Inspiring Second Graders With Hands-on Social Studies & Science
My students need an iPad, 3 magnet kits, a weather vane, and a historic map of our city for a more hands-on approach to science and social studies.
Science and social studies often get left behind in a rush to get students to meet benchmark in reading and math. I am trying to keep these important subjects alive in my classroom, but I need the materials to make it engaging!
My students are in the second grade at a diverse, low-income school in Oregon.
Many of our students face challenges that are unimaginable and too often insurmountable including homelessness and abuse. My students' families come from all over the world - from Mexico, Ethiopia, Tonga, and Laos. Some of them have lived in refugee camps, some have seen obscene tragedy, but they all come to school with hope in their eyes. My goal is to make school a place that captures my students' imagination and interest, a place that brings light and reason into their lives.
The largest item I requested is an iPad. I want my students to be exposed to learning through technology. Because so few of my students have computers or the Internet at home, they need opportunities at school to see how and why people use technology. My students would be blown away to use an iPad at school.
I also requested a historical map of our city. I want our students to feel connected to where they live through a unit on local history. I have also asked for three magnet kits for the class to use in our magnet unit. They will document their observations and begin to learn about scientific inquiry. Later we will go on to study weather, which is why I requested a weather vane station that has a thermometer and a rain measurement system attached to it. This will be placed in a courtyard garden for the whole school to use.
My students' lives can be made richer and their futures brighter if this project is funded.
I want them to fall in love with learning, and the items I have requested will help me encourage their growth and wonderment with the world.
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