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Mrs. Mendez from Healdsburg CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Gardening Scientists

My students need science materials for the rainy days that keep us out of the garden and microscopes for examining what we find on sunny days.

  • $498 goal

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My Students

My wonderful students are second graders. We are lucky to have a beautiful country school with a garden and a big field with a track for running. There are nine classrooms: we have transitional kindergarten class through sixth grade and a RSP program.

Our school is small and invested in each student's success.I feel very lucky to be part of the West Side team.

We have a fantastic group of students (I don't claim to be impartial), supportive parents, a dynamic staff, and two rather cute kittens that patrol the campus.

My Project

My students need a microscope for outdoor classroom science investigation in the garden. Our campus includes a garden where budding scientists search for bugs, observe pollinators, plant seeds, and experiment with soil.

Crushing eggshells with mortar and pestle is one way to practice eye-hand coordination and improve dexterity.

The crushed egg shells are utilized as fertilizer for the rose bushes which brings about the concept of feeding our garden as our garden feeds us. Also needed: A few nature-based puzzles and games for rainy days. While some of these things will be housed in second grade, some will live in the garden shed so that all students may use them with appropriate supervision.

Mrs. Mendez
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmScope M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound Microscope • Amazon Business $87.00 1 $87.00
Gosky Microscope 40x-1000x Optical Glass Lenses LED Student Biological Compound Microscope with 16x Eyepiece Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter - All Metal Framwork • Amazon Business $85.99 1 $85.99
Salamanders of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.) • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Bug Bingo (Magma for Laurence King) • Amazon Business $24.23 1 $24.23
Porcelain Mortar & Pestle, Glazed, 2.5", 60 mm, Karter Scientific 213Y6 • Amazon Business $5.74 4 $22.96
AmScope PS25W Prepared Microscope Slide Set for Basic Biological Science Education, 25 Slides, Includes Fitted Wooden Case • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Exo Terra Faunarium, Mini • Amazon Business $7.53 2 $15.06
California Bingo Game • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Bird Bingo • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
Educational Trivia Card Game - Professor Noggin's Earth Science • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Professor Noggin's Wonders of Science - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Professor Noggin's Insects and Spiders - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids - Features 30 Illustrated Cards and a 3-Number Die (Ages 7+) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Professor Noggin's Reptiles and Amphibians - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93

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