Money to spend on science - ideas?

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  1. epatterson

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    I took a class this summer and have $200 to spend on science materials as a result. I will be teaching 2nd grade and our 4 areas we have to cover are magnets, matter, weather, and animals. Any really cool ideas of things to buy to go along with these units?
     
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    I would look at the Foss kits. Check the prices and see if there are any that you find interesting. I have never used them, but everybody reports that they are complete and wonderful, but expersive.

    I woudl check the state standard and see what second grade students are expected to learn.
     
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    School is actually buying guided reading books, trade books, and FOSS kits for us. The $200 is just for manipulatives and fun stuff! :D
     
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    steve spangler has some neat stuff.

    www.stevespanglerscience.com
     
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    I second the steve spangler site.

    There is a link to magnatism and weather. Also, check out the anatomy and biology link for animal stuff. And do a search for matter and click on products and experiments.
     
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    I'd go for Steve Spangler.

    Well, I can say I purchased a digital gram scale with extra money I had, and it was about $120. I love it. :) But... it really isn't 2nd grade. It's more my end of the stick.

    What's in your curriculum for science?
     
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    We have FOSS kits and we just adopted a new textbook series (MacMillan McGraw Hill) that has all of the materials needed for the experiments in the textbook. We cover 4 main topics: magnetism, weather, matter, and animals. I LOVE the Steve Spangler site - thanks for the suggestions! Keep em coming... :)
     
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    How about class pets, magazines like Ranger Rick and Zoobooks, butterfly or frog hatching kit, science posters-I found some on habitats that were good!, big thermometer.
     
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    My kids loved Zoobooks. That's a great idea.
     
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    Carolina Biological is great for live critters. We get frogs and crabs every year.
     
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    hi my school had foss but our new prinicpal wants to bring science texts also from macMillan, "Science a closer Look" unfortunately they haven't arrived. I got a sample text, but w/o the teacher ed. im hesitant to drive myself crazy figuring it all out when the teacher ed might be a good guide. any suggestions? i teach 4th grade.
     
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    www.learningresources.com has some neat pocket chart units. Not expensive, but very handy - reproducibles, all the cards.
     

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