My students need a real-life experience with life science, and watching the life cycles of animals, with a freshwater aquarium and a frog hatchery kit.
This project expired on December 9, 2011.
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Do you remember just reading about life science in a book? Help my students experience life science with these hands-on habitats...the joy and true learning experiences with hands-on activities just can't be replaced by a book.
My students are a heterogeneous group comprised of gifted and talented, average, and special needs students.
We live in a small rural community in Texas, where budget shortfalls are straining the districts budget.
I use these hands-on activities to spark enthusiasm for learning, help students see and understand life cycles (a major state standard in first grade), and provide students with a sense of responsibility to the environment.
Students with special needs (be that special education or gifted and talented) tend to have reservations when it comes to connecting with their environment and living creatures. My plan is to have these habitats that I've requested become a part of our classroom routine; allowing students to give care, watch growth, and research the life cycle of the animals. We will journal our ongoing observations as part of our science center, while questioning what we see daily.
The pure joy and excitement that you hear and see in a child's face when working with life science is amazing.
Students will be able to watch the development and experience the life cycle first hand. I promise to honor taking photos, videos, and journaling the experience to share with you. Your efforts and donations will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
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