My students are a dynamic group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. They have various special needs but that doesn't stop them from striving to reach their potential. They come to school each day with smiles and a willingness to learn.
Hands-on lessons are valuable for my students.
Not only do these lessons enable academic content to be more easily learned and retained by my students, but they also provide a vehicle for learning interpersonal skills, cooperation, and other life skills.
The rock samples will allow my students to see and feel rock samples from various sources, as well as to discuss how they are formed. We live in an environment that is not very rocky, so most of their experiences with rocks are limited to what they find in gravel. A butterfly habitat will allow them to see first hand the phenomenon of metamorphosis As a bonus, we can draw vocabulary connections between METAMORPHic rocks and METAMORPHosis in butterflies.
An outdoor thermometer will allow the students to associate specific numerical values with "hot" and "cold" and will aid us in teaching and learning the correct dress for different temperatures.
The owl pellets will encourage student engagement in lessons about dissection, skeletal identification, discussion about the food chain, and comparisons between the diets of owls in different parts of the country.
These supplies would make the Science component of STEM come alive in my classroom. Right now our science lessons mostly consist of reading about science concepts. These items would be a game changer by making STEM concepts more tangible and concrete for my students.
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