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Ms. Elliott from San Francisco CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Encouraging Creativity

My students need the mounted rocks and minerals, hardness tests, and simplest motors to augment our units on magnetism, electricity, and geology.

  • $599 goal

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My Students

Science is more meaningful, and certainly more fun if there are hands on discoveries. The students can build electromagnets instead of looking at a picture. We create art often. Right now we are creating brochures about our state.

Needless to say, my students are fantastic little humans.

We attend a public school in California. We are an urban community, with many english language learners and 40% of students qualifying for free school meals. Our school has 533 students in grades k-5. I teach 4th grade, and it is always a grand adventure. I love the curriculum, and watching our students make progress both academically and socially. Right now we are mastering long division and double digit multiplication. The kids are happy when they 'get it'. Fun and satisfying.

My Project

We will use the rock collection to observe and identify types of rock, and how they were formed. We can test for mineral hardness using the kit. We will use the magnets to reinforce the concept of magnetism in the solar system and to build compasses. We will use the simple motors and dynamo torch to begin experimenting with electrical engineering and potential. We will also be building electro magnets. I have added several staple art supplies to this project as we will create posters and presentations about our discoveries in geology, magnetism and electricity.

Your support will make a measurable difference to all my students, and provide real experiences which will engage them and provide a better understanding of the subject content.

Your help will help students this year and into the future, as most of the request are for re-usable items. I will photograph the kids using the supplies so you will see for yourself.

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Ms. Elliott
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
American Educational The U.S. Mounted Rocks and Minerals Reference Collection (Pack of 24) • Amazon $17.14 5 $85.70
American Educational Hardness Collection with Test Kit • Amazon $16.97 5 $84.85
TA5420 - Double-Sided White Posterboard - 100 Sheets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $46.99 1 $46.99
North/South Bar Magnets; 100 Per Pack; no. DO-MC01 • Amazon $34.91 1 $34.91
4M Dynamo Torch • Amazon $9.99 3 $29.97
TEDCO Simplest Motor (Age 8+) • Amazon $7.29 4 $29.16
BJ9610X - Glitter Jumbo Jars - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
School Specialty Magnetic Field Detection Compass, 3/8" Diameter (Set of 10) • Amazon $6.71 3 $20.13
LL159 - Lakeshore Scissors Set - Pointed-Tip • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
PP303 - Peel & Stick Flower Rhinestones • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
RS264 - Best-Buy School Glue - Gallon • Lakeshore Learning Materials $13.99 1 $13.99
Minerals Poster 24x36 Pretty Rocks! • Amazon $13.79 1 $13.79
FF415 - Colored Foil Sheets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 1 $7.99
PKG (29) Ceramic Donut Magnets 1-1/4" dia x 3/8" ID x 3/16" Thick • Amazon $5.95 1 $5.95

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