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Ms. k. from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Did We Happen to Get Here?

Help me give my students the opportunity to read about Darwin and the "Origin of the Species" and think about where we, as a species in the Cenozoic Era, are headed.

  • $520 goal

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My Students

I directly teach gifted students from pre-k to eighth grade. Indirectly, I teach a lot more, since my classroom is in the hallway and everyone stops to see what my students are working on.

Some teachers think I have an ideal teaching life because I work with gifted students, but gifted kids can be very challenging.

They're bored if the work is too easy, they love to banter and out smart one another.

On the good side, I don't have to push too far before I see their brilliance. I think they teach me as much as I teach them.

My Project

My students will explore the history of the universe through readings, research, science experiments, and studying and creating timelines.

Each student will decide on his/her specific area of inquiry as they gather information, write reports, and create presentations about an era that sparks their interest.

In the culminating project, students will create a timeline to present to younger students that will give them a picture of the past as well as an understanding of the time it took for our world to develop to this point.

Students will present their findings in research reports along with science experiments in chemistry, such as carbon dating, and classifying rocks and fossils using the Dancing Bear Fossil Collection. Of course, we'll make a volcano using the ETA hand2mind volcano erupting kit. The goal is for each student to "be the teacher" and teach the group about his/her findings.

I chose this project because the students have expressed interest in cosmology, chemistry, the Big Bang, and Charles Darwin. I thought it would be a great jumping-off point to do something inquiry-based. History, science, math, and research writing are just some of the skills that will be used in this project. Currently, we have very little in the way of research material since we don't have a school library. In order to better understand the world in which we now live, it's important for students to know how change has happened, and consider their roles in the universe of the future.

Ms. k.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Cenozoic Era: Age of Mammals (Print (Hardcover)) • Britannica Digital Learning $47.00 1 $47.00
Human Evolution (Print (Hardcover)) • Britannica Digital Learning $36.25 1 $36.25
Cosmology: Understanding the Evolution of the Universe (Print (Hardcover)) • Britannica Digital Learning $36.25 1 $36.25
Dancing Bear Fossil Collection Sorting Activity Kit with Over 100 Pcs (More Than 20 Different Fossil Varieties!), Educational ID Sheet, Color ID Cards, Bags, Magnifying Glass, and Shark Teeth, Brand • Amazon Business $32.95 1 $32.95
ETA hand2mind Erupt! Volcano Science Kit with 15 Experiments (Ages 8+) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
FIZZ! Chemistry Science Kit for Kids (Ages 8+) - Build 32+ STEM Career Experiments and Activities | Make Your Own Foam, Crystals, Magic Tricks, and More | Educational Toys | STEM Authenticated • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth (Smithsonian) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
How Have Animals Evolved and Adapted? (Print (Hardcover)) • Britannica Digital Learning $24.45 1 $24.45
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Fossil Dig Kit – Excavate 15 real fossils including Dinosaur Bones, Mosasaur & Shark Teeth - Great STEM Science gift for Paleontology and Archeology enthusiasts of any age • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Bang!: How We Came to Be • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
On the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Evolution: the Beginning Board Game • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Older than The Stars • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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