K-5 Science Curriculum Modules Costs

 

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Following completion of field testing (October 2001 through March 2002) of various K-5 science curriculum modules, the six grade-level Field Test Study Groups (FTSGs) made recommendations (3/26/2002) to the Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) for which modules to adopt.   Building representatives to the ESSC from each elementary school then shared this information with the staff in their school.   Teachers in each elementary school were then asked to arrive at a consensus at each grade level for which modules they wanted to see adopted, and school ballots reflecting these choices were FAXed to the Subject Matter Area Leader for Elementary Science.   Using the formula for weighting adoption votes as specified in our district's Resource Materials Protocol Handbook, a list of recommended modules was compiled from the votes by the FTSGs, the ESSC, and the school ballots.   The results of this process were reported at the April 9, 2002 meeting of the ESSC and then presented to Instructional Council on April 10, 2002.

The table below provides information on the costs associated with each of the 23 recommended modules, along with the assumptions on which the total adoption costs are based.   The data used in this table represent the most accurate information we could obtain at the time that adoption recommendations were presented to Instructional Council by the co-chairs of the ESSC on April 10, 2002.

LSD Grade LSD Session LSD Unit Publisher Module Title TE Materials Cost per Teacher SE Materials Cost per Student Kit Cost per Classroom Ancillary Materials Cost per Classroom Teacher Training Cost per Teacher Classroom Cost per Session BSCS Collaboration Kit per Classroom BSCS Handbook per Teacher Classroom Cost per Grade Total Grade Cost
K a Weather Calendar Galaxy Air, Weather, Wind, and Stars $300.00   $150.00   $62.50 $512.50        
K b Sorting Materials BESU&C What Happens to Trash? Separating Mixtures $20.00 $5.00 $500.00
(Estimate)
    $645.00        
K c Animals Houghton Mifflin Characteristics of Living Things $234.00   $105.84 $488.22 $0.00 $828.06        
K Combined                     $19.99 $2,005.55 $168,466.20
1st a Location, Position, and Motion EDC Insights Balls and Ramps $0.00 $5.00 $329.99   $0.00 $454.99        
1st b Properties that Make Materials Useful BSCS Science TRACS Testing Materials $0.00 $11.99 $69.99   $0.00 $369.74        
1st c Plants McGraw-Hill 2002 Plants Are Living Things $69.00   $255.63 $803.88 $0.00 $1,128.51        
1st Combined                   $89.99 $19.99 $2,063.22 $171,247.26
2nd a Describing Weather BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Weather $0.00 $11.99 $119.99   $0.00 $419.74        
2nd b All about Water Battle Creek Water Planet $75.00 $1.40 $470.00   $60.00 $640.00        
2nd c Sound BSCS Science TRACS Designing Sound Systems $0.00 $11.99 $189.99   $0.00 $489.74        
2nd d Animals and How They Live BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Animals & Their Needs $0.00 $11.99 $259.99   $0.00 $559.74        
2nd Combined                   $89.99 $19.99 $2,219.20 $181,974.40
3rd a Earth Materials and Their Uses McGraw-Hill 2002 Our Earth $0.00 $10.50 $627.00 $1,320.12 $0.00 $2,262.12        
3rd b Shadows and Light Battle Creek Light & Shadows $75.00 $2.00 $500.00
(Estimate)
  $60.00 $695.00        
3rd c Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines Battle Creek How Things Move $75.00 $1.73 $520.00   $60.00 $706.90        
3rd c Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines BESU&C [Simple Machines] $20.00 $5.00 $500.00
(Estimate)
    $670.00        
3rd d Plants and Who Eats Them Battle Creek Flowering Plants $75.00 $1.84 $500.00   $60.00 $690.20        
3rd Combined                   $89.99 $19.99 $5,134.20 $415,870.20
4th a Earth Features and Changes BSCS Science TRACS Investigating the Changing Earth $0.00 $12.99 $159.99   $0.00 $549.69        
4th b Simple Electric Circuits BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Electrical Systems $0.00 $12.99 $79.99   $0.00 $469.69        
4th c Plant Growth and Needs NSRC - STC Plant Growth and Development $0.00 $4.75 $331.95   $14.30 $488.75        
4th d Interdependence of Plants and Animals BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Ecosystems $0.00 $12.99 $119.99   $0.00 $509.69        
4th Combined                   $89.99 $19.99 $2,127.80 $170,224.00
5th a Astronomy BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Objects in the Sky $0.00 $12.99 $59.99   $0.00 $449.69        
5th b Matter, Energy, and Changes BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Heat & Changes in Materials $0.00 $12.99 $79.99   $0.00 $469.69        
5th c Weather BSCS Science TRACS Investigating Weather Systems $0.00 $12.99 $119.99   $0.00 $509.69        
5th d Electrical Circuits and Current EDC Insights Circuits and Pathways $0.00 $5.00 $369.99   $0.00 $519.99        
5th Combined                   $89.99 $19.99 $2,059.04 $144,132.80
K-5 SUB-TOTAL                   K-5 SUB-TOTAL   $1,251,914.86
Estimated S&H                   Estimated Shipping & Handling   $75,114.89
TOTAL                   TOTAL   $1,327,029.75
 
    ASSUMPTIONS: 1 complete module (TE, SEs, kit, etc.) per classroom for each LSD unit (with 2 modules needed for "3c")
      1 BSCS "How To …" handbook for each teacher K-5
      1 BSCS Collaboration Kit for each classroom 1-5
      $500.00 is the estimated cost for each district-assembled BESU&C kit (Kb and 3b), plus a TE 3-ring binder and student pages and SE 3-ring binders with student pages for each student
      $500.00 is the estimated cost for each Battle Creek "Light & Shadows" module, which is currently in revision
      District assembles a 3-ring binder "student journal" for each student for each EDC module (1a and 5d)
      Exact costs for "Shipping and Handling" are not included in the above calculations
        Estimate "Shipping and Handling" at:   6%
 
Number of Students per Kindergarten Classroom 25  
Sum of K-5 Unit per Classroom Costs $15,039.12     Summary
Data
 
Maximum Unit Cost per Classroom $2,262.12 McGraw-Hill    
Average Unit Cost per Classroom $653.87      
Minimum Unit Cost per Classroom $369.74 BSCS    
 
Publisher Modules Minimum Average Maximum
Battle Creek 4 $640.00 $683.03 $706.90
BESU&C 2 $645.00 $657.50 $670.00
BSCS Science TRACS 10 $369.74 $479.71 $559.74
EDC Insights 2 $454.99 $487.49 $519.99
Galaxy 1 $512.50 $512.50 $512.50
Houghton Mifflin 1 $828.06 $828.06 $828.06
McGraw-Hill 2 $1,128.51 $1,695.32 $2,262.12
NSRC - STC 1 $488.75 $488.75 $488.75
AVERAGE 3 $633.44 $729.04 $818.51
 
Number of Students per First-Grade Classroom 25    
Number of Students per Second-Grade Classroom 25    
Number of Students per Third-Grade Classroom 30    
Number of Students per Fourth-Grade Classroom 30    
Number of Students per Fifth-Grade Classroom 30    
   
Number of Kindergarten Classrooms 84    
Number of First-Grade Classrooms 83    
Number of Second-Grade Classrooms 82    
Number of Third-Grade Classrooms 81    
Number of Fourth-Grade Classrooms 80    
Number of Fifth-Grade Classrooms 70    
   
BSCS "How To …" Handbook $19.99    
BSCS Collaboration Kit $89.99    

 


Last updated:   5/3/2002 by RTSmith