A boxed "nuts-and-bolts" section in each chapter gives detailed information about the annotations.
Part 2, "Middle School Science Curriculum Materials," includes six chapters. The first five contain annotations to curriculum materials, arranged by scientific discipline or field. These six chapters are—
Chapter 1, "Physical Science,"
Chapter 2, "Life Science,"
Chapter 3, "Environmental Science,"
Chapter 4, "Earth and Space Science,"
Chapter 5, "Multidisciplinary and Applied Science,"
Chapter 6, "Sources of Information on Educational Software and Multimedia Programs."
In the first five chapters, the annotations are subdivided in the following categories: Core Materials, Supplementary Units, and Science Activity Books. These categories are described in the Part 2 "Overview."
Part 3, "Reference Materials," includes three chapters—
Chapter 7, "Books on Teaching Science,"
Chapter 8, "Science Book Lists and Resource Guides,"
Chapter 9, "Periodicals."
Chapter 7 focuses on reference materials that offer guidance in learning theory and pedagogical techniques specifically for the middle school teacher. Chapter 8 annotates directories and other sourcebooks, including guides to materials and to science trade books for students. Chapter 9 offers a carefully chosen collection of periodical titles for teachers and students. It includes a recommended grade level for each student publication.
Part 4, "Ancillary Resources," includes two chapters—
Chapter 10, "Museums and Other Places to Visit,"
Chapter 11, "Professional Associations and U.S. Government Organizations."
Chapter 10 presents a wealth of information for the enrichment of middle school science education. The two large subsections in the chapter identify some 600 facilities throughout the United States and several in Canada to which middle school teachers can take their students for hands-on, inquiry-centered science experiences.
Chapter 11 then highlights more than 100 institutions, such as federal government organizations and professional societies, that are engaged in active efforts to provide information, services, or materials for the enhancement of middle school science teaching and learning.
Resources for Teaching Middle School Science also contains four appendixes. Appendix A, "Publishers and Suppliers," provides addresses and contact information for obtaining the curriculum and reference materials annotated in the chapters.
Appendix B, "NSRC Evaluation Criteria for Curriculum Materials," briefly discusses how the middle school criteria were developed, and indicates that they may be used by school district science curriculum adoption committees. The criteria are reproduced in the appendix in a format appropriate for school district use.