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CLAIRE ZURBUCH LENDING LIBRARY
Scientific kits and Resources

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS INVITED TO USE OUR SCIENCE KITS

Kit Fees:

  • (A) = $10 Low amount of consumables

  • (B) = $15 Medium amount of consumables

  • (C) = $25 High amount of consumables

  • (D) = $50 Very pricey consumables

  • You may drop off/pick up kits as borrowed.
    Otherwise, any Postage charges will be
    billed to your or your location.

  • Please return your kit in a timely manner;
    there are waiting lists for many of these
    kits

Elementary teachers, do you ever wish you could simplify the teaching some of your science lessons? We now have available some science kits for you to use in your classrooms. We’ve had a lending library for some time, but it was sorely in need of updating. Look here to find those kits that are updated and ready to be lent out!! Each kit is all-inclusive and ready for you to open up and use in a classroom of no more than 30 students. Each kit identifies supporting STATE STANDARDS and recommended age/grade levels. Each kit has a lesson plan, special teacher instructions, student handouts, all the materials, supplies, equipment needed to conduct your lessons efficiently and effectively!

Of course, there are consumables in each kit. Thus, we do charge a minimal charge to help us restock kit consumables upon return. Like any library, you will need to pick up and drop off any kit you have borrowed. If you need us to mail a kit to you, postage charges will be billed to you. It is important that you pick up and return the kits in a timely manner because we often have a waiting list for some of these kits. To reserve a kit, click here Here are the kits that are now available:

Title Subject Area
Amazing Algebra!!

In this kit you will discover how algebra can come alive in the pages of a story and in the minds of your students. You will find books such as Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong and Amanda Beans Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander. These fun stories will guide students through mathematical concepts such as, growth patterns, recording data, representing a pattern with an equation and connecting algebra with multiplication. Other activities you will find in the kit include, Iguanas! Building With Pattern Blocks, Letter Patterns; Building with Color Tiles and many more! A class set of manipulatives and the teacher guide Lessons for Algebraic Thinking is included. Designed for grades three through five. More Info (B)

Problem-Solving 'N' Literature Kit The purpose of this kit is to give teachers motivating, hands-on activities that present and practice math problem-solving skills for kindergarten through sixth grades. Activities integrate problems drawn from high-interest children's literature with math manipulatives that allow children to physically demonstrate situations. When students can physically construct and visualize a problem, it is easier for them to describe it, solve it, and explain their thought processes to others. More Info (B)
Fearless Fractions Help students to find that there is no need to fear fractions.

In this Kit:

  • many hands on visual and kinesthetic materials to develop and enhance the learning of fractions. Fractions are a concept with which students may have difficulty. The kit offers a new way to look at these.
  • There are opportunities to work independently or learn by playing games. The materials may be adapted in a variety of ways.

Grades three, four, and five can benefit from the use of these materials. Grade two could also benefit from the recognition of fractions and equivalencies. More Info (B)

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Measurement Math 'N' Literature Activities Children grasp measurement concepts better when they can relate them to something. The books included with this kit offer experiences that will inspire children to learn more about size and weight. Then using the books as a starting place, activities can be incorporated to demonstrate measurement of great sizes and weights.
  • 13 activities are presented in the guide.
  • The activities are geared for grades one, two and three.

Napping House and Patrick's Dinosaur are probably best for first and second and Is the Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? is probably best for third. More Info (B)

Fraction/Decimal/Percents Math Kit In this Kit: Included in this kit are many hands on visual and kinesthetic materials to enhance the learning of decimals, fractions and percents. These are three areas where students may have difficulty. The kit offers a new way to look at these.

There are opportunities to work independently or learn by playing games. The materials may be adapted in a variety of ways. Grades three, four, and five can benefit from the use of these materials. More Info (B)

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Rock & Roll with Rocks This kit is recommended for grade 3. It is a basic introduction to using an identification key, classifying rocks, and discovering the basic properties of rocks. The objectives are:
  • The students will be able to categorize and differentiate between random items according to like characteristics.
  • The students will be able to classify rocks by comparing distinct physical properties of rocks.
  • The students will perform different tests on rock samples in order to identify the physical properties of common rock forming minerals.  (B)
Moon Phases Activity The students will demonstrate how craters are formed on the moon’s surface using flour and balls. They will discover the effect of size and speed on the craters. They will describe and draw the craters and the surrounding material that is forced out of the crater upon impact. Students will also observe the effect that the relative positions of the sun, earth and moon have on the appearance of the moon describe, compare and explain the phases of the moon. In addition, the students will model the path that the moon takes as it circles the earth. They will discover that the orbit is elliptical.  (A)
CLOUDS: This Lesson is about Clouds and the Water Cycle. It is recommended for grades K-4. In this lesson students will learn the stages of the water cycle by singing fun (and easy) songs. They will discover that clouds are made of tiny water droplets through an activity in which the students will make an actual “cloud”. Students will learn to identify various cloud types and predict what kind of weather each type brings. They will also explore how wind moves clouds and can form different cloud types. This lesson is a hands-on approach to clouds that can be simple enough for kindergarteners or intriguing enough to capture the attention of fourth-grade students. Not to mention, it is aligned with the Academic Content Standards! (A)
OWL PELLETS: Designed for grade level 3 and up. Aligned to state standards. Owl pellets can be used to teach a part of the natural food chain. They can also be used to teach skeletal structure of rodents. Owl pellets are compact undigested parts, which the owl eats. The owl regurgitates these compact pellets, which contain fur, bones, etc. of small rodents. The dry pellets we use are sterilized and will not smell or be unpleasant for students to handle. Students will also better understand the interdependence of all living things in an ecological system. (D)
TURTLE SCIENCE MYSTERY: The students will be excited to do the activities in this lesson. The instructor may have the students work on the whole kit at one time or split the lesson into activity sessions depending on the allowed class time. Experiencing the whole kit without explanations will take the students approximately one hour. Set the mood by having the students role play as if they were real forensic scientists. This lesson can be as simple as “fun science” just by performing the activities or more difficult depending on the questions asked to the students. Higher order questions can be formulated using the objectives listed below from the Academic Content Standards. (C)
CHEM COMMANDOS: In this action-packed kit, student commandos work in small task forces to complete 3 missions, which investigate physical and chemical changes. In their first mission, adventurers observe physical changes in science dough. Mission number 2 directs students to combine 2 substances and observe a chemical reaction. The third Mission is “pH Patrol” in which they become familiar with common acids and bases. Some (but not all) 4th grade content standards, which are included in this kit, are:
  • Identify characteristics of simple physical and chemical changes.
  • Record the results and data from investigations and make reasonable explanations.
  • Represent and interpret data using tables, bar graphs, line plots and line graphs.     (A)
Photosynthesis The students will be given the opportunity to build molecules of carbon dioxide, water, glucose and oxygen to understand the chemical breakdown and photosynthesis cycle. This kit is designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 and is aligned to Ohio Academic Content Standards. Students also learn about:
  • Photosynthesis - The chemical process by which chlorophyll-containing plants use light to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates, releasing oxygen as a byproduct.
  • Atoms -- The smallest particle of an element that can exist either alone or in combination.
  • Molecules -- The smallest particle of a substance that retains all the properties of the substance and is composed of one or more atoms.
    (A)
Captivating Crystals Captivating Crystals Kit includes 6 investigations that can be done to introduce crystals and their unique shapes to your class. Some of the investigations (Crystal Creations and Table Salt Crystals) can be completed in one science lesson and some can take weeks (A Closer Look at Crystals, Sugar Gems, Crystal Garden, Growing Alum Crystals), depending on how much time you wish to allow for crystals to grow. Because of crystals’ individual unique shapes, they are good for learning about physical properties for 3rd and 4th graders, comparing, sorting, keeping track of results and reporting the results to others and mathematical patterning for 3rd graders. Some of the investigations take patience and care (the longer ones) and some are easy and even artistic. Working with crystals is working with physical change, not chemical change and it is fun to see what evaporation can bring. (B)
Refraction Refraction (What causes light to bend?): Did you ever wonder how glasses work to help us see objects more clearly? The purpose of this kit is to help students explore how different materials affect the speed of light and therefore, the appearance of objects.

The objectives of the kit include:

#1. The students will observe how substances can cause light to bend and make objects appear different sizes.

#2. The students will compare the affect of various substances on light and thus the appearance of objects.

Designed for Grade 5, this kit includes six investigations and background information for the teacher. Two of the investigations are best done by demonstration, but four could be set up as center explorations. Worksheets make evident the importance of being able to verbalize what is observed. These experiments are fun and can encourage students to individually pursue further investigations. They also work to meet the standards of Nature of Energy and Science Inquiry. (A)

Chromatography is a scientific process used to determine the make-up of substances. Used in forensics and high-tech science labs, chromatography can be easily understood by elementary students. In this approach, students solve a mystery by conducting their own chemical analysis experiments. They will use liquid chromatography on paper to determine the pigments used in ink. This lesson is a colorful experience your students will remember!

This unit supports (but is not limited to) these fourth grade standards:

  • Identify characteristics of a simple physical change.
  • Describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made and that these properties can be used to separate or sort a group of objects,
  • Explain that matter has different states and that each state has distinct physical properties.
  • Develop, design and conduct safe, simple investigations or experiments to answer questions.
  • Record the results and data from an investigation using evidence to support findings. (A)
Designed for grades 1-3, this kit can be used to demonstrate concepts to younger students, or with small groups for older ones.

Students will experiment with making different items move using static electricity. Breakfast cereal will mysteriously run away from little fingers, straws will spin, ping-pong balls will follow combs, balloons will play tag, foil will dance, sugar will stand up at attention, and salt will fly. Not because the kit contains magic wands, but because opposite charges attract, and negative ones repel.

This unit supports (but is not limited to) these standard-based areas:

Grade 1
  • Explore the effects some objects have on others even when the 2 objects might not touch.
  • Investigate a variety of ways to make things move and what causes them to change speed, direction and/or stop.

Grade 3

  • Identify forces that affect motion of an object. (A)
Designed for Grade 3, this kit will give students the opportunity to explore and classify the shells of once living things. Students will learn to identify shells using a dichotomous key and become acquainted with the group of animals known as mollusks.

This kit supports (but is not limited to) the following standard based areas:

Grade 3
  • Classify animals according to their characteristics (e.g., body coverings and body structure).
  • Relate animal structures to their specific survival functions (e.g., obtaining food, escaping or hiding from enemies).
  • Record and organize observations. (A)
The students are given a simple task of mixing and separating items while applying methods of scientific inquiry, and identifying the physical properties of each of the objects.

This kit supports (but not limited to) these standard-based areas for grade 4:
  • Identify characteristics of a simple physical change.
  • Describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made and that these properties can be used to separate or sort a group of objects.
  • Describe, illustrate and evaluate the design process used to solve a problem.
  • Formulate instructions and communicate data in a manner that allows others to understand and repeat an investigation or experiment.
  • Record the results and data from an investigation and make a reasonable explanation.
  • Explain why keeping records of observations and investigations is important. (A)