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Download complete instructional guides with teacher background information, classroom lessons and supporting materials created by teams of educators, scientists and healthcare specialists. Some guides also are available in print format.

  • Air

    AirTeacher Guide

    Students explore basic concepts related to air and the atmosphere, air quality, and associated issues, such as allergens in the places we live, study and work. (11 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Alcohol

    AlcoholTeacher Guide

    The Alcohol teaching unit tackles the tough subject of alcohol and alcoholism with candor backed by cutting-edge scientific research. Hands-on activities make students think about alcohol in a totally different way. (9 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Allergies and Allergens

    Allergies and AllergensTeacher Guide

    The Allergy Busters Teacher’s Guide uses an integrated approach including survey techniques and graphing to help students learn about allergies and allergy-causing organisms. (8 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Ants in Space

    Ants in SpaceTeacher Guide

    Students conduct open-ended investigations on the search patterns of pavement ants in Earth's gravity and compare them to experiments conducted in microgravity aboard the Space Station.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Brain Chemistry

    Brain ChemistryTeacher Guide

    Students learn about the brain, neurons, chemical communication in the body, and how our choices can affect brain function and performance. (9 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Brain Comparisons

    Brain ComparisonsTeacher Guide

    Students learn the brain has three main parts, the skull provides protection for the brain, brains differ in size and shape among animals, and more. (6 activities)

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Butterflies in Space

    Butterflies in SpaceTeacher Guide

    Students conduct open-ended scientific investigations to learn how gravity and microgravity affect the life cycle of painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Complex Traits

    Complex TraitsTeacher Guide

    Students use the domestic dog as a model to learn about genetics, DNA, genetic testing, phenotypes, alleles, SNPs, and mutations related to desirable and/or harmful effects in certain dog breeds. (6 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Food

    FoodTeacher Guide

    Students investigate food sources, food webs and food chains, healthy eating and food groups, food safety and overall nutrition. (11 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Food and Fitness

    Food and FitnessTeacher Guide

    Students examine their individual energy and nutritional needs, learn about calories and true portion sizes, and use what they've learned to create special dietary needs menus. (7 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • Genome Stories

    Genome StoriesTeacher Guide

    Students learn how to work with a model organism, C. elegans, and come to understand the importance of using model organisms in scientific and medical research. (6 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Global Atmospheric Change

    Global Atmospheric ChangeTeacher Guide

    Students investigate different sources of energy and how they can affect the atmosphere and global ecology. (11 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Heart and Circulation

    Heart and CirculationTeacher Guide

    Students investigate the heart's structure and function, blood pathways, how volumes of blood are moved through the body, and the effects of microgravity on the heart. (9 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • HIV/AIDS

    HIV/AIDSTeacher Guide

    Students read essays, conduct activities, and use actual data from the CDC and other sources to learn about HIV/AIDS and the spread of disease. (5 activities, 5 essays)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Human Microbiome

    Human MicrobiomeTeacher Guide

    Students explore the human microbiome through scientific articles, in-depth and hands-on activites, and by answering thought-provoking questions. (6 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • K-1: The Senses

    K-1: The SensesTeacher Guide

    Students learn about the brain, skull and sensory system; investigate sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch; and discover how the brain and the senses are connected. (9 activities)

    Grades: K-2
  • Living Things and Their Needs

    Living Things and Their NeedsTeacher Guide

    The Living Things and Their Needs Teacher's Guide allows very young students to explore living and non-living things, and learn about the basic needs of plants, animals and people. (10 activities)

    Grades: K-2
  • Memory and Learning

    Memory and LearningTeacher Guide

    Students discover how their brains store and retrieve information, and subsequently, how to be more effective learners. (7 activities)

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Microbes

    MicrobesTeacher Guide

    Students explore microbes that impact our health (e.g., bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses), and learn that microbes play key roles in the lives of humans, sometimes causing disease. (12 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • Motor System

    Motor SystemTeacher Guide

    Students investigate the brain and motor system, including the anatomy of motor neurons and their function, voluntary and involuntary movements, and how muscles and nerves produce movement. (10 activities)

    Grades: 3-5 6-8