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Mr. Alvarez from Los Angeles CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Science to Life

My students need a math balance, a butterfly pavilion, and insect and fossil kits to gain a richer understanding of math and science.

  • $607 goal

This project expired on June 2, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

To truly learn science, my students must behave as scientists. They will have to observe, analyze, hypothesize, and experiment. They will not be able to do so by just reading. They will need to observe real living things or investigate the remains of living things from long ago.

I teach a very diverse group of students.

Culturally, my students have roots in Mexico, Central and South America, India, the Philippines, Korea, Egypt, Iran, Belgium and various parts of the United States. Thirteen of my twenty-five students are English language learners. Most of my students come from working class families with limited resources to invest in their education, however, they are hard workers and extremely eager to learn.

My Project

In second grade, students learn about the life cycles of different animals. They also learn that fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago. One way students learn this is by reading interesting, well-illustrated books about animal life cycles and fossils. A second way is for them to raise and care for animals, such as Painted Lady Butterflies and ladybugs. As they do so, they get to observe, record, discuss, write, and hypothesize about their life cycles. When the living things they are studying are no longer around, the fossils, or replicas of these fossils, provide a rich source for investigation. I have books on insect life cycles and dinosaur fossils for my students to read. I need your help to obtain the butterflies, ladybugs, and fossils that will bring the content of these books to life!

Your donations will allow my students to learn science by being scientists.

They will help bring science to life and enrich my students' learning. I thank you in advance for your generosity!

Mr. Alvarez
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mary Anning Fossil Hunter • AKJ Books $6.06 1 $6.06
MATH BALANCE WITH 20 10G WEIGHTS- - --*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $27.65 3 $82.95
2670 POP UP PORT A BUG EA • Abilitations, Inc. $10.25 3 $30.75
Lady Beetles (Hippodamia convergens), Living, Pack 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $20.85 3 $62.55
Fossil Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $59.37 2 $118.74

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