Appendix C, "National Science Education Standards: Content Standards for Levels 5-8," contains material reprinted from the National Science Education Standards for the convenience of readers. A brief introduction discusses the standards and explains how they relate to the other information contained in the guide.
Appendix D, "Overviews of Core and Supplementary Programs with Titles Annotated in This Guide," lists, by program, the individual titles annotated in the sections "Core Materials" and "Supplementary Units" in the five curriculum chapters. A brief description of each science program is also provided.
An extensive set of indexes provides access to the resources annotated in the guide. Title, name, and subject indexes are included, as well as special indexes that focus on particular aspects of the curriculum materials—for example, on the core and supplementary materials according to the content standards they address. Two indexes help readers locate materials at a specific grade level in a specific area of science. Another index covers the major topics addressed in the curriculum materials.
Several kinds of teaching resources are not reviewed in Resources for Teaching Middle School Science—for example, computer software and audiovisual materials (such as films, videotapes, and videodiscs). Instead, the guide concentrates on print curriculum materials, although it does indicate when software and audiovisuals are components of a program. For information on science computer software and audiovisual materials—which can play an important role in the science classroom and can be integrated with print materials and kits to enrich science teaching—readers are referred to Chapter 6, "Sources of Information on Educational Software and Multimedia Programs."
This guide also does not attempt to review the vast number of science trade books that can be used to enrich students' knowledge and understanding. Many teachers use such books as an integral part of their science curriculum, and the NSRC urges teachers to supplement hands-on activities in the classroom with extensive reading of science trade books. For sources of current information on science trade books, readers are referred to Chapter 8, "Science Book Lists and Resource Guides," and Chapter 9, "Periodicals."