Curriculum Unit Samples

Explore the following samples from our mathematics and science curricula. Extending from preschool through 12th grade, our materials are challenging, research-based, classroom tested, and developed for use by students, educators, parents, and families. Each of our programs features a comprehensive set of materials.

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Water Planet

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) Water Planet module begins by exploring Earth in the solar system and then focuses on the dynamics of weather and water cycling in the Earth's atmosphere.


Diversity of Life

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) Diversity of Life course introduces students to the big picture of life on Earth, helping them to discover that all living things, despite their complexity, share the same basic characteristics. Diversity of Life is one of nine courses in the FOSS Middle School Program.


Chemical Interactions

The FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) Chemical Interactions course introduces students to chemistry and offers a diverse mix of empirical experiences and theoretical models that help students construct a basic understanding of the composition of their world and the interactions that maintain and transform it.


Magnetism and Electricity

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) Magnetism and Electricity module provides opportunities for students to explore the natural and human-made worlds by observing and manipulating materials in focused settings using simple tools. Magnetism and Electricity is one of 26 modules in the FOSS K-6 Program.



Issues and Life Science

Issues and Life Science is a revision of SEPUP’s popular middle school life science course, Science and Life Issues (SALI). This course is part of SEPUP’s three-year middle school science sequence.


Investigating Wastewater: Solutions and Pollution

Investigating Wastewater: Solutions and Pollution teaches solution chemistry in the context of issues related to water pollution. This program is one of 12 issue-oriented science modules produced by SEPUP.

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading


Handbook of Interesting Ingredients

The Handbook of Interesting Ingredients is a reference book that provides information about common household ingredients.


My Sea Otter Report

My Sea Otter Report is a humorous, fictional account of a boy writing a science report, guided by his sister's advice. This book models the process of writing a report, complete with commentary on the common missteps.


Shoreline Science

Shoreline Science engages students in firsthand study of shoreline ecosystems with a focus on both earth science and life science, featuring nine compelling student science books.



Rocky Seashore

MARE Teachers Guide to the Rocky Seashore: This four- to six-week long unit was designed to be used by first graders but is suitable for grades K-2. Students explore the spectacular diversity and unique adaptations of rocky seashore organisms, as well as the challenging physical environment in which they live.

Communicating Ocean Sciences

This instructors guide for a college level course uses MARE activities to introduce undergraduate and graduate science students to K-12 inquiry-based pedagogy and learning theory. Over 20 colleges, universities, and informal science education institutions are teaching the course nationwide.



Oobleck: What Do Scientists Do?

Newly updated, Oobleck: What Do Scientists Do? provides a compelling introduction to inquiry science as students explore a mysterious extraterrestrial substance, engage in scientific discourse, and design spacecraft.


Space Science Sequence for Grades 3–5

GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 3–5 features four integrated units titled “How Big and How Far?” “Earth's Shape and Gravity,” “How Does the Earth Move?” and “Moon Phases and Eclipses,” totaling 24 sessions.


Space Science Sequences for Grades 6–8

GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6–8 features four integrated units titled “How Does the Sun Affect the Earth?” “Why Are There Seasons?” “The Solar System,” and “Beyond the Solar System,” totaling 32 sessions plus one optional session.



Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE addresses the controversial question of how human activities may be changing Earth's climate.


Constellations Tonight

The Constellations Tonight planetarium program is a quintessential example of a participatory planetarium program in which students receive star maps and use them to find constellations in the planetarium sky.


HOU Middle School Curriculum

The HOU Middle School Curriculum, Hands-On Solar System (HOSS), lets students use images from professional telescopes along with image processing software to learn key concepts in astronomy, mathematics, and technology, while acquiring skills in critical thinking and data interpretation, as well as measurement techniques.

A Changing Cosmos

The original Hands-On Universe high school curriculum (originally consisting of astronomy lab materials with seven student books and a Teacher Guide) has been recast as a single book, the best of HOU, entitled A Changing Cosmos.

Family Math


FAMILY MATH: The Middle School Years Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense

Ages 10-14 are the gateway years to high school and college and are crucial to our children's advanced mathematics education.


FAMILY MATH II: Achieving Success in Mathematics

Resolviendo problemas en grupos puede ser divertido, eficaz, y equitativo. Trabajando en grupos le ayuda a todos los estudiantes a tener éxito con las matemáticas.



This K-8 classic publication has been used by thousands and thousands of families to address mathematics concepts including numbers, geometry, probability, and pre-algebra.


Matemática Para La Familia

¿Cómo pueden los padres ayudarle a sus hijos en casa con las matemáticas?


Háganlo Juntos

Resolviendo problemas en grupos puede ser divertido, eficaz, y equitativo. Trabajando en grupos le ayuda a todos los estudiantes a tener éxito con las matemáticas.


Get it Together

Get It Together is a collection of over 100 mathematics problems for groups of three to six people to solve together.

Other Sample Curriculum


Ice Cream Science

Kids and parents engage in making ice cream, and learning some of the related science.


Soda Pop Science

Soda Pop Science is the winner of the Oppenheim Platinum Science/Crafts Best Toy Award and Family Fun Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Award.


Designing Mixtures

Designing Mixtures immerses students in learning about properties of substances, dissolving, the design process, mixtures, and other key physical science concepts, supported by five engaging student science books.

Student Radon Research Module

The Student Radon Research module is a unique, inquiry-based earth and physical science education resource that provides authentic research opportunities for students in grades 8-12.


The Planetarium Activities for Student Success series is now embracing the digital age in a new product, iNTERACT!, which has scripts for all the PASS planetarium shows as PDF files on DVDs, as well as all the images, movies, and animations necessary to install the programs in nearly any planetarium, large or small.

The 2009 edition of Global Systems Science (GSS) CD-ROM

It includes the entire series of GSS books, plus all revised software for analyzing digital images from Earth-observing satellites as well as images from ordinary digital cameras.