I teach 61 eager-to-learn third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted students in a low socioeconomic school. I teach them critical and creative thinking skills and problem solving. I also work with them on developing communication and research skills. We complete units that are deeper and broader than those covered in the general education classroom. More than half of my students receive free lunch.
Unfortunately, many of them do not have traditional learning materials at home that foster learning through hands on learning experiences.
I need your help updating the materials in my classroom. Due to economic strains, our classrooms are suffering. Without your help, it is impossible for me to purchase these things.
My students love science and history! With these STEM kits, my students will first research Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Morse, and Thomas Edison. Then they will build and test one of the inventor's famous creations--a telephone system, a telegraph, or a motion-picture viewer. As they test and streamline each design, my students will sharpen their problem solving skills while they experience the thrill of invention. Using the design process, they will learn about energy, electricity, and light. This project will reach advanced students in third, fourth, and fifth grade. My students and I would really appreciate any help you can give!
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