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Ms. Young from Oakland CA is requesting art supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

DIY Bird Feeders to Help Immigrant Students Become Citizen Scientists

Help me give my students the materials they need to make their own birdfeeders and participate in Project Feederwatch.

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Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

Last year, my school started a science and math program for recently arrived immigrants with limited or interrupted formal education. I teach science to students from Guatemala and El Salvador who are primarily Mam speakers. Most of them are in their first year or second year in the US -- what a year to arrive.

COVID-19 has my students learning from home in a zip code with the highest rate of infection in the county, and with new stress and responsibilities as they help hold together households with family members who have lost employment or been directly affected by COVID-19.

Distance learning is a particularly difficult challenge for students who are still learning to read and write for the first time in their second or even third language, and who have limited access to computers and high-speed Internet. Usually, the hands-on wonder of science is something that can transcend barriers of language and experience, but this year, they’re off-limits, and virtual field trips are not enough. I want to give my students the experience of doing science, even if it requires some out-of-the-box thinking.

My Project

To meet the challenges of distance learning and get students curious about science, I have been delivering "science kits" to my students, and these deliveries have become one of the things my students and I look forward to the most. I am requesting materials for my students to make different kinds of bird feeders, as well as peanut butter, suet, and different kinds of bird seed, so that they participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch citizen science data collection project.

Students will be able to use these materials to experiment with different feeders and bird food, observe the effects, develop questions based on their observations, collect evidence and data, conduct investigations, draw evidence-based conclusions, and make scientific discoveries from their home.

And this November, they'll be able to participate in their first real citizen science data collection project, "Project FeederWatch," so they can connect with the outside world in a real and meaningful way, as they use their own observations to contribute to the work of professional scientists and become part of a larger scientific community.

Ms. Young
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sun Art 4x6 Paper Kit • Amazon Business $7.30 15 $109.50
Lyric 2647440 Fine Tunes No Waste Bird Seed Mix, 15 lb • Amazon Business $32.97 3 $98.91
Gadjit Soda Bottle Wild Bird Window Feeder Kit, Suctions to Outdoor Windows Brings Birds Right Up Close, Just Add Bird Seed, Fun Project for Kids at Home (Green) • Amazon Business $3.95 13 $51.35
Backyard Seeds White Millet Bird Seed for Finches 8 Pounds (8 Pounds) • Amazon Business $16.99 3 $50.97
Lightbrown Premium Cleaned & Roasted Peanuts for Birds and Wildlife. No Mess Wholesome Nuts. The Best Bird Seed for Wild Birds! (15) • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Gadjit 3 Hanging Soda Bottle Bird Feeders-3 Fun Inexpensive Project for Kids at Home |Fill Plastic Soda Bottles with Bird Seed, Twist on Feeding Tray, Hang Outdoors, Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $9.95 4 $39.80
SKIPPY Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, 15 Ounce (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business $17.96 2 $35.92
Pine Tree Farms 9001 Tree Icing Suet Spread, 1.75-Pound • Amazon Business $16.72 2 $33.44
Wagner's 76027 Black Oil Sunflower Seed Wild Bird Food, 25-Pound Bag • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Gadjit 3 Hanging Soda Bottle Bird Feeders-3 Fun Inexpensive Project for Kids at Home |Fill Plastic Soda Bottles with Bird Seed, Twist on Feeding Tray, Hang Outdoors, Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pack of 25 Disposable 8oz Graduated Clear Plastic Measuring Cups - Transparent Containers for Mixing Paint, Epoxy, Resin - Sturdy Kitchen and Baking Accessories with Accurate Measurements • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
YDSL 328ft (100m) Twist Ties,Green Coated Garden Plant Ties with Cutter for Gardening and Office Organization, Home • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
[100 Sets - 1 oz.] Plastic Disposable Portion Cups With Lids, Souffle Cups • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dowel Rods Wood Sticks 1/4 Inch X 12 Inches 25 Pieces Woodpeckers Wooden Dowel Rods • Amazon Business $6.35 1 $6.35
Limited Time Offer: HowenDay 328 Feet Natural Jute Twine String for Crafts, Weddings, Christmas Gifts, and Gardening Applications- Made of All Natural Jute String Measuring… • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
HOPELF 6" Natural Bamboo Skewers for BBQ,Appetiser,Fruit,Cocktail,Kabob,Chocolate Fountain,Grilling,Barbecue,Kitchen,Crafting and Party. Φ=4mm, More Size Choices 8"/10"/12"/14"/16"/30"(100 PCS) • Amazon Business $4.88 1 $4.88
Gadjit Soda Bottle Wild Bird Window Feeder Kit, Suctions to Outdoor Windows Brings Birds Right Up Close, Just Add Bird Seed, Fun Project for Kids at Home (Green) • Amazon Business $3.95 1 $3.95
Super Stacker Pencil Box, 8.25 x 1.5 x 4 Inches, Clear, 1 Box (40309) • Amazon Business $2.63 1 $2.63

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