Notice: the ICE Office will be closed through Friday, May 15

In response to the COVID-19 situation we must close the ICE Office and Online Store until May 15th. Our office will reopen Monday, May 18. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has requested that only absolutely essential operations continue. We regret the inconvenience but these are not typical times. As the COVID-19 situation develops further we will post updates here. If you have questions, please contact us by email at ice@chem.wisc.edu. We will try to respond within 48 hours.

Chemistry Camps Cancelled for summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has cancelled all face-to-face summer outreach programs, including ICE Chemistry Camps. We will provide full refunds to all who have already registered. We regret being unable to provide hands-on science to children for the first time in more than 35 years.

Super Science Connections


Integrated Activities for Grades K–3

Super Science Connections: Integrated Activities for Grades K–3 (SSC) was designed to help elementary school teachers who have little science background integrate hands-on science activities into a typical K–3 curriculum. It was written by K–3 teachers, for K–3 teachers.

SSC integrates children's literature, writing, mathematics, art projects, social studies, and health instruction with hands-on science—observing, devising experiments, hypothesizing, and drawing conclusions. It models ways in which your classroom can become a place where students learn and enjoy science in context. SSC contains 39 activities centered on a science concept or process skill connected to the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. The activities are divided into these topics: Color and Light; Insulation; Pressure; Surface Tension; Water and Changing Its State

Read Me First!

Before using any of the activities for the first time, please read the two introductory sections: Getting Started and Reference Materials. Getting Started has a discussion of teaching strategies, introductory activities that are a prelude to the other sections, and a full table of contents of all SSC activities. Reference Materials has connections to Benchmarks (1993 and 2009), connecting SSC with literature, mathematics, art, and much more. It is a very useful introduction that will prepare you for using any of the SSC Activities.

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Disclaimer. This publication is intended for use by teachers or other adults with properly supervised children. All adults and children are expected to follow normal safety precautions when performing the activities described in this manual (see A Note about Safety). Neither the authors nor the publisher assumes liability for the use of information in this publication.

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Permission to copy worksheets. You have our permission to make as many copies as are needed for students in your classes of any or all of the worksheets that accompany each activity.

Printed copies of SSC are available for purchase from ICE, The Institute for Chemical Education; ICE publication SSC.