Science/Discovery Center

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  1. CarolinaTeach

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    What items do you include in your science/discovery center?

    Thanks :)
     
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    books, magnifying glass, geo boards, plants, seeds, fire bellied toad, old exp. that we did, compost pile, reflection sheets, guestion board
     
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    KarenEC - those are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    In addition to what was mentioned above, we have clear glass baby food jars with holes in the lids that we fill with items that have strong scents. We also have deep trays filled with colored sand that we put plastic beekers in. The kids use a spoon and scoop the sand into the beekers. Sometimes we also put jewels or other small items in the sand. Lastly, we have small child-sized scales that we have them measure and balance with.
     
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    KarenEC- You had so many unique hands on activities in the Nature/Science center. I can't wait to use some of them. I especially liked the seed sorting, and use of mirrors with the tanagrams- minimal cost involved!

    My science center has 4 parts to it
    1. A collection of natural objects- shells, pinecones, leaves, etc.
    2. Living things- plants, bird feeder, fish, etc.
    3. Hands on activities and games-magnifiers, sink/float, etc.
    4. Non-fiction books- sea animals, minerals, space, etc.
     
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    wow, now I need more bookshelves!!

    I love that tree. How did you anchor the drift wood so it doesn't fall down. I love that.

    We have many of the items you all have mentioned, but we do it in sucession not all out at once. I see now I will need another bookshelf in my bookshelf collection!! Thanks to you all for sharing!!
     
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    We have a composter in our outside lab area (the garden) but do you have one inside? It is compost or worm bin? Just wondering.
     
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    Your terrarium is beautiful! I have an aquarium in which I housed hermit crabs, but it was too big. I would love to keep a terrarium on my science table. Where did you get the directions?
     
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    Awesome website lots of resources. So many to choose from must have took alot of time to get these many items. :D
     
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    Cool idea with the aquarium I think I have an extra one i can try to get done for the watercycle we are a tested subject and it be a great example. :D
     
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    Terrarium

    I got the idea from the web page Terrarium Man. That large tank use to house all my fish, but it was a lot of work to keep the large fish tank clean. That is how it turned into a terrarium. When children find frogs or other critters it is a great place to house them for further oberservation. Here is the Terrarium Man link.http://www.stormthecastle.com/terrarium/index.htm
     
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    I cut the bottom of the drift wood so that it would stand flat.

    Next my husband attached 3/4 inch plywood to the bottom on the drift wood, by strew the plywood to the trunk. (through bottom of plywood, straight up into the trunk with about three screws)

    He then screwed the plywood to the top of my science shelf.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    I already looked him up. The site is fabulous. Yours looks like it has a lot of water. Did you do a regular terrarium or the one with the underground cave for animals to live? The regular one has sand/pebbles, charcoal, spaghunum moss then soil.

    Did the children build it with you? If so, what was the process?
     
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    I did the regular one. Yes the children helped with the process. We took a walking field trip to the local nursery. (Just a couple of blocks away) The children helped to gather the needed items for the terrarium, and carried some of the items back in pails. (Later I went back and picked up all the supplies, before the project I talked to the nursery owners and told them what I wanted to do and they ended up donating all items needed).:D

    The children helped to layer all the layers by scooping and measuring all layers. Next children helped to plant plants.
    As the process went on children would find items that they wanted to add to the terrarium.
    Sticks
    stones
    a log with moss on it

    The terrarium does make for a great habitat for animals they find. We have had tree frogs, toads, garden snake, walking sticks, and lizards in it. I let the children house the animals for observation over a few weeks and them we always set them free.
     
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    I wish I were in your class! What a fantastic project! I can't wait until school starts. We are going to do the same.
     
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    Is that a project plan idea I hear brewing in your mind Dzenna?
     
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    Yep, you'll see it on the project thread!!
     
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    can't wait!!:woot::woot::woot::blush:
     
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    Please help me out...I'd love to do this with my class this year, but I have NO windows and no sunlight. What do I do?
     
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    can you get a grow lamp?
     

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