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  • North Elementary School
  • Okeechobee, FL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The materials I am requesting will not only be used for this group of 3rd graders, who will be fourth graders, but for all the fourth graders I have in subsequent years. And that is really important because... You wouldn't believe how many kids think minerals are rocks! And there is no better hook for gifted kids than taking something they thought was right, and telling them it is wrong. In Florida, 4th graders learn about the properties of earth forming minerals. So basically we have 2 choices. I can show them a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of minerals while we discuss the 5 properties, OR I can give the students ACTUAL minerals they can hold in their hands and let them assess these properties themselves. If you help fund this project, your money will go toward the purchase of 16 Mineral Kits that include 15 minerals each, streak plates, and nails. I pilot tested this lesson with a few students using small minerals my kids brought back as souvenirs from Dinosaur World. I set up the activity like the labs I did when I took Geology in college. The kids began by assessing the 5 properties of unknown minerals, and then they compared their findings to known mineral properties to try to identify their samples. The kids went crazy for it! They were so engaged, they couldn't get enough! They keep asking if they can bring in minerals from home so we can try to identify them. Please help my students get the experience of learning! You never know, you may help spark the interest of a future Geologist.

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The materials I am requesting will not only be used for this group of 3rd graders, who will be fourth graders, but for all the fourth graders I have in subsequent years. And that is really important because... You wouldn't believe how many kids think minerals are rocks! And there is no better hook for gifted kids than taking something they thought was right, and telling them it is wrong. In Florida, 4th graders learn about the properties of earth forming minerals. So basically we have 2 choices. I can show them a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of minerals while we discuss the 5 properties, OR I can give the students ACTUAL minerals they can hold in their hands and let them assess these properties themselves. If you help fund this project, your money will go toward the purchase of 16 Mineral Kits that include 15 minerals each, streak plates, and nails. I pilot tested this lesson with a few students using small minerals my kids brought back as souvenirs from Dinosaur World. I set up the activity like the labs I did when I took Geology in college. The kids began by assessing the 5 properties of unknown minerals, and then they compared their findings to known mineral properties to try to identify their samples. The kids went crazy for it! They were so engaged, they couldn't get enough! They keep asking if they can bring in minerals from home so we can try to identify them. Please help my students get the experience of learning! You never know, you may help spark the interest of a future Geologist.

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