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Basic Chemistry Supplies For My Classroom
The cost of various science equipment, including beakers, test tubes, hot plates, safety goggles, aprons, and balances is $1548, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
I need basic chemistry supplies -- beakers, test tubes, beam balances, etc. -- to help teach science to my 6th, 7th and 8th graders!
Trinity Basin Preparatory is a small public (503c) charter school serving grades Pre-K thru 8th. TBP is located in Dallas' East Oak Cliff neighborhood, just south of the city's downtown. Our student population is predominantly hispanic. Ninety percent speak English as a second language and 89 percent receive free or reduced-rate lunches.
Nearly all have had little or no science education prior to the 5th grade. (So not surprisingly, several of my 6th grade students tested at the 2nd grade level on a Stanford 10 Science benchmark test administered at the beginning of the last school year.)
Our science room has no sink, no lab tables and few science supplies. Thankfully, in the second semester, our school received donated supplies for teaching physics and biology -- things like a Frye Scientific "Force and Motion" kit and several nice microscopes. Nonetheless, we have a glaring need for simple chemistry supplies. I currently have no beam balances and no hot plates, 5 plastic test tubes, 2 test tube racks, and a dozen plastic graduated cylinders (bought by me).
To wit, here's my list of needed basic chemistry supplies for the coming year:
- 4 triple beam balances
- 4 hot plates
- 1 digital hot plate (for teacher demo)
- 2 sets of Ehrlenmyer flasks
- 250ml, 400ml, 600ml beakers
- 25 lab aprons
- 25 safety goggles
Can I teach without these supplies? Certainly. Like most teachers, I'm used to doing without and making do with what I have. (Before the arrival of some borrowed glassware last year, my kids used egg cartons as containers for simple chemical-reaction experiments. I use a pair of wash tubs and water jugs as makeshift sinks.)
These chemistry supplies will help my students master several skills outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). For example, they will know how to use basic scientific instruments, such as a beam balance, to accurately measure mass. They will know how heat (from a hot plate) effects the speed of chemical reactions. They will know the proper and safe use of chemistry equipment, such as beakers, test tubes and hot plates.
My sincere thanks in advance for your consideration. I've got a great group of kids who really enjoy doing lab experiments and feeling like "real scientists."
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