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What would you do with $100?
Old 07-27-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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I live and teach in Georgia and our dear governor has given each teacher $100 in a gift VISA card. Last year, my first year as a Gifted Pullout teacher, I feel like I frittered away the money. I'd really like to get good mileage out of it.

So if you had $100 to spend for your gifted class, what would you buy?

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Books! There are always so many books I want to buy from Borders/Barnes and Noble but I don't because they are too expensive.
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I would say "books" too. Especially the critical thinking books, mind benders, etc.
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if you do go to barnes and noble to buy books, sign up for an educator card before you buy them! you'll need a school ID or paystub to sign up, but you will get 20% off. doing that would be like getting 120 dollars worth of books.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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When I get "found money" like that, I tend to hang on to it, and if something comes up where I don't have time to put in a budget request, I use the money there. Example - I needed materials for clay animation. I can buy it at Michael's for about $20.00, or I can order it from a company and have to wait for the P.O. to go through, AND it's more expensive there.. so, I'd use the gift card for something like that. Since it doesn't all have to be spent at one time, I'd just use it that way...


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$100 for books
Old 07-27-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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Okay, books seem to be a resoundingly big idea - easy to run with. So mindbenders, any other titles? I do have a time limit - must be spent before school starts in early September.
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Interact Simulations
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I would order a simulation from Interact. The units from Interact are highly interactive and gifted students enjoy the different activities. It also allow them to be very creative. My 4th and 5th graders enjoyed Skateboard Science. They worked in teams and built skate parks. My 5th graders enjoyed Code Blue. They learned about the Body Systems and also built models.
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If you've got a chunk of money, even though it's not a lot, I would recommend on focusing on one unit. For instance, you could plan a games unit for k-1 kids and buy thinking/strategy games from MindWare. Or you could buy books (!) and teach literature based classes. novelunits.com have great teacher resources if you decide to go this way. Having a game plan is a good idea. Good luck!
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Eggspert is great!!
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I also teach Gifted students in Georgia. Two years ago, I used part of my $100 gift card to purchase an Eggspert. I don't know if you are familiar with it, but it can be used to play Jeopardy like games. My students (fifth and sixth graders) love it. Everyone always gets excited when they walk into the room and see it set up.
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Presentation Clicker ($40)
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I have a Smartboard in my classroom. I bought a presentation clicker to advance my ppt. slides without having to hover over my computer the whole time. No regrets!


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