Teaching Materials Science Kits

Acorn Naturalists Animal tracks discovery kit [game]. (2009). TKS 661
Designed for students in grades 3-5 to hone their obervation skills and challenge them to think like detectives.

Acorn Naturalists Leaf printing discovery kit [game]. (2009). TKS 660
Designed for students in grades 3-5 to use science in a very real manner, learning the meaning of botanical terms, take note of different leaf structures, and learn the basics of a simple key to trees.

Acorn Naturalists Tracks, scat, and sign discovery kit [game]. (2009). TKS 662
Designed for students in grades 3-5 to hone their obervation skills and challenge them to think like detectives while searching for and identifying animal sign.

Animal homes [game]. (200-?). TKS 667
Targets identifying animal habitat, classifying animals according to habitat, comparing animal attributes.

Animal-growth sequential cards [kit]. (1978). TKS 618
Shows the growth of six animals through adulthood. Information about each animal is given on the back of the first card in each sequence. For elementary grades. 1 game (24 cards) in box, 17 x 15 x 3 cm. + 1 guide.

Animals of the world [flash card]. (2011). TKS 676
"Using flash cards makes discovering animals of the world more fun. Ideal for individuals or small groups."--Container. Includes 36 double-sided cards with pictures of animals on one side and facts about them on the other.

Atom@tak [game] : a game of chance and tactics for all ages by S. R. Elliott. (2002). TKS 639
Make as many compounds as you can and destroy as many of your opponents compounds as possible. 1 game (64 pieces), 1 instruction sheet.

Beginning science--Animals [kit]. (1997). TKS 669
Coordinated components offering a variety of learning activities that introduce and reinforce concepts about animal life and its place in nature for elementary grades.

Beginning science : earth and universe. [Filmstrip]. (1976) TKS 612
Using the story of two children visiting on the Earth, moon, sun, stars, and solar system to describe the universe as a whole. For elementary grades.

Beginning science--plants. [kit] by New York Botanical Garden Education Staff. (1976). TKS 609
Introduces basic concepts of plant life such as the process of photosynthesis, the natural habitats of various plants, and plants’ specific functions and principal parts. For primary grades. Parts marked KIT 244.

Bug blast!  written by Olga Litowinsky and the creative staff at Innovative KIDS ; illustrated by Russell Benfanti. (2000). TKS 645
Presents facts about a wide variety of insects, plus directions for a board game and other games and activities that feature six-legged creatures. Inserted in a box; includes a spine tube with 20 bugs and a game board with quiz cards. "Ages 5 to 12."

Chef Combo’s fantastic adventures in tasting & nutrition [kit]. (1995). TKS 600
" ... can take your 4- and 5-year old students anywhere on earth to learn about nutrition and taste nutritious foods" 1 hand puppet, 1 pointer (34 cm.), 1 rubber stamp, 1 teacher guide (130 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.).

Comparison cards [chart]. (5th ed). National Dairy Council. (1994). TKS 630
Bar graphs indicate the nutrient values of many commonly eaten foods. Back of each card indicates daily value of each food in fat content. Accompanying guide gives suggestions for use of the graphs in nutrition education programs. 108 charts : double sided, col. ; 22 x 28 cm. + 1 leader guide.

Comparison cards [slide]. (1990). TKS 623
Slides cards showing the nutrient values of various foods. Cards feature nine colored bars representing the food’s contribution to the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances. 108 slides : col. ; 5 x 5 cm. in container.

Concepts of classification [kit]. (2000). TKS 640
Gives students a sense of order as well as having them infer that things (organisms) can be arranged into related groups. 15 sets of 10 numbered blue figures, 15 sets of 10 numbered red figures, 30 student worksheets and guides, 1 instruction manual ; in box (22x28x2 cm.).

Crazy about cotton [videorecording] by  authors, Sheryl Mercier, Evalyn Hoover. (2000). TKS 652
A video field trip to cotton fields in central California. The viewer is along for planting of cotton seeds, managing pests, irrigating, growing and harvesting, ginning and classing, and ending with uses of cotton in our lives.

Destination: ocean [electronic resource]. ( Imagination express). (1995). TKM 682
1 cd-rom w/booklet, teacher's guide, info for Mac users letter. 1 computer optical disk : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 user’s guide (24 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.)

Dial-a-con Anglo-Met-Convertor [realia]. (1974). TKS 632
Dial with a pencil for conversion of length, weight, area, volume and liquid or dry measurements.

Digital stopwatch [realia]. (2007). TKS 647
Used to time small-group sessions, keep students on schedule, assess reading speed for fluency.

Dinosaurs [flash card]. (2011). TKS 679
"Using flash cards makes discovering dinosaurs more fun. Ideal for individuals or small groups."--Container. Includes 36 double-sided cards with pictures on one side and descriptions on the other.

Discovery cards. [kit]. (1997). TKS 617
Each card has a set of instructions for various activities (writing, drawing, visiting, etc.) for a student to do. Cards are arranged by 14 broad topics with "source of information" card (bibliographies, etc.) at the end. Meant to be used with Fideler social studies textbooks. For elementary grades. Our planet in space.--Highlands.--Lowlands.--Climate.--History.- -Government.--People.--Cities.--Arts.--Natural resources.--Farming.--Industry.--Exchange.--Ecology.

Earthopoly [game]. (200-). TKS 656
In this game, players are to buy properties, then collect carbon credit and trade them in for clean air. Throughout the game, players learn about our planet and how to care for it.

Electricity lab [kit]. (1993). TKS 620
"The AIMS Electricity Lab has been designed to accompany the AIMS publication Electrical Connections." 20 bulb holders, 12 battery holders, 25 bulbs, 100 mini-lights & holders with 6" leads, 30 meters of magnet wire, 10 meters of bell wire, 15 ring magnets, 1 wire stripper, 1 instruction sheet, 1 book (98 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.) ; in container 25 x 34 x 8 cm.

Exotic species compendium of activities to protect the environment [kit]. Multimedia CD 1037 & VC 4962. (2001). TKS 646
Discusses ways to control zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, purple loosestrife, sea lampreys and others. Activity sheets, 1 song and games CD, 1 videocassette, posters and games ; in container 33 x 24 x 4 cm.

Exploring environments. (1999). TKS 633
Examines the complex interactions among living things and how they meet their needs. Each poster shows a different landscape (mountains, seashore, desert, farmland, etc.). Grades K-6. 167 p. : ill. (some reproducible) ; 28 cm. + 7 posters (col. ill. ; 44 x 56 cm., in tube)

Flight and rocketry [kit]. (2004). TKS 648
Provides experiences for the student to understand the fundamentals of flight.

Flying! [kit] : a special video & science toy. & VC 4961. (1994). TKS 644
Models allow testing of flying stunts seen in video. 3 balsa-and-paper airplanes, one videorecording (60 min. : sd., col. ; 1/2 in., closed captioned), 1 information sheet ; in container 29 x6 x 6 cm.

Food and technology [kit]. Grade 5. (1987). TKS 611
Teaching materials to instruct fifth grade children on nutrition. Explores the role of technology in food production and gives nutritive profiles of food groups. ( Food: your choice. Grade 5). 24 charts, 9 cards, 2 posters, 1 teacher’s guide ; in container, 38 x 25 x 4.

Food decisions [kit]. Grade 6. (1987). TKS 610
Teaching materials to instruct sixth grade children on nutrition, including factors of personal food choice, nutritive value listed on labels, and calorie content. ( Food: your choice. Grade 6). 24 charts, 6 posters, 1 teacher’s guide ; in container, 38 x 25 x 4.

Food gives me energy [kit]. Grade 2. (1987). TKS 605
Teaching materials to instruct second grade children in the classification of food into groups, in the production of food from farm to home, and in the energy potential of food. ( Food: your choice. Grade 2). 40 pictures, 4 posters, 1 teacher’s guide ; in container, 38 x 25 x 4

Food helps me grow [kit]. Grade 1. (1987). TKS 604
Presents specific concepts about the relationships between food and growth and the categorization of food sources, building on the material learned in the preschool kit entitled Food - early choices. Food: your choice. Grade 1 . 24 pictures, 2 posters, 1 paperback book, 1 teacher’s guide ; in container, 38 x 25 x 4.

Food keeps me healthy [kit]. Grade 3. (1987). TKS 606
Teaching materials to instruct third grade children on the importance of each food group to health. Introduces the concept of combination foods and features a play which illustrates the four food groups. Food: your choice. Grade 3. 48 pictures, 4 posters, 1 teacher’s guide ; in container, 38 x 25 x 4.

Food model comparison cards [activity card]. National Dairy Council. (1994). TKS 631
The cards contain life-size color photographs of 185 commonly eaten foods. The front of each card pictures foods in their recommended serving size; the back of each card contains information similar to that found on food labels. The photographs may be punched out of the cards. Accompanying guide gives suggestions for use of the models in nutrition education programs. 45 activity cards : double sided, col. ; 22 x 28 cm. + 1 leader guide.

Food models for early childhood educators [picture]. (5th ed). (1994). TKS 629
Food models provide life-size color photographic reproductions of foods commonly eaten; accompanying guide gives suggestions for use of the models in nutrition education programs. 185 photographs : col. ; on 45 cards 28 x 22 cm. + 1 teacher/leader guide (13 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.)

From trees to paper : papermaking kit by Minnesota Forest Industries. (1996). TKS 642
This kit is a great interactive way to introduce students to the process of paper making. 1 bag of wood pulp : white ; 20 x 27 cm. + 1 bag recycled pulp (15 x 25 cm.), 1 bag woodchips (12 x 12 cm.), 1 plastic screen, 1 sponge, 1 pressing paper, 1 cardboard sheet, 1 sample of homemade paper, 1 poster, 1 instruction sheet, 1 instruction sheet to put on a play and 1 teacher’s guide in box (30 x 9 x 22 cm.).

GOAL, beginning science [kit] : over 150 lesson plans. (1978). TKS 607
My body -- My senses -- Weather and seasons -- Plants -- Animals -- Colors -- Magnets. For preschool and kindergarten. 83 cards, 20 spirit masters. Suitable for handicapped and gifted students. Parts marked KIT 257. 

Gray's anatomy for students flash cards [flash card]. (2005). TKS 784
Section 1. Back -- Section 2. Thorax -- Section 3. Abdomen -- Section 4. Pelvis and perineum -- Section 5. Lower limb -- Section 6. Upper limb -- Section 7. Head and neck -- Section 8. Surface anatomy -- Section 9. Systems -- Section 10. Clinical questions. Based on the artwork in Gray's anatomy for students, the front of each card features a detailed anatomical illustration; the back of the card identifies the structures depicted on the front and reviews their functions, systemic relevance, clinical significance and more. Includes diagnostic imaging examples depicting structures' radiologic appearance and clinical question cards to further test understanding. For grades 10 and up. 280 flashcards.

Great Lakes pursuit [game] by Susan E. Pflaumer and Rosanne W. Fortner. (1990). TKS 638
Ages 14 to adult. For 2 to 6 players. 1 game (15 pieces) ; in box 26 x 18 x 7 cm. + game instructions and reading references.

Hand lens. (2008). TKS 674
7 magnifying glasses : plastic, clear ; 11 x 5 x 1 cm.

Hand lens. (2008). TKS 671
7 magnifying glasses : plastic, clear ; 11 x 5 x 1 cm.

Independent exploration material [kit] : weights & springs by Math Media, inc. (1965) TKS 624
A tool for children to use in their exploration of mathematics. 6 washers, 3 springs, 4 large paper clips, 11 activity cards ; in container.

Indoor air quality [kit] : tools for schools : action kit. (1995). TKS 615
Includes checklists for all school employees, a flexible step-by-step guide for coordinating the checklists, an Indoor Air Quality Problem Solving Wheel, a factsheet on indoor air pollution issues, and sample policies and memos. The video, produced by the EPA in conjunction with the cast and crew of the television series "This Old House", shows how to properly operate and maintain ventilation systems in schools. 1 case (1 videocassette (VHS, 15 min., 6 sec.), 1 v., 31 sheets, 1 problem solving wheel) : ill. ; 26 x 31 x 7 cm.

Inflate-a-globe. (2005). TKS 653
"Clearly marked cities, capitals and country boundaries ; Graphic representations of ocean currents.

Inflate-a-globe. (2000). TKS 654
"True to life colors illustrate mountains, deserts and forests. Clearly marked cities, capitals and country boundaries."

Insects and small critters [flash cards]. (2011). TKS 678
"Using flash cards makes discovering insects and small critters more fun. Ideal for individuals or small groups."--Container. Includes 36 double-sided cards with pictures on one side and descriptions on the other.

Inside rain : working with precipitation chemistry data by Jay Barracato. (2000). TKS 627
Accompanied by: Database basics : skills book / by Barbara Spooner and Jay Barracato (60 p.) ; National Atmospheric Deposition Program : 1997 wet deposition (16 p.) ; Inside rain : a look at the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (24 p.). xiv, 122 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.

Learn to recycle [kit]. (2009). TKS 664
A fun, hands-on way to learn about recycling. Children sort materials into small recycling bins. Develops vocabulary, sorting and comparison skills, and properties of common objects.

LEGO dacta [kit] : pulleys. (1993). TKS 635
Students define a pulley and build models to investigate belt drives, gearing down, compound belt drives, changing the direction of rotation, fixed and moveable pulleys, and the concept of the pawl and ratchet. Teacher’s guide provides information about pulleys, simple hands-on pulley activites, drawings of possible solutions, and instructions with questions and answers for students using the building diagrams. Activity cards include 2 building diagrams (15 x 21 cm., folded), 1 card with punch-out clown face and building diagram (15 x 21 cm.), and 1 key to building elements. From 8 years. 75 building elements : plastic, col. + teacher guide (18 p., ill.), activity cards, and plastic storage tray, in box 27 x 19 x 3 cm.

Life in the food chain [game]. (1999). TKS 651
39 cards illustrate and describe plants and animals commonly found on school yards. Includes blank cards and directions for activities and games.

Liquid measuring cups. (2008). TKS 675
Plastic measuring cups measuring 1 cup. 6 handled cups : plastic ; 8 cm. high.

Magnet lab [realia]. (1991). TKS 621
"The AIMS magnet lab is designed to be used with the AIMS publication Mostly magnets."--Box. 100 ring magnet, 2 cow magnets, 2 Newton spring scales, 1 book (111 : ill ; 28 cm.) ; in box 6 x 33 x 26 cm.

McGraw-Hill science. Package 6A-B. Pupil edition on audio cassettes [sound recording]. (2000). TKS 650
Astronomy -- Cells, growth, and reproduction -- Forces -- Heredity and change -- Human body : response and change -- Properties of matter and energy -- The restless earth.

McGraw-Hill Science. Words to know cards [flash card]. (1999). TKS 649
Flash cards containing the definitions for words that appear in the glossary of McGraw-Hill Science.

Measure matters by Carolyn Aho...[et al.]. (1976). TKS 601
A real word program which provides children with the necessary opportunities to touch, manipulate and measure familiar objects. Measure Matters provides for a sequenced development of measurement skills and concepts for elementary education. Levels A-C, each with 88 activity cards, master pages and teachers guide.

Minnesota conservation volunteer. No. 391, 2003 – (1999). TKS 636
Minnesota Volunteer (25 copies) with teacher's guide

Mirror topic [kit] by H. Shaw. 197?. TKS 613
Activity kit demonstrating the principles of mirrors, reflection, and basic geometry; provides projects to be done with mirrors. Includes: 3 mirrors and 3 slotted cards and 14 work cards in envelope.

Musculoskeletal anatomy flash cards [flash card]. (2005). TKS 785
240 flashcards, user guide. Provide a way to learn the essential information about the muscles of the human body. The front of each card features a detailed anatomical illustration; the back of the card includes pronunciation, identifies the attachments, actions and innervation.

Mystery box, sense and tell [kit] : unit 1. TKS 619
Cover of box becomes 2 mystery boxes, constructed so that children can reach in, handle, and describe objects they cannot see. Photographs of many objects are included. Recognizing and naming familiar things.--Observing similarities and differences in textures.--Comparing shapes.--Comparing sizes and weights.--Extending activities.

Nature study : [135 nature study activities]. [flash card]. (1971). TKS 616
Contains projects, experiments and field trips, creating an awareness of our natural surroundings for ecology and conservation. For elementary grades. 1. Introduction -- 2. Animal kingdom -- 3. Plants -- 4. Ecology.

Physics of sound [kit] / FOSS, full option science system. (2005). TKS 641
Contains: 1 teacher’s guide, 1 videocassette, 32 FOS science stories student books, 8 tagboard drop chambers, 8 cardboard drop chambers vision barriers , 16 drop object sets, 8 tagboard megaphones, 100 paper fasteners, 16 oz isopropyl alcohol, 32 plastic storage bags, 2 binder clips, 4 wood blocks, 1 cord with bead, 100 cotton balls, 5 paper cups, 50 plastic cups, 8 wood dowels, 2 5m fishing line, 2 foam pieces, 2 half-meter sticks with notch, 2 kalimba bases, 10 kalimba steel pieces, 1 ball of twine, 4 mallets, 4 ping pong ball, 100 rubber bands,100 jumbo paper clips, 8 stethoscopes, 50 popsicle sticks, 100 tongue depressors, 1 pkg. bean seeds, 1 9-volt battery, 4 tuning forks, 10 xylophone tubes, 1 tone generator. Grades 3-4.

Pyramid cafe [kit] / National Dairy Council. (1998). TKS 602
A ten-activity program designed to teach basic nutrition concepts and simple meal planning skills. 1 poster, 32 daily food guide pyramid sheets, 30 student workbooks, 1 teacher’s guide (68 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. (loose-leaf))

Pyramid explorations [kit] / National Dairy Council. (1998). TKS 603
A six-activity program designed to teach basic nutrition concepts and simple meal planning skills. 1 poster, 30 student workbooks, 32 daily food guide pyramid sheets, 1 teacher’s guide (68 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. (loose-leaf))

Sammy’s science house [electronic resource]. (1995). TKS 681
Five activities challenge kids to explore science concepts, expand their science vocabularies, and learn to see and enjoy science in the world around them. Workshop -- Weather machine -- Sorting station -- Make a movie -- Acorn pond. 1 cd-rom, teacher's guide, software catalog. 1 computer optical disc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 teacher’s guide (82 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.).

Science file folder games [game]. (2006). TKS 659
Sixteen basic science skill games designed to be cut out and assembled.

Science file folder games [game]: Subjects include earth & space, physical and life science. (2006). TKS 665
Sixteen basic science skill games designed to be cut out and assembled. 16 games, 1 guide (24 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.) ; in container (25 x 9 x 31 cm.)

Science quiz game show [game]. (2003). TKS 658
Students test their knowledge of science topics and learn new facts ... as they pretend they’re contestants on a game show.

Scott, Foresman science. (2003). TKS 622
For grades K-6. 21 x 29 cm. + teacher’s ed., teacher’s assessment package, instructional resources, teacher’s ed. lab manualcd-roms, videocassettes, supplements.

Seasons [game]. (200-?). TKS 668
Targets classifying by season, understanding weather changes and climate.

Space [flash cards]. (200?). TKS 668
"Using flash cards makes exploring space more fun. Ideal for individuals or small groups."--Container. Includes 36 double-sided cards with pictures of planets, objects in outer space, equipment and more on one side and information on the other.

Student thermometers [realia]. (197-?). TKS 634
11 thermometers ; glass and paper; 11 x 3 cm.

Tangram cards [game] by Elementary Science Study. (1968). TKS 626
For use with Tangram pieces. various cards (24 x 19 cm.) containing 121 tangram patterns.

Tape measure. (2008). TKS 672
One side marked with centimeters; one side marked with inches. 3 measuring tapes : white fiberglass ; 150 x 2 cm.

Tapping students’ science beliefs [kit] : a resource for teaching and learning by Brian Doig, Ray Adams. (1993). TKS 614
Skateboard news -- What happened last night -- The day we cooked pancakes at school -- Children’s week: Your project -- Our school garden. 5 units, 5 group profiles, teacher’s guide ; in folder in container.

The audible Audubon [Kit]. (1997). TKS 670
Eighty-one cards, each containing explanatory text about a specific North American bird, an illustration, and a microphonograph recording of the bird's calls and songs. Designed for use by both beginning and experienced birdwatchers.

The birds and wildlife habitat camp education program [kit] (2001) TKS 625
Activities to explore the birding basics and elements necessary to create a National Wildlife Federation Certified backyard wildlife habitat. 4 books, 2 posters, 30 certificate brochures ; in box, 40x27x14 cm.       

The brain kit [kit] written by Laura Cohen ; illustrated by Eric Alley. (1983). TKS 608
Kit with four-part model of the brain is designed to help students learn how the human brain functions. 1 kit (4 pieces), 35 activity cards, class progress chart, and instruction sheet for using the model ; in box.

The five senses [kit]. (2004). TKS 666
Children explore the five senses with this easy to play game. The game may be played alone, with up to five children, and at two different levels.

The human genome project [kit] : exploring our molecular selves. (2001). TKS 628
This multimedia Web site provides high school students and the interested public with information on the Human Genome Project. It includes a dynamic timeline, a glossary, and multimedia learning activities. Modules may be downloaded or viewed online. High school students and the interested public. System requirements: Intel Pentium II or III class, 200 MHz or higher; 72 MB RAM; Windows 95, 98, NT; Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher; Microsoft NetShow and ActiveX 6.0; Microsoft Internet Explorer and/or Netscape Navigator; Internet connection; 4X CD-ROM; 800x600 24 bit color display. 1 computer optical disc : col. ; 4 3/4 in. , 1 videocassette (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. , 1 v. (12 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 poster.

The Journey Inside [kit]. (1997). TKS 655
Chip kit contains computer chips, batteries, wires, and microprocessors, etc.

The Lake Superior game. (2009). TKS 663 (Oversize)
Put together according to the directions on p. 3-4 of "The Lake Superior game."

The where would we be without wood kit by Minnesota Forest Industries. (1996). TKS 643
This kit: teaches the connection between the properties of various trees and the kinds of products that can be made from wood ; compares the similarities and differences of the most common trees found in Minnesota ; helps students appreciate the value of trees to people, understand the role of trees in natural environments, and learn the relationship between an area’s climate and geology and the kinds of trees it can support. 23 blocks : wood ; 7 x 13 x 1 cm. + 1 round block of wood, 4 posters, and 2 teacher’s guides in box (46 x 9 x 24 cm.).

Thermometer. (2008). TKS 673
Red alcohol; reads from -40 °to +120 °F and -40 °to +50 °C. 7 thermometers : plastic ; 17 x 2 x 1 cm.

Through the eyes of the explorers : minds-on math and mapping by Sheldon Erickson. (1994). TKS 637
Map explorations kit. xiii, 140 leaves : ill., maps ; 28 cm. + map explorations kit.

U.S. animals [flash cards]. (2011). TKS 677
"Using flash cards makes learning about U.S. animals more fun. Ideal for individuals or small groups."--Container. Includes 36 double-sided cards with pictures of animals on one side and facts about them on the other.

Wild Animalopoly [game]. (2002). TKS 657
"Wild Animalopoly plays like a real estate trading game but ... Instead of buying property, players become caretakers of animals."


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