Our school is close to two military bases and many of my students are the children of deployed military personnel. The school they attend is an older, urban public school in the largest city in the largest state in the United States.
All of my students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch but we are not a Title I school that means that my wonderful first graders have all of the needs and few of the resources that are available to other low income children.
My first graders are struggling to learn the basics---math, reading and science. Nearly half of them receive services for ESL, Special Education and Indian Education (JOM). Most of my class are below grade-level but they love being in school because they love learning. School is everything to them.
We generally have no time for science. My students rarely go on field trips because they cannot afford the fee. Their smiles melt my heart.
My students are wonderful, inquisitive kids who want to learn EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, we rarely have the time or resources for STEM projects. I would like to widen their world by giving the opportunity to learn about the life cycles of ducks and chickens by with this egg hatching project.
My school does not have the funds for this type of hands-on STEM science project .
I am asking for fertilized duck and chicken eggs, a DVD about Make Way for Ducklings, notebooks and a variety of fiction and nonfiction books about ducks and chickens.
I plan to create a science center in our classroom where my students can learn about the growth and development of animals. Students will begin by talking about what they know about ducks and chickens and then we will look at and compare fiction and nonfiction DVDs about ducks and chicks. Next, we will read the books and talk about how eggs hatch and the kinds of things we need to care for eggs/chicks. We will read Hatching Chicks in Room 6. Finally, we will setup the incubator unit and discuss how to observe the eggs. They will use their notebooks to write their observations and chart the changes in the eggs. They will SKYPE with a local farmer who has agreed to help them.
This egg-hatching project will enable me to provide my students with a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on STEM learning experience that most of them have never had before. Our school does not have the funds for this type of exciting science project. Please help me to provide this opportunity for my students to become "real scientists" who can SKYPE with a local chicken grower.
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