I teach science and writing to a group of diverse fifth grade students who come from low-income families, most living in the city housing project across the street from the school. My students come to school eager, energetic and willing to work hard at their studies.
I am constantly impressed with their resilience and desire to learn, despite the many challenges they face at home.
This is the second year my school is departmentalizing across the fifth grade, meaning I will be teaching my subjects to 80 students divided into three classes. There is a broad range of students in this mix... general education students, English language learners, and special education students with learning disabilities and/or behavioral issues.
Unfortunately, my school, despite getting federal aid as a Title I institution, cannot fund even the most basic supplies, nor can many of the students afford them.
My fifth grade science students have been studying the patterns of the earth and sky. They have taken on the roles of astronomers and investigating the sun and other stars, as well as the movement of the Earth.
Please help my students visit the Wagner College Planetarium where they can voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system!
They will be able to learn the principles of astronomy through lecture and awe-inspiring visuals. For most of my students, this will be their first visit to a planetarium and this is an opportunity to expose them to an amazing experience that will support and enhance their learning in the classroom.
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