Part 4, "Ancillary Resources," provides information about resources that are available from hundreds of institutions—including museums, zoos, science centers, and professional and government organizations—to enrich the experiences of teaching and learning inquiry-centered middle school science. Such resources are "ancillary" in that they are available from sources other than the school or the classroom and they are used to support an existing science curriculum.
Although such resources vary widely, it is convenient for purposes of this guide to describe them in three general categories: (1) programs for students, such as exhibits and guided tours; (2) materials and publications, such as teacher's guides and kits of hands-on materials available for loan to science classes; and (3) education and support for teachers, such as workshops, in-service training, and databases of scientists and engineers committed to enhancing science education.
For the middle school teacher to incorporate such resources into the curriculum first requires the time to research them. Which organizations offer such support? What is available locally? Where would one call for further information about such programs and services? This part of the guide provides a quick reference source that answers these initial questions.
Teachers can become acquainted with the kinds of resources and programs available throughout the country as well as in their own local areas by leafing through this part of