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Mrs. Mach from St Paul Park MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

K Is For S.T.E.M.

My students need materials that accompany STEM lessons from the Picture-Perfect STEM resources, which includes a fiction and non-fiction book for each lesson to help integrate literacy throughout our day!

  • $1,819 goal

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My Students

As teachers in a low-income school, our students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Our school is in a large district that has a diverse population and higher needs than other schools. Despite the many challenges they face, we are looking to keep things simple and provide our students with creative and meaningful learning experiences that relate to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Our students are hands on learners, big hearted, and excited about learning.

They like to move, they love to learn and love lots of positive attention. Many of our students have not been out of our city and do not realize how big the world is around them. From the minute they walk into our school we want to set a foundation where they can start to understand their true potential and all the opportunities that await them in this age of global citizens. By giving THREE classrooms of kindergartener access to these STEM activities we hope to inspire our earliest learners to shoot for the stars!

My Project

Having the materials and corresponding books for these S.T.E.M. lessons will help engage our THREE classrooms of kindergarten students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as they learn to think critically about the world around them.

K is for S.T.E.M.

as our kindergarteners embark on a new way of learning about the world. Using the teacher book, Picture Perfect STEM Lessons, our classrooms of kinders will be given the opportunity to explore everything from the warming effects of the sun, by comparing temperatures of sunny and shady surfaces, to exploring the cause and effect relationships with forces and motion by experimenting with how pushes and pulls can stop and start motion and change an object's direction while participating in a design challenge to get a dog, Newton, (riding in a matchbox car) into his doghouse (plastic cup with arch cutout).

We choose eight lessons from Picture Perfect STEM that we believe will not only help to meet the Minnesota State Standards for science and math in kindergarten, but will also be highly engaging and relatable to our students. Each of the eight lessons (each to be kept in a reusable plastic file box to used yearly) require a fiction and non-fiction mentor text to be used as a springboard for learning, as well as simple materials that students will use in a design challenge. For example, in the lesson titled "Flight of the Pollinators," after reading "Flowers Are Calling" and "What is Pollination", students end the lesson by creating a pollinator (each student getting their own glove to make as their pollinator) that will "catch" as much pollen (pom poms ) from a one "flower" (plastic cup) to move to another flower (plastic cup). It is these simple materials that will help to build a foundation for scientific critical thinking.

Mrs. Mach
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Knit Mittens Gloves For Kids Winter Magic Knit Gloves for Girls/Boys Solid Warm Gloves Black • Amazon Business $4.99 75 $374.25
Staples Letter/Legal File Box, Translucent Blue (140086) • Staples Advantage $12.99 8 $103.92
Premium Organic Bamboo [ HEIM CONCEPT ] Extra Large Cutting Board and Serving Tray with Drip Groove [ 18" x 12" x ¾" inch Thick ] Eco-Friendly Thick Strong Bamboo Kitchenware • Amazon Business $17.79 3 $53.37
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 3 $48.48
Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~ 716℉ (-50℃ ~ 380℃), Yellow and Black • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Flowers Are Calling • Amazon Business $14.06 3 $42.18
Safari Ltd Dogs TOOB With 11 Hand Painted Toy Figurines Including A Dachshund, Dalmatian, Retriever, Sheepdog, Collie, Shepherd, Beagle, Boxer, Great Dane, Doberman, And Bulldog For Ages 3 And Up • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
Self Adhesive Dots, Hompie 1050pcs(525 Pairs) 3/4" Diameter Sticky Back Coins Nylon Coins, Hook & Loop Dots with Waterproof Sticky Glue Coins Tapes, Perfect for School,Office, Home(White) • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.69 3 $41.07
The Handiest Things in the World • Amazon Business $13.57 3 $40.71
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $13.26 3 $39.78
Safari Ltd Coral Reef TOOB Set • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! • Amazon Business $12.51 3 $37.53
Safari Ltd Rainforest TOOB • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
Safari Ltd Desert TOOB, Pack of 11 • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
Safari Ltd Wild TOOB With 12 Great Jungle Friends, Including a Giraffe, Brown Bear, Tiger, Camel, Lion, Crocodile, Gorilla, Hippo, Rhino, Zebra, Panther and Elephant (Discontinued by manufacturer) • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
SY Compact Travel Umbrella Windproof Automatic LightWeight Unbreakable Umbrellas-Direct sales of factories-Quality umbrella (Black) • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Summer Sun Risin' • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
We Planted a Tree • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Trasfit 550 Pieces UV Beads Multi Color Changing UV Reactive Plastic Pony Beads, Glows in the Dark, Fun for Jewelry / Bracelets Making (6-8mm) • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Move It!: Motion, Forces and You (Primary Physical Science) • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
Engineering in Our Everyday Lives (Engineering Close-up) • Amazon Business $7.65 3 $22.95
What Is Pollination? (Big Science Ideas (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $7.37 3 $22.11
Caydo 1200 Pieces 1cm Assorted Pom Poms for DIY Creative Crafts Decorations • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Where Do Animals Live? (My World) • Amazon Business $6.95 3 $20.85
Hot Wheels Stunt DCC Track Builder Playset, 40 Feet • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
The Sun: Our Nearest Star (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Simplicity Men Women's Winter Warm Solid Color Furry Ear Warmers, Dark Grey • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Newton and Me • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, Penne, 12 Ounce (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business $15.84 1 $15.84
DECORA 500 Pieces 6mm -12mm Black Wiggle Googly Eyes with Self-adhesive • Amazon Business $4.59 3 $13.77
Acrylic Felt Sheet 9” X 12”: 25 PCS, Hunter Green • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
AmazonBasics Twin Pocket Folders with Fasteners, 25-Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Red Solo Cup Cold Plastic Party Cups 16 Ounce 100 Pack • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
Penn Plax Aquarium Fish Net – Aqua Blue Quick Catch Mesh Wire Net Safe for All Fish – 4 Inches • Amazon Business $2.97 3 $8.91
Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 375 ct • Amazon Business $2.68 3 $8.04
DeLallo Gluten Free Brown Rice, Fusilli, 12 Ounce • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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