Lab Manuals

Engage students and bolster your curriculum with fully customizable and hands-on lab activities.

About our Teacher Guides

A single Teacher Guide is all you need to lead your class through the various lab activities.

Each lab manual contains the printed teacher version of the labs and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of the teacher versions, and the editable MS Word® student versions so you can customize the labs as needed.

Questions are embedded throughout the activities. Most have sequencing challenges which provide opportunities for students to predict outcomes prior to data collection Additionally all of them have post-lab multiple choice questions help make the connection between lectures and labs as seamless as possible. 

All lab activities are correlated to state and national standards. (See the bottom of the page for details.)

The PASCO probeware recommended for these labs ensures accurate and repeatable real-time data collection. All activities may be performed using Windows® or Mac® Computers, iPads®, Android® tablets or ChromeBooks™ with your choice of interface.

Teacher Guides for high school, middle school & elementary school

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Biology through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2870C)

Features 25 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts of cell biology, ecology and physiology.

Chemistry through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2871C)

Features over 25 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts of lab skills, structure & properties of matter, chemical reactions and more.

Water Quality Field Guide

(PS-2829A)

A complete reference for all your water quality needs covering 16 water quality parameters, why they are important and how to accurately measure them.

Physical Science through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2843B)

Features over 29 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts mechanics, chemical reactions, properties of matter, energy transfer, the geosphere and more.

Middle School Life Science Teacher Guide

(PS-3850)

Features 13 core lab activities coverign the fundamental concepts of physiology, ecology, plant systems and more

Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide

(PS-3852)

Features 23 core lab activities that cover the fundamental concepts of Force & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Circuits, Fluids and more.

Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide

(PS-3851)

Features 13 core activities covering the fundamental topics of weather & climate, seismology & topography, soil properties and more.

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

(PS-2875D)

Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Advanced Teacher Guides

Suitable for advanced-level, AP® and IB® courses*

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 1 Teacher Guide

(PS-2848)

Teacher guide featuring 15 labs designed for Advanced Placement Physics 1.

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2 Teacher Guide

(PS-2849)

Teacher guide featuring labs designed for Advanced Placement Physics 2.

Advanced Biology through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2852)

This manual features 22 challenging, standards-based, inquiry lab activities for AP, IB, and honors programs.

Advanced Chemistry Through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2828)

Teacher manual for AP* and Advanced Chemistry labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide

(PS-2979)

Teacher manual for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

College Instructor Guides

University level lab activities.

College Biology Instructor Guide

(PS-3800A)

College Instructor edition with 26 experiments covering introductory and general biology topics.

College Chemistry Instructor Guide

(PS-3803A)

College Instructor edition with 36 experiments covering introductory and general chemistry topics.

College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

(PS-3809A)

College Instructor edition with experiments covering introductory and general environmental science topics.

STEM Modules

These modules integrate the four components of STEM through an engineering design challenge in the life or physical sciences, with a tangible product or process as the outcome. See more detail.

STEM Module: Biosphere

(PS-2980)

Biosphere Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students create a model ecosystem.

STEM Module: Air Bag

(PS-2983)

Air Bag Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct an air bag.

STEM Module: Collisions

(PS-2986)

Collisions Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct a mock automobile bumper.

STEM Module: Egg Drop

(PS-2989)

Egg Drop Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct an apparatus designed to protect a raw egg.

Additional Manuals

Comprehensive 850 Physics System Experiment Manual

(UI-5813)

This manual is included in both the UI-5800 and UI-5801. It contains Word files, PASCO Capstone files and graphics all on a flash drive.

Advanced Physics Teacher Guide

(PS-2879C)

This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.

Comprehensive Physics System Lab Manual

(CA-6787)

Includes 80 experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism. CD included.

* AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product

   IB is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in athe production of, and does not endorse, this product

Standards Correlations

PASCO materials are correlated to state content and assessment standards, US national standards, Canada and England standards including Advanced Placement (AP), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and International Baccalaureate (IB) and much more.

View a complete rundown on our Standards Correlations page.