Our school is located in a low socioeconomic area in California. We are a K-8 school that has earned a California Distinguished School Award due to our devoted teachers, staff and parents.
Despite the challenges that our students face at home, they come to school eager and ready to learn.
We seek to provide our second language learners with hand-on activities that can make learning more concrete. Due to cutbacks in education, we lack funds to purchase materials to help achieve this goal.
Our students have had very limited exposure to science. They love learning new science concepts and conducting experiments. Science excites my students! Even the most difficult behavior problems are enthusiastic and engaged during our science time. STEM occupations are growing around the world, so we need to prepare our students for the future. By exposing our students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore these concepts we will create critical thinkers with a passion for science. I would like to provide this opportunity for my students by purchasing the necessary materials to conduct experiments in my first grade classroom that address the Next Generation Science Standards. We need your help!
Our class is in need of materials for STEM science experiments. My students look forward to their weekly science lesson and experiment. Since school funds are not available to provide the items needed for our activities, I often purchase these at my own expense since my students are so enthusiastic about science. STEM in my classroom motivates and engages everyone, even the students with the most challenging behavior. For this reason, I have committed myself to teaching science on a weekly basis.
My students are exposed to science through exploration of the Next Generation Science Standards.
I begin the year with a brief discussion on personal hygiene. Students are taught how to brush properly and given a tooth brush to take home. We also discuss germs and proper hand washing. Then, we learn about the states of matter and conduct an experiment with baking soda and vinegar. We also explore this concept by making Oobleck (after reading the Dr. Suess story) and slime. In January we explore sight and sound and make string telephones. In March we learn about simple machines (pulleys and levers), construct catapults, wheel and axel race cars, and leprechaun traps. Later in Spring, we learn about plants and animals and how their external parts help their survival. We plant our own seeds and observe their growth. In order to complete the above mentioned activities we need supplies. We would appreciate your help to provide the supplies necessary to provide these valuable learning experiences.
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