Oriented Program in Elementary Science (COPES), Elementary Science Study (ESS), Elementary School Science Project (Astronomy) (ESSP), Minnesota Mathematics and Science Teaching Project (MINNE-MAST), Science: A Process Approach (SAPA), Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS), and Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES). Lesson plans or activities can be located on the CD-ROM using the following criteria (alone or in combination): grade level, subject, process skills, keywords, content themes, and programs. Each lesson plan has a detailed abstract that can be viewed on the screen, printed out, and used to find other, related lessons. Background information on each lesson is available, including an introduction, a listing of responsible authors, and the book's original table of contents. All lessons can be printed and copied as often as needed. Science Helper can operate on either the PC or the Macintosh platform.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Office of Education, 1997. 81 pp.
The Smithsonian Resource Guide for Teachers 1997/98 is an annotated listing of educational materials and resources available from the Smithsonian Institution. Science materials are included in the following subject areas: anthropology/human life, astronomy/space sciences, botany/plant life, general science/ecology, geology/minerals/paleontology, and zoology/animal life. Materials are grouped by subject, and within each section are arranged alphabetically by title. The booklet also lists catalogs, visitor guides, periodicals, and information on electronic access to the Smithsonian Institution.
Bethesda, Md.: Project WILD, 1995. 74 pp.
The purpose of Taking Action is to inspire ideas and provide models for conducting effective environmental action projects that engage students from start to finish. The book begins with nuts-and-bolts information on the whats, whys, and hows of action projects. It also presents a summary of the specifics of planning, implementing, and evaluating effective environmental action projects. It analyzes more than 30 actual projects from elementary, middle, and high schools around the country. The themes of such projects include adopting species in need, using agriculture on the school grounds, protecting coastal and ocean habitats, conserving energy, and influencing lawmakers. Following each group of success stories is a list of ideas for similar projects and additional resources. Finally, the guide lists national student organizations, telecommunications networks, fundraising programs, and other resources to help teachers incorporate environmental action into their activities.
Hampton Bays, N.Y.: Educational Products Information Exchange (EPIE) Institute, 1996.
Price: $82.50 (Updates $32.50)
This CD-ROM provides an annotated listing of essential information on 18,000 educational software programs for preschool through college from more than 1,300 software publishers. Nearly 4,000 science titles are included. Subjects covered by the science-oriented programs include anatomy and physiology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, oceanography, ecology and environment, general science, geology, horticulture, meteorology, natural history, physical science, physics, scientific measurement, technology education, and zoology. The detailed entries include a program description and software requirements. Search parameters include computer type, grade, price, program type, software title, review score (where available), subject, and supplier.
Literature Bridges to Science series. Englewood, Colo.: Teacher Ideas Press, 1995. 165 pp.
Price: $21.50 (ISBN 1-56308-321-3)
The World of Water is designed to help teachers plan a middle-grade integrated unit of study involving oceans, rivers, and lakes. The first 4 parts of the book are on (1) Ships, Diving, and Treasure; (2) Animals and Plants Living in and around the Sea; (3) Understanding, Exploring, and Surviving; and (4) Environmental Concerns. Each of these parts contains detailed summaries of fiction books, with discussion starters for each book, summaries of related nonfiction books of various lengths and levels of difficulty, and ideas for multidisciplinary activities based on both types of books. Between the fiction and nonfiction books listed in each section is the summary of a book or video that combines factual information with fiction to enable readers to make an easy transition from one type of material to another. The fifth part of the book contains information on additional resources and linkages. All books suggested in