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Mrs. Benda from Richmond CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning: A Metamorphosis

My students need examples of rocks, pellets for dissection, and microscopes for science enrichment.

  • $1,047 goal

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My Students

Help us pass the state science test!! We need materials to help make science instruction more effective. Realia makes all the difference when learning a new concept. They must be able to see, smell, and touch the concepts.

The school that my students attend is a very special place.

It looks dilapidated and run down from the outside, in an area undesirable to most. When you enter, it becomes a magical place where students are loved, encouraged, nurtured, and allowed to be children. Most come from families that have been deeply affected by crime, drugs, and gang activity. Many are immigrants just trying to provide a better life for their children. The students are special because of their resiliency and positive attitudes. California's government doesn't see the faces behind the cuts to education. We look into those children's eyes daily and do the best we can to educate them with less! Our students don't have access to many of the resources that other schools take for granted. The students at my school deserve the same opportunities as the students who attend school in more affluent areas. I am their teacher, advocating for their well deserved and equal education!

My Project

I am requesting materials to help make my science curriculum more relevant. Owl pellets are dissected to illustrate the food chain, predators and prey, and just how cool animals are in the wild. Most students have never had an opportunity to look through a microscope at anything. We discuss microorganisms, but it is hard to believe in a concept you have never seen or experienced. Another concept that is covered is the rock cycle and characteristics of rock and minerals. The rock samples and video will help make the material easier to understand.

My students are tested at the state level on science standards.

They need to have a full and real understanding of the tested concepts. They are having difficulties due to the lack of resources provided at the school site. My student's test score could put others to shame, if we had the necessary items!

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Mrs. Benda
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
OWL PELLETS REPLACEMENTS PACK OF 15 • Frey Scientific, Inc. $42.95 2 $85.90
MINERAL SET HARDNESS W/ DIAMOND • Frey Scientific, Inc. $27.95 4 $111.80
VHS INTRO ROCKS&MINERALS EA • Frey Scientific, Inc. $39.95 1 $39.95
MICROSCOPE PROFESSOR STEREO EA • Frey Scientific, Inc. $88.95 4 $355.80
MICRO SLIDES MICROORG SEA WATER SET/15 • Frey Scientific, Inc. $102.95 1 $102.95

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