I teach at an inner city, low-income school in Indianapolis. A full 100% of the students at my school receive free lunch. My 28 fourth graders come to school with differing needs and backgrounds, but they are all willing and ready to learn and grow.
Although most of my students come to school without daily necessities, I believe it is my duty to provide them with a safe and comfortable environment where they can do their best each and every day.
My students are tremendously hardworking and strive to grow, create, and learn!
We are entering the last part of our school year. All of our major state testing is almost complete, the weather is warmer, and students are mature enough to start learning more about the environment we all live in! We usually do not get enough time in our rigorous curriculum to explore the many questions that students have about our world.
"Science can help spark in kids' minds that they, too, can help solve the world's big problems." Science is so important!
Experimentation is so important! Asking questions is so important! I have requested two specific experiments for my students to help explore the main questions my students have grappled with this year. Why does something work the way it does? And, How does that change? The simple machines project will allow my students to explore HOW things are made and what causes machines to change. The butterfly garden experiment will allow my students to study the life cycle and how organisms change.
This project will also help cultivate a loving and caring attitude toward our planet and the species that inhabit it. I believe that my very inquisitive students will LOVE this change of pace; they love learning about the world around them, and these projects will help foster those ideas and thoughts.
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