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Ms. Harris from Texarkana AR is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Having Fun With States of Matter

My students need a hot plate, beakers, graduated cylinders, chocolate, and art supplies to learn about states of matter.

  • $554 goal

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My Students

Do you remember the first time a teacher brought a subject "alive" for you? I strive everyday to help my students make concrete connections to the abstract ideas in science. I also try to integrate the arts into my curriculum as much as possible.

I teach fifth grade math and science at a title one school in Arkansas.

My students are extremely economically disadvantaged. They often come to me with very little prior knowledge or hands-on experience in science. Fifth grade is the first year my students are exposed to many scientific concepts and allowed to perform labs as part of their learning experience.

My Project

The materials requested will enable us to perform several activities while exploring the states of matter. During our study of states of matter, we perform a lab where we take a solid (ice), melt it to a liquid (water), and continue heating until it becomes a gas (steam). We also watch this process in reverse by holding a cold beaker over the boiling water to collect the steam, which condenses and becomes water again. The next lab activity we perform shows how a solid can be melted by applying heat and pressure. The students are given a piece of foil and chocolate. They wrap the chocolate in the foil, place it in their hands, and apply heat and pressure. We discuss how the molecules move differently in each of the states of matter - I even have a dance to demonstrate the movement! The final activity we perform is to create an art project that illustrates the arrangement and movement of the molecules in each of the states of matter.

This unit is always a student favorite and they talk about it year after year.

By combining visual and tactile learning strategies, I am able to reach the majority of my students and they have fun along the way. Resources in our science department are getting more scarce each year. Please help me ensure that my students get the best learning experience possible.

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Ms. Harris
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 55 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hot Plate Economy Inf Control 700W • Sargent-Welch $44.55 1 $44.55
VWR Beaker 1000mL Pack6 • Sargent-Welch $47.52 1 $47.52
COLOSSAL BARREL OF CRAFTS -- Chenille Kraft Craft Kits; Colossal Barrel of Crafts • Quill $43.19 2 $86.38
POM PONS ASSORTED 1 LB BAG -- Chenille Kraft Pom Pons; Pound of Poms • Quill $15.29 2 $30.58
PIPE CLEANERS/BIG BOX • Blick Art Materials $5.77 3 $17.31
ALUMINUM FOIL-ROLL-STD-12X500 W/CUTTER BOX -- Boardwalk Aluminum Foil Rolls; Standard, 12"x500' • Quill $26.99 1 $26.99
HERSHEYS MILK CHOCOLATE BAR, 36/BX -- Hershey's ; Milk Chocolate Bar • Quill $28.79 1 $28.79
POSTER BOARD1 -- Pacon White Poster Board • Quill $26.99 1 $26.99
CRAYOLA CLASSIC WASHABLE MARKERS, WATER-BASED WASHABLE -- Crayola Classic Colors Washable Markers; Broad Tip • Quill $3.77 5 $18.85
GLUE-ALL 7.625OZ -- Elmer's Glue-All ; 7.6oz. • Quill $3.14 5 $15.70
VWR Cylinder Single Scale Graduated 1000mL • Sargent-Welch $25.43 2 $50.86

Materials cost

$394.52

Vendor shipping charges

$2.34

State sales tax

$32.55

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.92

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$470.33

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.00

Total project goal

$553.33

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$553.33

1 Donor

-$553.33

Donations toward project cost

-$470.33

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$83.00

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$0.00

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