My students need science kits and manipulatives that help reinforce skills in motion, biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science, earth science and anatomy.
Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island, New York and devastated all of us. As many were evacuated, many were not. Staten Island is now an island of devastation. My students with disabilities were forced to abandon their homes, some are now homeless, others replaced and some returned to just rubble left.
I teach students with Autism and Multiple Disabilities from 2nd to 8th grade.
I work with over eighty students on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum. They want to understand what happened to them and teaching them about science and nature is key for understanding. They now need our school more than ever to provide a nurturing environment to them. They come to school to feel both safe and wanted. My goal is to inspire a love for science and show them the amazing wonders this world has to offer.
All of my students are eager learners who are like little sponges; ready to absorb anything you give them. They love hands on lessons! Whether it is a game, computer game, activity on the smart board, iPad, playing with manipulatives or just sharing a book, they love to learn new things in a variety of different ways.
I currently have, in my classroom programs that correlate with reading and math for the students. The children learn best through hands on experiences.
In our classroom, we have been developing a new appreciation for all things STEM. I have requested materials, which will bring the learning of my students to another dimension. Instead of just reading about minerals and rocks, they will have the opportunity to bring learning to their fingertips. This will happen through being engaged in the content being presented before them with the classroom kit of rocks, fossils, and minerals. Content will go from just being in their imaginations to their hands which will encourage more thought and the development of other skills needed to make STEM a part of their everyday lives. I also asked for science manuipulatives to cover a variety of sciences being taught in our class so that students can view actual specimens that they will be learning about. These materials are essential for my students with disabilities to learn STEM like their non-disabled peers. Our students must meet all the Common Core Learning Standards by their grade level.
My students need your help!
I want my class excited to learn science. The best way to learn science is to use hands on materials. We would be able to take the concepts and experiments we find online and in books and bring them to life. Understanding the properties of physical science, knowing the various plant life out there and watching it grow. To think that science would now be a time of safety goggles and recording results sounds like a lot of learning to me!
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