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Ms. Niederhofer from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Discovering Science Through Play!

My students need planting materials, land and sea collections, beginning engineering materials, space sand and x-ray cards to bring STEM into our class for more hands-on opportunities.

  • $640 goal

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My Students

I have a lovely group of diverse preschool students who come to school each day eager to engage in hands-on learning. We currently have four different languages spoken by students in a class of sixteen! Such a variety of learners makes our classroom a rich environment. However, the students I teach all come from low-income families and face a variety of challenges in their daily lives. Unfortunately, many of my students' families struggle with homelessness as well. Yet, despite their adversities, they continue to be energetic and excited learners.

Because of these challenges, many of my students do not have access to hands-on learning materials.

I would love the to give my kids the chance to explore the STEM world, in a way they may not have access to at home.

My Project

Learning through play using hands-on materials is one of the most beneficial ways that students can grow, especially in pre-k! I have selected a variety of materials to have in our "discovery" (or science) center that will help the kiddos explore and learn in a developmentally appropriate way about different ideas such as gravity, magnets and plants. The big push in schools right now is read, read, read, which of course is of critical importance. However, I feel it is of equal importance that my students have scientific materials to help them learn about the world and develop critical thinking skills to help them become explorers, to be able to delve deeper and show greater understanding and question.

My students crave learning new concepts and especially love to take care of one another.

The materials selected will not only help them learn science inquiry skills, but also social-emotional skills such as how to care for living objects.

Ms. Niederhofer
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RA716 - Science Stories Paperback Library • Lakeshore Learning Materials $91.50 1 $91.50
Space Sand Primary Pack • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 3 $63.63
Land & Sea Nature Collection • Kaplan Early Learning Company $50.96 1 $50.96
LL570 - Engineer-A-Coaster Activity Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Simple Machines Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $42.46 1 $42.46
Ramptastic • Kaplan Early Learning Company $42.46 1 $42.46
Educational Insights Sprout & Grow Window • Amazon Business $17.59 2 $35.18
PP512 - Lakeshore Magnet Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Life Cycle Puzzles (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $25.46 1 $25.46
Dual Head Timing Grow Lamp Light, Imikoko™ With Desk Clip 36 LED Chips with Red/Blue Spectrum for Indoor Plants, Adjustable Gooseneck, 3/6/12H Timer, 5 Dimmable Levels (Dual Head) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Animal X-Rays • Kaplan Early Learning Company $19.51 1 $19.51
Insect X-Ray and Picture Cards • Kaplan Early Learning Company $18.66 1 $18.66
PLAID 3 Metal Planting Pots In Tray - White • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98

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