My students read, write, think, and do every single day. My kids are either smiling to see who has dimples or testing their ability to roll their tongues as a fun segue into our study of genetics. Some days, they are racing balloon cars or dropping their writing utensils to study gravity.
My students are a unique group of kids from very different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
As different as they all are from one another, they are really like a big family with an amusing sense of humor. My students are helpful and kind towards one another. The majority of them are recent immigrants or were former English Language Learners (ELLs) in 6th or 7th grade. My students and I are at a Tier 1 school, where 100% of the student population receives free lunch.
I am trying to build as much of a hands-on curriculum as I can for my 8th graders. The kind of in depth learning that happens best in a science classroom really depends on resources. I can bring a strawberry DNA into my classroom and have countless times, but I cannot show them what the stringy DNA looks like in real-time without a microscope. I need your help. The materials requested through this grant will help increase exciting learning opportunities for all of my students (present and future).
The funds provided for this project will help sustain and increase the number of labs we can do each year.
The microscopes will provide greater rigor and relevant learning opportunities that is essential for students to imagine themselves pursuing a higher education and career in the sciences for years to come.
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