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Mr. L.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Ground Control to Major Tom... - Space Oddity by David Bowie

My students need the Exploring Astronomy Complete Series so they can learn about Earth Science and Astronomy.

I teach 4th grade at an urban elementary school in Chicago. As of 2006, there are 1313 students enrolled. 28.8% are Limited English Proficient. 94.6% are Low Income (these figures come from the Principal's report to the state). I teach all subjects. My children are eager to learn and I am more than eager to teach them. But, as is the case in many urban schools, funds are limited and materials scarce. At the 4th grade level, children have such a natural curiosity about how things work and science can be right there to capture them, if it is taught in a way that involves them in the action of science. I love to teach my children science and work to use plenty of hands-on experiences to hook them. What I lack in resources I try to make up for in creativity. But there are limits to that idea without materials. I used to watch the night sky when I was about my children's age and wondered what might be out there in space. I used to watch "shooting stars" streak across the sky and rarely the "northern lights" in our backyard on our small farm in Michigan. Beautiful! I won't make into space, but I would like to give my children the imagination and the possibility of that reality. With these materials my children will have a better view of Earth and its place in the Solar System. The materials includes connections to the Internet for further investigations. The curriculum-based lessons are illuminated with stunning images, video and animations and reinforced with interactive exercises, including virtual experiments, demonstrations, mini-games and puzzles. The best part is this a module that could be used year after year and something that other teachers could use as well. This could also be a helpful language tool for many of our ESL children, whose English language skills are still developing. Concrete experiences such as this modular system provides, can support and anchor not only the learning of science, but vocabulary skills as well. Your donation can serve in many ways: inspiring a child of limited means and experiences to further explore science, finding the hook for a child who does not learn gracefully via written word (a challenge for many 1st generation students) and supporting a teacher who is hoping to find ways to encourage his colleagues to teach LIVING Science! Thanks in advance for your consideration! "Into infinity and beyond!"... Buzz Lightyear.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Exploring Astronomy Complete Series, Laboratory Pack of 5 • Frey Scientific, Inc. $599.00 1 $599.00

Materials cost

$599.00

Vendor shipping charges

$59.90

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$691.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$151.68

Total project goal

$842.68

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$842.68

1 Donor

-$812.94

Donations toward project cost

-$691.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$121.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.74

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$0.00

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This project will reach 35 students.

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