distance of heavenly objects.
- 5-12 scale the universe #44
Another set of activities produced in cooperation with NASA to give students a chance to make sense
of orders of magnitude. Students will create their own Book of Scale, then flip pages to shrink or expand toward infinity
by powers of ten. Plotting, converting, scaling, and drawing are just a few of the fun activities they will enjoy with
- 6-10 length #02
Your students will have fun playing with various units of measure, and the lessons will show them the
ease and convenience of using centimeters. In these creative hands-on activities, students will devise clever ways to measure,
consider measuring accuracy, and report plus/minus uncertainty.
- 6-10 graphing #03
Best projects to measure variables, generate data tables and plot graphs. These fun activities will
amaze and delight while your students find out how graphed slopes and curves correspond to concrete reality. Important hands on
lessons to help make math real.
- 6-10 probability #08
Fun, game-like activities teach students lessons about probability. Students graph results using
spinners, dice, and even improvise a pinball machine based on Pascal's Triangle. These hands on experiments give everyone a
chance to join in fun science and math exploration.
- 6-10 oxidation #11
These fun lessons point to the underlying chemical unity of things that burn, breathe and rust.
Science projects using the most basic tools â jars, candles, test tubes, water and a few other household items â will have
your students engaged in serious scientific experiments.
- 6-10 solutions #12
Mix up some hands-on fun with these science lessons on solutions. Students experiment with
purifying muddy water, distillation, solubility, saturation, crystallization and more. Best introduction to the chemistry of
- 6-10 cohesion/adhesion #13
Nothing but good, clean, science fun here. Your students will experiment with soapy water,
fresh water, corn oil and rubbing alcohol to learn lessons about cohesion, adhesion, surface tension and capillary action.
Best introduction to the physics of molecules.
- 6-10 more metrics #36
More hands on measuring fun. Students will become comfortable with common metric units â meters,
grams, and liters â plus useful derivatives. Play metric rummy, assemble an amazingly sensitive micro-balance, and learn to
estimate the last uncertain digit for accurate measurement with these fun projects.
- 6-11 balancing #04
A variety of lessons on balancing include fun, hands on projects like creating cantilevered mobiles.
Best for blending art, science, mathematics and engineering.
- 6-11 light #17
The best lessons for learning about light and optical illusions. Create a candle flame burning under
water, a penny in a cup that disappears by pouring water over it, a pinhole that turns the whole world upside-down. Theses fun,
hands-on science activities will amuse your students and demystify apparent magic.
- 6-12 rocks and minerals #23
Nothing exotic or expensive needed for these fun science activities. Learn about classifying rock
samples from your own back yard. These projects and experiments will help your students unearth igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic
rock, and subdivide by geological formations. Best for middle and high school age, but many activities are accessible to younger
- 7-12 math #07
These fun lessons read like a book of puzzles. Use math to create art projects based on the
Fibonacci sequence. In other projects, study a Mobius strip, crack codes, solve puzzles and fold clever curves for tons
of hands on math fun.
- 7-12 floating and sinking #09
Baby oil floats on rubbing alcohol, which floats on corn oil, which floats on water. How will a
candle behave in these layers? Discover the science behind these phenomena while performing fun experiments, weighing things
and measuring volumes. Lessons include activities exploring density, displacement and buoyancy.
- 7-12 kinetic model #14
Like a fun detective story, students experiment and gather evidence to determine the best explanation
of things unseen. Lessons on a variety of phenomena, including diffusion, expansion and contraction, evaporation, condensation,
melting, freezing and friction, help students understand matter as a collection of particles in constant thermal motion.
- 7-12 pressure #16
Experiments for the kids to perform themselves. These lessons will show your students the amazing science
of air pressure. Let them explore these hands on science activities to understand this invisible force in concrete terms. Doing
science yourself is still the best way to learn.
- 7-12 sound #18
Here's the best way for your kids to actually see sound! Projects include lessons on amplitude,
wavelength, and time frequency. From tin-can telephones to soda-bottle symphonies, your students will have a lot of fun
learning all about the science of sound waves.
- 7-12 motion #21
Your students will thank Newton for all this fun. Projects include building an accelerometer,
tracking collisions, building an Earth-Moon model, jet straws, a catapult and more. Lessons on mass, inertia, balanced
and unbalanced forces, acceleration, action and reaction will all make sense with these hands on activities.
- 7-12 machines #22
Kids will love these lessons about machines that reduce effort, but never reduce work. Appealing
hands on activities demonstrate how levers, pulleys, wheels, and inclined planes make work easier. For some extra fun,
kids engage in pulley tug-of-war, and compete to generate the most horsepower.
- 7-12 earth, moon & sun #40
Exciting science activity for all ages. These projects will demonstrate moon phases and why we have
seasons. Kids will improvise compasses and quadrants to track the sun and moon. Take your lessons outside for some fun
and fresh air.
- 7-12 planets & stars #41
Your best bet for daytime astronomy. Assemble models to track sun and stars across your ceiling.
Other hands on projects include pacing off the distance between a tennis ball sun and its tiny planets. Watch constellations
rise and set in a baby-food-jar ocean. Observe a model Big Dipper from other perspectives in the universe.
- 8-12 pendulums #01
With these projects, students will improvise a variety of sophisticated contrivances that swing,
bounce, and otherwise oscillate. Students count, time, chart and graph their observations. Experiments lead students to
discover a simple mathematical relationship with powerful applications. Best for sophisticated hands on math and science
using the simplest of materials.
- 8-12 metric measure #06
The best sequel lessons to Measuring Length #02. Lessons further the understanding of area, volume
and mass, and the units that measure them. Students develop a feel for metrics by constructing hands-on, actual-sized models,
then comparing how much of one metric unit it takes to make another. Full of projects that challenge students to compare,
measure and estimate.
- 8-12 heat #15
Lessons on heat in all its forms, conducting through solids, convection through fluids, and
radiating through space. Experiment with heat absorbers and emitters, cooling curves that reveal the best insulators and
conductors, and the greenhouse effect in a baby food jar. Fun learning projects that run on simple household items.
- 8-12 electricity #19
These fun projects will have your students improvising bulb and battery holders and switches to
configure parallel and series circuits. Hands on activities include constructing galvanometers, variable resistors, fuses,
electroscopes and much more! Experiment with splitting water and recombining gases in a fun, safe, mini-explosion. Best used
as follow-up to Electricity #32; lessons don't repeat.
- 8-12 magnetism #20
Magnets are fun to play with. They are perfect for science investigations. These hands on lessons will
have students experiment and transform wire, batteries, and magnets into a riveting array of inventions, including electromagnets,
buzzers, motors, generators, relay switches, and more. Best used as follow-up to magnetism #33; projects don't repeat.
- 9-12 far out math #43
Produced in partnership with NASA, these lessons will introduce your students to logarithms, and how and
why they are used in space science. By improvising and experimenting with working slide rules, you and your students discover
(hands-on, of course) how logs multiply by adding exponents.