I love my class; whether I am clear-eyed or bleary-eyed, energetic, or exhausted - I am always happy to see my students. They mean the world to me and deserve so much more than I can give them on my own. Thank you so much for considering making a donation to my project.
My Kindergarteners are full of curiosity, joy, and boundless energy.
Ours is an inner-city school, classified as Title I, and more than half of our students are classified as English Learners. But they are more than just their language designation, or their income levels, they are students with high potential, and an earnest desire to learn about the world around them. With your generous help, we can all ensure that these students have access to the tools they need to grow their minds and abilities in a learning environment that celebrates their language and culture.
As a child, I attended schools in the same district I work in now. Back then, I couldn't wait to get home to watch PBS's afterschool lineup. A standout program was "Bill Nye the Science Guy" which made science accessible and fun through the use of experiments. Bill Nye's whacky antics contrasted highly with my own classroom experiences, which focused entirely on textbook instruction. With your help, I would like to flip that narrative for my students!
While I can't get Bill Nye to come to my classroom, the materials included in this project would help my students carry out experiments and labs with the same enthusiasm as he and his team.
The supplies would support my students in our project-based learning approach to science and our exploration and mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Per NGSS, Kindergarten scientists are tasked with observing and analyzing natural phenomena. The ramp, cars, and magnets will help students understand the physical science concepts of pushes and pulls, and will help bolster our culminating engineering projects where students create tracks for marbles to move in different directions. Students will use the cars and ramps to observe and build knowledge on the effect of incline and surface texture on the speed and direction of moving objects. The magnets will be used to establish the concept of force as an invisible but observable phenomenon.
The other materials included in the project: the magnifying glasses, the specimens, and activity centers will serve as tools for students to conduct independent and collaborative life science research as we work toward establishing and cultivating an edible organic garden that helps Kinders understand symbiosis and sustainability.
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