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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.

  • Plants in Space

    Plants in SpaceTeacher Guide

    Students conduct three scientific investigations to learn how light, gravity and microgravity affect the growth of Brassica rapa roots (Wisconsin Fast Plants®).

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • PowerPlay: Fitness and Physical Activity

    PowerPlay: Fitness and Physical ActivityTeacher Guide

    Students learn how exercise and diet affect their bodies, and engage in fun, unique physical challenges at a children's museum exhibit. (10 activities, 5 pre-visit and 5 post-visit)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Resources and the Environment

    Resources and the EnvironmentTeacher Guide

    Young students explore how living things—including humans—use resources found naturally in their environments, or modify resources to meet their needs. (11 activities).

    Grades: K-2
  • Rockets

    RocketsTeacher Guide

    Students build and launch rockets to study forces and motion, Newton's Laws, mass, acceleration, change, momentum, push, pull, friction, and more. (15 activities)

    Grades: K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Scientific Decision-making

    Scientific Decision-makingTeacher Guide

    Students investigate evidence-based decision-making, using examples related to cardiovascular health. (7 activities) 

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Scientific Decision-making: Supplementary Activities on the Cardiovascular System

    Scientific Decision-making: Supplementary Activities on the Cardiovascular SystemTeacher Guide

    Students explore the cardiovascular system, build a model of coronary artery disease, create a poster of a heart attack, and learn about signs and symptoms of a heart attack. (3 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Sensory System

    Sensory SystemTeacher Guide

    Students learn how the brain, sensory neurons and five senses work together to receive and process information from outside of the body and inside of the body enabling humans to survive. (9 activities)

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Sleep and Daily Rhythms

    Sleep and Daily RhythmsTeacher Guide

    Students explore the day/night cycle and seasonal cycles on Earth; create and use sundials; and investigate circadian rhythms, sleep patterns and factors affecting the quality of sleep. (8 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • Spiders in Space

    Spiders in SpaceTeacher Guide

    Students conduct open-ended scientific investigations to discover how gravity and microgravity affect the life cycle and web design of Nephila clavipes (orb-weaver spiders).

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Think Like an Engineer

    Think Like an EngineerTeacher Guide

    Students follow an engineer's approach as as they identify problems, brainstorm solutions, design, plan, build, test, refine and produce a product or solution. (8 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • Train Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Learned Behaviors

    Train Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Learned BehaviorsTeacher Guide

    How do we learn new skills? Are there different types of memories? Students investigate behaviors that occur without conscious thought, as well as skills that can be acquired or improved. (11 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Water

    WaterTeacher Guide

    Students take a fresh look at water and examine its critical importance to the well-being of all living creatures. (11 activities)

    Grades: 3-5