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  • Item #: 063989
    Retail: $10.00
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

       This flashlight is for your avid star gazer! After looking at star maps with a regular flashlight, it is difficult to refocus and view the actual stars. The RedSight Flashlight allows you to view your star finder or star map and still be able to view the night sky. The flashlight has 9 red LED bulbs and a glow in the dark rubber grip. The carabiner clip allows you to clip the flashlight to a pants loop, back pack or a lanyard so it isn’t lost in the dark. The flashlight uses 3 AAA batteries that aren’t included and is great for any activity that requires a low level of light. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 019392
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

    One of the best things I get to do around here, is play with all of the microscopes and science gadgets that come in. The eFlex LED Lighted Digital microscope is no exception, and is the quality I would expect from Carson Optical.

    This easy-to-use digital microscope hooks right up to the USB port (2.0 or 3.0) on your computer; and works with Windows XP SP2+, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Mac OS X 10.4.9 – 10.11. However, this product will not work with tablets of any kind. The user guide isn't included in the kit, but an included instruction sheet explains access to the user guide on Carson Optical's website or you may have it sent to you.

    The 3 ½" long microscope can be held in your hand for viewing, or pop it into the holder that is mounted at the end of a flexible neck. A heavy duty suction cup with a clip to ensure stability allows you to attach the flexible neck and scope to the mat or to any smooth surface. I was pleasantly surprised at how firm the suction holds. The magnification can be adjusted from 75X to 300X. With the scope mounted, I could simply adjust the focus with just one hand – so easy to do. You can also adjust the brightness (lighting) on the scope. You can click photos with just a touch on the top of the scope and capture videos of live specimens. The view is clear and crisp enough to reveal a microscopic world. A 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inch mat is included, which has centimeters marked down one edge, inches on the other edge and a grid in the viewing area. This feature allows you to have a record of specimen size when photographing.

    If you're looking for a quality starter scope, this scope is great! You can use it with the whole family or with a group, since you can see the picture on the computer screen – so no squinting through the eyehole for a better view. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 015896
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

     Transform compatible Playmobil® into remote-control vehicles. Requires one 9V and four 1.5V batteries (not included).

  • Item #: 005641
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.90

     Includes 4 sheets of puffy, glittery stickers. 7”x9” frame with easel.

  • Item #: 073895
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $34.95

  • Item #: 069710
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

     Prepare to be WOW-ED! Probably the coolest (ahem, educational) introductory science kit! Designed for free exploration or parent/teacher led discovery, this kit contains 10 double-sided activity cards and supplies to discover primary and secondary colors, magnetism and bubble making. The larger-sized, durable components will last for years. You’ll receive glasses with slots for different colored lenses (included), two test tubes with lids, test tube rack, horseshoe magnet, bubble wand and tray, and a twisty dropper. Note: the components are larger for small hands. For example, the dropper measures nearly 6” long!

      Glossy, cardstock activity cards measure 9”x 6 1/4” pictures the kit’s tool needed for the activity. Cards also list additional needed household items and the key science concept. On the flip side is step-by-step activity instructions. Children are never too young to fall in love with science and this kit will inspire capture their imagination. 24 pc. set ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 044921
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    If you crossed a common, ordinary pocket microscope with a Swiss Army knife, you just might end up with the X-Scope. Truly the "Cadillac" of magnification tools, this handy little pocket-size 30x microscope also includes an 8x pull-out telescope, a 9x magnifying hand lens, a clock, a whistle, a compass and a flashlight! Ok, if you aren't bedazzled with all those extra features, you will definitely be impressed with the quality of magnification and the bright, sharp viewing provided by the LED bulb. Just flip the light switch, place the object you want to observe underneath, and look through the lens on the top. Compared to other pocket microscopes in our office, this one allowed us to see all those Asian beetles in our office in much more detail! Jess

  • Item #: 044833
    ISBN: 9780393003888
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Originally presented as a series of lectures at Cambridge University, this comprehensive history looks at the fall of Rome as facilitated from within and without. Author J. B. Bury's explanation of the causes of Rome's downfall show how the ever-expanding and aggressive attacks by the Goths, Huns, Vandals, and Franks, combined with a relaxed attitude and downsizing within the Empire, led to the eventual end of the once mighty Roman Empire. Rather than having chapters, the book is organized by lecture – 15 in all – and works steadily through the progression of events. This sequence can be seen in the lecture titles as follows: Lecture 1: Germans and Their Wanderings, 2: Roman Empire and the Germans, 3: Clash of Rome and the Barbarians, 4: Visigothic Entry in to the Empire, 5: Raiding of Italy and Gaul, 6: Visigoths in Italy and in Gaul, 7: Gaul, Spain, and Africa in Transition, 8: A New Menace to the Empire, 9: Attila's Attack on Gaul and Italy, 10: Decline of the Roman Power in the West, 11: Ostrogothic Conquest of Italy, 12: Visigoths and Franks in Gaul, 13: Reign of Clovis, 14: Lombard Invasion of Italy, 15: The Lombard Law. A timeless text that enlightens us to the groundwork for the modern era of Europe. 296 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 064350
    Retail: $399.99
    Rainbow Price: $319.95

     Take your K’Nex to the next level with this programmable robotics system. This set has over 800 pieces, programming software, a control box, 4 motors, 1 push-button sensor, 1 distance sensor, 1 tri-color LED, 1 color/light sensor, and a downloadable teacher’s guide. Build 9 different models (one at a time) – line tracker, robot, dog, airplane, car, and more. You will need 6AA batteries that aren’t included and the software is only compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 using a USB port – not compatible with Mac products. Supports STEM and NexGen Science Standards and the kit is large enough to be used by students or a family working in a group of two or three. Video instruction, programming software, user guide, and additional PDF files are available at the publisher’s website. This may look like a toy, but students will learn how to build, program, and control their project, and maybe even come up with some of their own creations. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 037771
    Retail: $52.40
    Rainbow Price: $34.95

       The newest in the Snap Circuits line, Snapino™ introduces elementary students to coding and programming using the Snapino™ module, which includes an Arduino UNO circuit board. This is a mini computer that can be programmed to perform different tasks.

      The set includes one each 2-snap, 3-snap, and 5-snap wire; 9V battery holder w/ switch; mini base grid; red LED; green LED; red/yellow bi-color LED; white jumper wire; red snap-to-pin wire; phototransistor; resistor; press switch; Snapino™ module; USB cable; and instruction manual. The instruction manual includes important information about each piece in this set and their functions; an introduction to electricity; dos and don’ts of building circuits; troubleshooting; project instructions; an introduction to microcontrollers; and how to install the software and use it. After doing projects 1 and 2, you should be familiar with the functions of the pieces – now you are ready to program for the rest of the projects. Once you have installed the free software at www.arduino.cc (for Windows, Mac, and Linux), you are ready to program alternating lights, stoplight, bicolor light, light monitor, and more.

      This set is compatible with other Snap Circuit sets, but to be used only with the 9V battery holder included or with a USB cable. Don’t use with other Snap Circuits battery holders or other power sources.

      If you have a younger student interested in coding and electricity, this set is a great hands-on introduction to the concepts. The Snapino™ module and snap circuit components offer immediate application of what students are learning. ~ Donna 1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 017330
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $389.70

     The lab kit contains Lab Apron; reusable safety gloves; safety goggles; Micro Lab Butane Burner; ring support stand; ring support; wire gauze; clay triangle; 10ml, 150ml, and 250 ml beaker; 10 ml, 25ml, and 100ml graduated cylinder; evaporating dish; watch glass; funnel; crucible tongs; filter paper; sand; bar magnet; lab spatula; test tube brush; test tube rack; test tubes; Sulfur; Hydrochloric Acid; iron filings; Iron II (ferrous) Sulfate; wooden ruler; Vernier Caliper; 50 ml and 600 ml beaker; wooden splints; Spectroscope; Potassium Chloride; Potassium Nitrate; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Nitrate; 9-Volt battery; electrical tape; LED light diode; resistor; insulated copper wire; Acetone; modeling clay; crucible with lid; stirring rod; copper wool; Sodium Hydroxide; Sulfuric Acid; Magnesium Ribbon; sandpaper; pipettes; Copper II (cupric) Sulfate; wash bottle; Sodium Bicarbonate; thermometer; capillary tubes; rubber stoppers; marbles; stopwatch; Ethyl Alcohol; China marker; Ammonium Chloride; Stoddard-type test tube clamp (holder); Styrofoam cups; cardboard; Copper metal shot; laser pointer; pipette filler; Burette Clamp; Sodium Thiosulfate; Erlenmeyer flask; rubber stopper for flask; Iron III (ferric) Chloride; Potassium Thiocyanate; Thymol Blue Solution; Methyl Orange Solution; Methyl Red Solution; Acetic Acid; Potassium Hydrogen Phthalate; multimeter; alligator clip connectors; Zinc electrode; Potassium Permanganate; Iron (II) Sulfate Heptahydrate; Sulfuric Acid; Methanol; Isopropanol; Salicylic Acid; copper wire; cork; and Isopropyl Alcohol Solution.

    1CHOKING HAZARD (1, 4). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 025970
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $28.25

    My childhood was plagued with overcomplicated electronics kits with massive breadboards and a tangle of resistors. After completing several of the 40 experiments, I feel this kit is much more concise than many and easy to construct. This hands-on lab is designed especially for those who need a knowledge of electronics leading to a career in electronics, computers or robotics. This Tronix Book 1 lab kit will provide a good foundation in basic electronics concepts and components. A 93-page workbook provides 40 briefly described lessons that follow a 3-step process: taking inventory of parts needed; building the circuitry; and performing the experiment (with procedure and observation). Experiments range from basic electronics lessons (how to use the circuit board, reading values, etc.) to component lessons (how diodes, resistors, photocells, transistors, etc. work) to more complicated electronic project lessons. My favorite experiment was the moisture detector. Others include the light controller, police siren and insanity alarm game. Additionally, 13 pages of lessons cover basic DC electronics (Ohm’s, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, and resistors in parallel and in series). At the end of the workbook are 9 pages of Build-the-Schematic exercises, in which the more advanced student will view a schematic, read the theory behind each item and follow the procedure to build. Students can also fill in the date of each schematic’s completion. Parts are identified visually and also according to lab used: includes a 6.5” x 1.5” breadboard, a 9V battery, ceramic disc capacitors, light emitting diodes, an integrated circuits/timer, a photocell, a battery snap, a timer, 3 standard LEDs,2 silicon rectifier, 4 pnp transistors, a speaker, resistors, a diode, a push-button switch, potentiometer, semiconductors, and 20 solid wires at different OHM ratings. While most helpful if learning alongside someone with some electrical experience, the variety of in-depth experiments allow high school students to have plenty of fun while learning ohm’s law, circuits in parallel versus series and voltage principals. ~ Steve

  • Item #: 064965
    ISBN: 9781457538094
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

       Take a different approach to teaching phonics and reading with your students. The Stretch & Catch Method can help children learn to read in 10 minutes a day. Whether you are teaching your children at home or they need extra help with their classroom learning, this method is easy and can be a tremendous help.

      The instructions for employing the Stretch & Catch Method are presented in a systematic fashion, so that anyone can use it. Developed by Amanda McNamara Lowe, her goal is to help all children learn to read. To learn to read, children must understand how words work. Stretch & Catch will help them see patterns in words, sound out the words, hear the sounds, feel the sounds, and use their fingers to “catch” the sounds.

      There are nine chapters in the book; chapter one is the explanation, preparation, and assessment portion of the book. This chapter is very important to understanding the Stretch & Catch methodology, The Word List (TWL), daily reading and placement. Stretch & Catch is a technique that uses the fingers to represent word sounds – Stretch is sounding out the word by raising one finger at a time per sound, Catch is saying all the sounds together, quickly, while bringing the fingers into a fist. Example: Spelling the word ‘dot’ – say /d/ and raise the first finger, say /o/ and raise the second finger, say /t/ and raise the third finger; say the word fast and pull the three fingers into a fist. My example is a simplified explanation of the methodology, and there is a scripted dialogue to be used along with it (8 steps). The Word Lists (TWL) are five colored lists of high-frequency words that the student learns to identify, these words make up 50% to 60% of the child’s reading and must be mastered. TWL are found in chapters 3 through 7. Assessments for TWL are found in chapter one, but you won’t use them until the appropriate time. Daily Reading to and with your child is a very important part of this program. There are no designated readers, but the author suggests reading alphabet and ABC books for children who need to learn basic letter sounds (children beginning with chapter two of this book). Early reader books for children in chapters three through six of this book, fluent readers (children in chapters 7-9) can read anything of interest to them. Chapter One includes a vital assessment tool to help you determine where to begin in this program. For children who need to learn basic letter sounds, begin with chapter two. Others start with chapter three, where Stretch & Catch begins teaching letter patterns. The word ‘feature’ is used to refer to the spelling pattern(s) being introduced in each chapter – there are 26 features total. 

      Chapter Two teaches the basic alphabet sounds (feature 1) and instructions are given at the beginning of the chapter. The author suggests that you have index cards on which to write the letters (lowercase and uppercase on separate cards), consonants in one color and vowels in another. Spend one week per letter for children who are being introduced to letters and sounds, one per day for those who just need review. Each letter has a key word that will be associated with it throughout the lessons. Only short vowels are presented in chapters two and three.

      Chapter Three introduces the first TWL words (you will want to use index cards to write them on for practice), Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of short vowels using Stretch & Catch, and scripted templates for teaching ‘features’ 2 through 6. There are two templates, one that is adult-led and another for child-led. These are examples of how to teach the lessons included in the chapter. You will then find lessons (lists of words) to use within the template for teaching each day. This chapter also includes some optional lessons.

      Chapter Four focuses on beginning and ending blends (features 7-11), and chapter five is beginning and ending digraphs (features 12-13). These chapters follow the same format as chapter three: TWL words, Daily Reading suggestion, explanation of the features in the chapter, templates, lessons, and examples.

      Chapters 6-9 cover features 14-26, and at this point your child is no longer considered a beginning reader. Lessons become child-led and you (parent/teacher) are there to be a guide. Children will learn about silent e, common long vowels, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowel patterns. Each chapter includes the TWL words, Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of the ‘features,’ an optional template for introducing the ‘features,’ child-led templates, lessons, and examples.

      Children should be reading fluently upon completion of this book, and just 10 minutes a day! Lessons may take more than ten minutes a day in the beginning; but once the methodology is mastered, teacher and student will love the ease of doing a short lesson each day. The method is multi-sensory and repetitive, which helps children to commit things to memory. The more a child is exposed to letters, sounds, and words, the quicker they will be imprinted on the brain (memorized). This method works well with beginning readers, but can also help struggling readers. 137-pgs, p/b. ~ Donna