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Sherry in OH

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Where do you buy supplies for your science curriculum or projects?


I have a long list of items I will need for next school year. Many items are common household items or can easily be obtained at a hardware or craft store. Do you know of an inexpensive source for the following -


Iron filings


Rocks and minerals - sedimentary and igneous rocks in general, plus granite, mica, ores, rock containing fossils, limestone containing fossils, sandstone, and shale

Realistic scale model of human skeleton - articulated

Real or model skeletons of a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish - we do have the option of using photos for these

Seashells including coral


Globe on a stand (colored to show topography and vegetation)


Specimens of crab, crayfish, lobster, or large insect for dissection - can we shellfish from the seafood counter of a large grocery store?


Is a pocket magnifier a magnifying glass?



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I've gotten ALOT of our teaching tools (including some you listed) from a couple places..


-Lakeshore Learning

-Parent-Teacher Store

-Melissa and Doug


And a pocket magnifier is just a mini magnifying glass. I don't see why you couldn't use something fresh from the seafood counter..but I'm not sure as we haven't done this part yet. Dh would rather us do this stuff virtually and not actual hands on...so I don't have a clue, sorry!


Oh and globes I heard can be found at Target and Walmart. However Lakeshore Learning has a couple really nice elementary globes and even regular globes.


You'd be AMAZED at the selection of science tools at Lakeshore Learning!

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Home Science Tools has many of the items on your list. (Not sure about the globe.)


Their dissection kit is a great value.


Acorn Naturalist might have your animal skeletons.




I use both of these companies often. We have the bat skeleton from Acorn and it's beautiful.

The other company that comes to mind is Nature Watch: http://www.nature-watch.com/index.php. They sell rocks too.


Montessori Services sells the skeletons: http://www.montessoriservices.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=105_3321_3439

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