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Mr. Fitzsimmons from Philadelphia PA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Aliens are Coming: Applying the Planets

My students need art supplies (such as paint, styrofoam blocks and shapes) to construct aliens from other planets.

  • $352 goal

This project expired on May 16, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are ready to go this school year. They are willing to learn, engaged in their education, and ready to take on new responsibilities. We are working on great things this school year, with a new focus on science that hasn't been available before.

They live in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city, one full of crime, drugs, and poverty.

Many students come to school without the needed supplies, with clothes that are not clean, and not ready to learn. They see what goes on around them and think that they will never escape from it. These students know that an education is the way out, but most times don't have the support or resources at home to make it happen. School is a refuge for many, one where they can feel secure, and see that people really do care about them. At school we try to challenge them through our teaching, and also through exposing them to many opportunities they wouldn't have outside of school (through art, music, gardening, etc.). This becomes harder and harder every year as school budget cuts are made, but we keep on doing what we do.

My Project

This school year has featured a new emphasis on science that hasn't been previously available. Students actively investigate new science concepts and then show their knowledge in innovative and creative ways. This project is based on them researching a planet (other than Earth) and becoming experts on it. Expert enough to envision and create an alien that could survive on that planet. They will create a passport for the alien with their planet's information and then construct a 3D model of their alien. The project requests many art supplies, such as paint, glue, foam blocks, pom poms, and other craft supplies for students to use in creating these aliens (along with other donated materials in class, such as boxes and egg cartons). Students will, first design, on paper, an alien that could live on their planet, then use the requested art/craft materials to construct a 3D model of their alien.

Students learn best when they are engaged and showing their learning in various formats.

Students will have the opportunity, with this project, to learn about a planet and then apply that information to creating something new. It presents many higher order thinking skills. Being able to apply learned material into new situations is not only essential to the classroom, but also essential to life outside of school.

Mr. Fitzsimmons
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
00018-1001: Blick Student Grade Tempera - Pack of 6, Pint bottles • Blick Art Materials $17.50 2 $35.00
05118-9144: Dynasty Economy Camel Hair Brush - Camel Hair, Canister of 144 • Blick Art Materials $34.10 1 $34.10
23884-1008: Aleene''s Original Tacky Glue - 8 oz, Squeeze Bottle • Blick Art Materials $2.89 8 $23.12
11406-1003: Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper - 9" x 12", Smart Stack, 240 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $10.15 1 $10.15
61461-0500: Creativity Street Wiggle Eyes - Assorted Colors and Sizes, Pkg of 500 • Blick Art Materials $13.63 1 $13.63
60928-1045: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 5" x 5" x 5", Cube • Blick Art Materials $2.62 5 $13.10
60928-1019: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 3" diameter, Ball, Pkg of 6 • Blick Art Materials $5.56 1 $5.56
60928-1001: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 0.75" x 1.5" x 8.75", Wreath Ring • Blick Art Materials $1.44 6 $8.64
60928-1020: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 4" diameter, Ball, Pkg of 2 • Blick Art Materials $4.18 2 $8.36
62100-1040: Ribbon Assortment - Assorted Colors and Styles, 40 yards • Blick Art Materials $2.66 3 $7.98
60928-1043: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 3" x 3" x 3", Cube • Blick Art Materials $0.75 10 $7.50
60401-1001: Creativity Street Craft Sticks - Box of 1000, Natural • Blick Art Materials $7.49 1 $7.49
60950-0000: Pom Pon Assortment - Assorted Colors and Sizes, Classroom Pack of 300 • Blick Art Materials $7.28 1 $7.28
61731-1010: Creativity Street WonderFoam Peel & Stick - Mulitcolored Shapes, Pkg of 720 • Blick Art Materials $7.05 1 $7.05
61466-1001: Creativity Street Big Box Pipe Cleaners - 12", Assorted Colors, Pkg of 150 • Blick Art Materials $6.20 1 $6.20
60928-1008: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 3.75" x 2.75", Egg (Goose), Pkg of 2 • Blick Art Materials $2.98 2 $5.96
60928-1006: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 2" x 2.5", Egg (Hen), Pkg of 6 • Blick Art Materials $2.91 2 $5.82
60928-1007: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 2.25" x 3", Egg (Duck), Pkg of 4 • Blick Art Materials $2.68 2 $5.36
61418-0000: Hygloss Cork Stoppers - Assorted Sizes, Pkg of 40 • Blick Art Materials $5.09 1 $5.09
60928-1002: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 0.75" x 1.5" x 12", Wreath Ring • Blick Art Materials $1.69 3 $5.07
60928-1003: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 3" x 6", Cone • Blick Art Materials $1.24 4 $4.96
60928-1015: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 1" diameter, Ball, Pkg of 16 • Blick Art Materials $2.35 2 $4.70
60928-1017: Styrofoam Blocks and Shapes - 2" diameter, Ball, Pkg of 12 • Blick Art Materials $4.50 1 $4.50
61495-1001: Craft Button Assortment - Assorted Colors, Sizes, and Styles, 1 lb • Blick Art Materials $4.15 1 $4.15
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $0.00 1 $0.00

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