Our middle school is located in a very small, rural, farming community. We have a very high free and reduced-price lunch rate population, along side a high migrant student population, and English Language Learners. This creates many inequities in the learning process. Students need extra support in most courses due to these many factors.
Our goal, as educators in this unique community is to try and bridge the gap, caused by socioeconomic status, migrant living, and being English language learners.
Students who live a migrant life style will often have numerous gaps in their learning due to changes in schools, standards, and expectations from place to place. Many of our students also spend time traveling from family to family and have extended periods of time spent outside of the U.S. where there is no public education. Our school is in major need of support for these students with special needs.
My students need four Advanced Fossil Collection kits in order to examine life from the past. As a part of the Next Generation Science Standarrds it is outlined that all 7th grade students must investigate evolution. While investigating evolution and looking at evidence to support change in species over time, fossils play a pivotal role.
By providing my students with actual fossils representing organisms from the past, you will be opening up a world of history, and concrete evidence to show that life on Earth has changed over time.
Knowing that you are holding a once living organism that is over 10,000 years old is life changing. It will give students from a rural community, with limited resources, a dramatic, eye opening experience like none other.
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