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Mrs. Graff from Framingham MA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Elementary Inquirers Ready for STEM

My students need weather and climate, and force + motion kits to go along with the new STEM initiative, as well as our school's new dedicated approach to an inquiry-based learning program.

  • $463 goal

This project expired on May 2, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Remember when our children always asked "why" and our response to the over asked question was "because"? Well we want them to once again ask "why," only now we want them to learn how to find the answers as they learn the "why" and work cooperatively with peers as they enjoy inquiry process.

The students who would benefit from these materials are students in grades 3-5 as we welcome in the new science standards.

The school is a Title I school where many students come from families who are hard working but still find themselves in the lower socio-economic class. Many students come from families where English is not their first language. With STEM Science kits such as these ("weather and climate" and "force + motion"), our students will increase their vocabulary, provide provocations for science inquiry, and provide the opportunity for cooperative work among classmates.

My Project

Imagine walking into an intermediate classroom (grades 3-5) and seeing students actively engage in cooperative group work. There is communication between the group members, questioning, sharing, and learning. The excitement on the students' faces is so telling. You walk around the room and you can not tell that there are students with learning disabilities working alongside peers without. The teacher is working with one group while other groups are working independently. Thanks to the STEM science materials received, this classroom is humming as the learning is taking place thanks to your donations!

Your donations to this project will build on the natural curiosity of children as learners.

It will provide teachers with the resources and materials needed to expand this curiosity as we welcome STEM. It will provide a solid basis for teachers to " jump start" or provide the provocations for these inquiry-based lessons. It will also provide students self-confidence, risk-taking skills, and the ability to increase their communication skills as they work with peers.

Mrs. Graff
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
KIT WEATHER AND CLIMATE GR 3-5 • Frey Scientific $169.95 1 $169.95
KIT FORCE + MOTION THEMATIC BASED LEARNING KIT GR 3-5 • Frey Scientific $149.95 1 $149.95

Materials cost

$319.90

Vendor shipping charges

$38.39

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.80

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$393.09

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.37

Total project goal

$462.46

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$462.46

3 Donors

-$181.23

Donations toward project cost

-$154.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.18

Matching donations from our partners

-$281.22

Match offers toward project cost

-$239.04

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.18

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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