Order Making Sense of SCIENCE Resources

Making Sense of SCIENCE is a comprehensive series of professional development courses that focus on core topics of K–8 earth, life, and physical science.

Each course listed below:

  • Explores the intersection of science knowledge, teaching, and literacy so that teachers are better able to help students make sense of essential science content
  • Are nationally field-tested and proven through rigorous research studies to be effective for teachers and students — especially diverse students, including English learners and students with poor literacy skills

The courses are supported by a Teacher Book, a Facilitator Guide, and accompanying Digital Resources or CDs. Charts that serve as a focal point for teacher learning during the course as well as additional Teacher Books can be purchased separately.


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Facilitator Guide Bundle), Second Edition

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Facilitator Guide Bundle), Second Edition

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

“This course tackles core science topics and the challenges of teaching those topics head-on. It delves deeply into matter at the observable and atomic levels and meets the needs of teachers from novice to expert.”
— Barry Kluger-Bell, physicist, science educator, and former Assistant Director of the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry more >

Price: $249.95 | Format: Multimedia | Copyright: 2017



Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Teacher Book Bundle), Second Edition

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Teacher Book Bundle), Second Edition

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

Price: $59.95 | Format: Trade Paper | Copyright: 2017


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Charts), Second Edition

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Charts

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

Wall charts serve as the focal point for teacher learning during Making Sense of SCIENCE courses. This bundle includes 47 pre-made charts, making it easy to successfully lead a matter course for teachers, grades 5–12.

Price: $199.95 | Format: Poster | Copyright: 2017 | Add to Cart >


Cover image for Making Sense of SCIENCE: Genes and Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Facilitator Guide Bundle)

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Genes & Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Facilitator Guide Bundle)

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

“Making Sense of SCIENCE is phenomenal! We’ve learned so much about science, literacy, and facilitating adult learning. As a result, our science teachers have grown tremendously. These courses have been instrumental in improving student achievement in our district.”
— Kathy Huncosky & Lesli Taschwer, science instructional resource teachers more >

Price: $249.95 | Format: Multimedia | Copyright: 2017



Cover image for Making Sense of Science: Genes Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12 Teacher Book Bundle

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Genes & Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Teacher Book Bundle)

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

Price: $59.95 | Format: Trade Paper | Copyright: 2017


Cover image for Making Sense of SCIENCE: Genes & Traits for Teachers of Grades K-8 (Charts)

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Genes & Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12 (Charts)

By: Kirsten R. Daehler and Jennifer Folsom with Jennifer Mendenhall

This set of single-use, 24″ x 32″ wall charts is used by facilitators to anchor discussions and provide a visual archive of teachers’ thinking in the Genes & Traits Teacher Course. more >

Price: $199.95 | Format: Poster | Copyright: 2017


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Jennifer Folsom, Mayumi Shinohara

“At last we have an outstanding professional development resource that takes into account both students’ and teachers’ ideas and leads teachers through a collaborative process that makes a measurable difference in their teaching and student achievement.”
— Page Keeley (Past-President of the National Science Teachers Association and author of the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series) more >

Price: $249.95 | Format: Multimedia | Copyright: 2011


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Jennifer Folsom, Mayumi Shinohara

Price: $59.95 | Format: Trade Paper | Copyright: 2011


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6–8, Charts

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6–8, Charts

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Jennifer Folsom, Mayumi Shinohara

Wall charts serve as the focal point for teacher learning during Making Sense of SCIENCE courses. This bundle includes 36 pre-made charts, making it easy to successfully lead an energy course for teachers, grades 6–8. more >

Price: $149.95 | Format: Poster | Copyright: 2011


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6-8

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6-8

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Mayumi Shinohara, Jennifer Folsom

“What more could you ask for in a professional development experience? I learned new ways to get kids talking about science in a rich way, ways to analyze student work, and ways to improve my lessons. I also came face to face with some of my own science misconceptions. My teaching practice is changed forever.”
— Vicki Baker, National Board Certified teacher, Union City, CA more >

Price: $249.95 | Format: Multimedia | Copyright: 2011


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Mayumi Shinohara, Jennifer Folsom

Price: $59.95 | Format: Trade Paper | Copyright: 2011


Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6–8, Charts

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Force & Motion for Teachers of Grades 6–8, Charts

By: Kirsten R. Daehler, Mayumi Shinohara, Jennifer Folsom

Wall charts serve as the focal point for teacher learning during Making Sense of SCIENCE courses. This bundle includes 48 pre-made charts, making it easy to successfully lead a force and motion course for teachers, grades 6–8. more >

Price: $149.95 | Format: Poster | Copyright: 2011


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For more information about Making Sense of SCIENCE courses and Facilitation Academies, visit us at WestEd.org/mss.