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Mrs. Iverson from Rome NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Budding Naturalists with the Naturebrary

Help me give my students field guides, magnifying glasses, and other hands-on materials so that they may better explore the natural world around them.

  • $549 goal

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My Students

Our school serves students in grades K-6. We are a Title 1 school, with over 50% of our students getting free lunch. Despite any socio-economic disadvantages, our school is a diverse community of learners...with each student having his/her own unique learning style. We strive every day to engage students and tap into their natural curiosity and potential. Our students have what it takes to succeed in the 21st century...they just need someone to fan the spark that is already there.

My Project

The Library Media Center is a hub of activity at our elementary school - we have books aplenty, a Lego Wall, and a variety of STEM resources that encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on activities. What we DON'T have are dedicated resources and materials that encourage students to unplug from their devices and get outside to explore the wondrous and fascinating natural world around them. I'd like to change that - by creating a "Naturebrary" in the Library Media Center.

Science and discovery are all around us - if we just take the opportunity to look.

The Naturebrary would house a small collection of resources that encourage students, staff, and their families, to get outside and explore. Resources would include "Discovery Bags" filled with all the items needed to go out and explore their own backyards, and beyond. These bags could be borrowed, just like library books and other materials in the Library Media Center. Each bag would contain a field guide, a journal, a couple magnifying glasses, and perhaps a few other related items. The Naturebrary would also contain rocks, minerals, fossils, and a host of other items from the natural world, that students could see, touch, and examine up close.

My hope is that this small collection of resources would continue to grow as students and staff get out into nature and find interesting things that they want to share with others. I know there are budding naturalists in my school - hopefully the Naturebrary will give them the tools they need to continue their path of discovery.

Mrs. Iverson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MICROSCOPE NANCY B • Frey Scientific $47.96 1 $47.96
LEAF IDENTIFICATION KIT EA • Frey Scientific $47.96 1 $47.96
HANDS-ON EXPLORATION FOSSILS • Frey Scientific $44.99 1 $44.99
PINE LIFE HISTORY SPECIMEN BLOCK • Frey Scientific $35.99 1 $35.99
CARDS PHOTOS CLOUDS SET/16 • Frey Scientific $25.19 1 $25.19
Concise Tree Guide • AKJ Education $6.53 3 $19.59
COMPASS LG • Frey Scientific $3.68 5 $18.40
Peterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths • AKJ Education $5.80 3 $17.40
Peterson First Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America • AKJ Education $5.80 3 $17.40
Tracks, Scats and Signs • AKJ Education $5.80 3 $17.40
Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America • AKJ Education $5.80 3 $17.40
Backyard Birds • AKJ Education $5.10 3 $15.30
Looking at Rocks • AKJ Education $4.67 3 $14.01
ROCK KIT INTRO COLLECTION S/15 • Frey Scientific $13.85 1 $13.85
MAGNIFIER 2'' W/SAFETY LANYARD PK/10 • Frey Scientific $10.79 1 $10.79
BUG VIEWER LG • Frey Scientific $4.58 2 $9.16
SLIDES MICRO SLIDES PLASTIC PLANTS ST/10 • Frey Scientific $8.09 1 $8.09
SLIDES MICRO SLIDES PLASTIC ANIMAL ST/10 • Frey Scientific $8.09 1 $8.09
SLIDES MICRO SLIDES PLAS INSECTS ST/10 • Frey Scientific $8.09 1 $8.09

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