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Science Teaching K-12

Learning Science Through Inquiry

In this video clip, students learn by using inquiry. Their curiosity leads them to ask questions, make observations, and investigate solutions much like a scientist does. As students mature, they improve their ability to develop explanations, provide evidence, and respond to criticism. To see the full video series and Web site, go to

Classroom Resources

The Sherrill Library has a special resource for educators, therapists, counselors to use called the Teaching Resource Center, which is a collection of manipulatives, textbooks, picture books, leveled readers and juvenile fiction and non fiction.

The most effective way to search the collection is to go to the FLO catalog, select the "Advanced Search" option and scroll down the "Location" tab option to find "Lesley-Sherrill Teaching Resources Collection".  Once you have that highlighted, go back above to the search box and start!



Manipulatives refer to various objects or materials that students can touch and move around in order to help them learn key educational or social/emotional concepts.

Mr. Thrifty skeleton [model]1 model on stand : plastic, metal stand ; 33 1/2" (height) + 1 key card.

Frog anatomy model [model]. 1 model (25 pieces) with square base: plastic col. ; in plastic box + 1 guidebook ([8] p. : ill.)

Sea life specimen set [realia] Description: 4 sea creatures encased in acrylic ; in wooden box 19 cm.  Format:Visual Material

From seed to plant [model]1 model (21 pieces), 2 base pieces : col. foam ; 26 x 26 x 2 cm., in package, 26 x 37 x 2 cm.

Virus [model]. 1 model (21 pieces), including1 base : col. foam ; 46 x 35 x 35 cm. + 1 teacher's notes booklet (24 p.).

Trees [kit] : pre-K discovery kit.  1 kit : Discovery Guide (32 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.), 1 audiotape, 3 bark slabs, 1 bird's nest model, pine cones (10 large, 10 medium) 1 poster, 2 finger puppets, sponge set (9), 4 sheets of stencils, 2 tree rings, 1 book (From Seed to Plant) : col., various materials ; all in clear box.

Animal cell division meiosis [model]1 model : wood and plastic ; 20 in. x 2 in. x 17 in., in hanging bag.

Fossil activity kit [kit]16 fossils, 1 3X magnifying lens, 15 activity cards, 1 teacher's guide ; in box.

Rocks & minerals [kit]. 160 rocks and minerals, 5 magnifiers : rock, plastic ; in container 19 x 16 x 16. + 1 guide book (128 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)

Cross section volcano model [model].  1 model (2 halves) : col., foam plastic + 1 instruction booklet.

[Bacterial diseases] [realia] : cough, pneumonia, salmonella, tuberculosis / Giantmicrobes4 stuffed figures (approx 10-20 cm. ea.) : col., plush material ; in bag.