More than a third of students from low‑income households
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My students need an easy-to-use digital camera and polymer clays in order to create "claymation" movies that teach biology concepts.
Our 7th grade life science class is located in a semi-rural part of north Alabama. We have slightly over 1000 students and are classified as moderately needy as we have approximately 1/4 of the population receiving free/reduced meals.
Being still in a concrete thinking stage, 7th graders have a difficult time understanding complex biology concepts such as mitosis, chromosome reduction in meiosis, plant reproduction, etc. They need opportunities to handle movable models and visualize these life processes.
We want to create movable, changeable models of these processes and give life to the models through the process of "claymation" -a technique of slowly moving models and taking a series of still photographs which are then made into short video clips using Windows Movie Maker.
We need a good quality digital camera and lots of polymer clay! Editing the video clips with Movie Maker (already available to us) will allow students to take this technology even farther by adding narration, music, and cinemagraphic transitions. Later, they will upload the clips to the school website for teaching biology processes to a larger audience.
By helping fund this project, you participate in a truly cross-curricular activity: Science-biological processes; English-writing of narration; Art-modeling with clay; Math-calculations for time frames in the storyboards; Technology-research, word processing, multimedia production, Internet sharing.
Long-term, cross-curricular activities such as this teach students how to learn what they need to know when they need to know it -- which is a life skill.
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