South Middle School is low poverty area. We have over 90% free and reduced lunches. My students can not always afford items to do science projects. Some of my students have to share their items, and I would like to allow all of my students to have their own project.
I teach 2 classes of advanced/gifted science with 35 students and they are very inquisitive and need the hands on activities.
My other science class is a regular science class with 12 students. I also have 3 regular education math classes with a total of 55 students.
Students love to have rock and mineral samples that they can use all of their sense to identify and study instead of pictures from a book. By using these mineral samples students be able to apply their knowledge they receive from my lectures and the book to help identify minerals and rock. After my lessons of rocks and minerals, students will have to identify what type of mineral they have. They will have the opportunity to try the different identifying methods they were taught. Students learn a lot more from hands on activities than just be verbally taught or shown a video of the techniques. Who knows this could be the start of a new geologists!
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