Curricula

Textbook Name Source Grade Level Version Description Website
Starry Night: Middle School Simulation Curriculum Corp. 5-8 both hard copy and online Award-winning Starry Night Middle School for grades 5-8 is the only space science curriculum that combines an interactive sky simulator, lesson plans correlated to state and national standards and extensive teacher resources in one easy-to-use package. Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Ecosystems Carolina Biological 4-5 hard copy This reader gets students thinking of ecosystems-what they are, what threatens them, and what scientists and others are doing to keep them in balance. The book's first section introduces students to basic concepts about ecosystems, from a brief ecological vocabulary lesson to information about the interrelationships of animals with the land and plants in their range. One story presents the theory that a global catastrophe led to the extinction of dinosaurs. Other readings discuss threats to Earth's ecosystems and ways people can minimize those threats. The final section of the book relates the stories of 3 environmental pioneers: Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson. Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Land and Water Carolina Biological 4-5 hard copy Land and Water tells the story of how the earth formed and how it continues to change, imperceptibly but inexorably, through the action of earthquakes and volcanoes, rivers and oceans. It includes stories on the importance of water in our lives, not only for drinking but also how we find it and what happens to our crops when we don?t have enough of it. There is also a story on the aesthetics of water, told through an ancient Chinese painting of a river scene. The final section of this book highlights scientists' investigations of natural phenomena, including a history of weather forecasting. Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Measuring Time, Carolina Biological 5-6 hard copy Measuring Time covers the history of time measurement and the evolution of timekeeping. Americans use clocks to help structure their lives, but students discover in one reading that accurate clocks are a relatively new invention, coming from sailors' need to know where they were at sea. Looking back in time, the book explains how geologists can tell the age of landforms such as the Grand Canyon, from which can be determined the age of other places as well. Additional stories describe how nature's creatures-including people-regulate their lives though internal "clocks." Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Motion and Design Carolina Biological 4-5 hard copy Motion and Design contains stories about how design helps organisms function in nature, and how scientists and inventors develop and refine the design of devices we use every day. In the first section of the book, students learn how birds and insects fly and how creatures as different as flying squirrels and dolphins have unique features that help them move swiftly and efficiently in search of food and safety. There are also stories on how scientists and inventors-from the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to the technological spoofs of Rube Goldberg-have developed an array of machines to help us move around on Earth and in space. Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Rocks and Minerals Carolina Biological 3-4 hard copy The stories in Rocks and Minerals introduce students to geology-the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth. Students read about different kinds of rocks, and about how and why those rocks formed. They meet scientists who study rocks and minerals, and learn about their scientific tools. They also read about the uses of rocks and minerals through history, including a story about a stonemason who selects and works with stone to create beautiful, lasting monuments and buildings. Young readers visit interesting rock formations on earth, such as the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the American Southwest. Other stories describe magnificent structures created from rock in ancient times (the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico) and more recently (Mount Rushmore and the National Museum of the American Indian). Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Soils Carolina Biological K-2 hard copy This book introduces children to the basic components of soils and, clay, and humus and explores the relationship between soil and plant growth. The text helps children compare soil differences, investigating various properties such as appearance, texture, and where to find each type of soil; learn the various uses of soil in building materials, art, and play; discover why plants need soil, water, and organic material to grow; learn about the methods scientists use to study soil (soil settling, soil profiles, and soil consistency); and discover the overall importance of soil. Visit Site
STC Literacy Series: Weather Carolina Biological K-2 hard copy Weather introduces children to the concept of weather and how it affects their lives. Through the text they explore use of their senses, tools and methods used to measure temperature and rainfall, and ways to forecast the weather Visit Site
STC Literacy Series?: Changes Carolina Biological K-2 hard copy This book helps to expand children?s understanding of solids, liquids, and gases by exploring changes of state: they investigate freezing, melting, evaporation, and condensation of water. The text also explores the results of mixing different solids and mixing solids with liquids and how to separate mixtures through sieving, filtration, evaporation, and chromatography methods. These investigations help children begin to recognize the characteristics of chemical reactions. Visit Site
STC Program: Catastrophic Events Carolina Biological 5-8 hard copy Catastrophic Events is divided into 3 parts - storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Students investigate the causes and effects of thunderstorms, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. Global heating, plate tectonics, ash, and effects on the atmosphere are studied in depth. Visit Site