More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need classroom maps and a camcorder to complete a project on California natural disasters.
"We're all going to die" I often hear during my lessons on California natural disasters. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, and forest fires are scary, but my 9th graders tend to be overly dramatic, until they learn the scientific processes that cause them. It is also a high interest unit.
I teach in a high poverty, Title 1 high school in southern California.
My students are multi cultural, English language learners and special education students. Some students are often hard to discipline due to poverty, challenging home lives, and difficult family and personal issues. Hands-on projects are highly motivating, especially when they involve art and music. They enjoy technology, but our school, and especially my classroom, is teaching aid (maps) and technology poor. My students especially enjoy creating and performing, and love an appreciative audience.
This year I am planning an extensive California natural disaster project for my students. With the new Common Core standards being introduced, the human impact of natural hazards is a disciplinary core idea in my Earth Science curriculum. Literacy and research skills are important in empowering my students to apply their knowledge to real world situations. The maps will be used in this unit as most of my students are visual learners, and will be an exciting addition to my classroom. They love colorful maps, and will be able to become familiar with their state and where the natural disasters can and do occur! They will use visual art and their performance skills to create a project from what they have learned. Last year, they acted as meteorologists giving weather reports, but all I had was my phone to record those moments, and hope to update the technology in my classroom so they can record their presentations.
I plan for my students to present their projects at our Open House in the spring.
Their art will be displayed, and videos presented to parents, school personnel, and their friends. I believe that through this project, they will gain self confidence and have fun! Please fund this project for my 200 9th graders. Our school band often performs at Disneyland, but most of my students haven't had this opportunity to show what they can accomplish.
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