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Ms. Ramsey from Anchorage AK is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning About Arctic Animals the STEAM Way

My students need 24 nonfiction books about arctic animals, 24 fiction books about bears, coyotes, and seals like Corduroy; and clay tools, clay, origami books & paper.

  • $1,266 goal

This project expired on April 9, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

From the moment the first bell rings until the end of the day, my second graders are busy learning. As part of this year's STEAM program, they are going to study representative arctic animals.

This year my students are going to engage in a study of representative arctic animals.

My students are going to learn about the types of animals that live in the arctic. They will learn about adaptations, camouflage and the impact of the environment on animals. My students will select an animal and find out how their chosen animal lives and survives. Using the nonfiction books requested for this project, students will learn about their animal's habits, life cycle, and adaptations to the harsh cold. They will take notes in their field journal. Students will compare the scientifically true facts they learned to fiction works about the same animals. As result of this project, my students will learn scientific method, research techniques and will learn the difference between fact and fiction.

My Project

Before we start, I will set up a reading display of 24 requested arctic animal books. Students will examine the books and write their questions and discoveries in Field Journals decorated with their drawings of arctic animals. Then, student teams will pick an animal that lives on the tundra and research more about its life cycle, how it lives on the tundra, special adaptations, and how it fits into the food chain. After they have completed their research, they will listen to classic stories about the different animals and note the differences between fact and fiction. I am asking for 24 nonfiction books and 24 fiction books, journals, and art supplies. At the end of this project, all students will make a clay figure of their animal and an origami-animal-food-chain which shows where their animal fits in the chain. My students will share their findings at a STEAM fair. To be successful, my students need accurate, accessible books. We need help because we have no money for this project.

Every day, my students are falling behind because they do not have access to materials they can use for STEAM research.

Working on this STEAM unit on Arctic Animals to research real animals and compare them to fictional ones, can open a whole new world of understanding for my students. They will be learning about math, science, adaptation and engineering, and use art to communicate their research. Please donate and help my military students.

Ms. Ramsey
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
FG465X - Classic Primary Composition Book - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 3 $83.97
Activa Blackjack Clay - 25 lb • Blick Art Materials $19.41 2 $38.82
Boxwood Clay Tools - Set of 38, 6" • Blick Art Materials $29.74 1 $29.74
A Library Book for Bear • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh • AKJ Books $22.46 1 $22.46
Seals • AKJ Books $21.41 1 $21.41
Bear Feels Sick • AKJ Books $20.81 1 $20.81
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $20.81 1 $20.81
Black Bears • AKJ Books $20.66 1 $20.66
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $20.66 1 $20.66
Coyotes • AKJ Books $20.66 1 $20.66
Coyotes • AKJ Books $19.80 1 $19.80
Black Bears • AKJ Books $19.80 1 $19.80
Origami Wild Animals • AKJ Books $19.42 1 $19.42
Kingfisher Readers L1: Seals • AKJ Books $9.48 2 $18.96
Black Bears • AKJ Books $18.72 1 $18.72
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $18.72 1 $18.72
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $17.85 1 $17.85
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $17.48 1 $17.48
Easy Clay Crafts in 5 Steps • AKJ Books $17.48 1 $17.48
Clay Modeling • AKJ Books $17.23 1 $17.23
Black Bear • AKJ Books $17.06 1 $17.06
Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began Emmet • AKJ Books $17.06 1 $17.06
Coyote • AKJ Books $16.51 1 $16.51
Coyotes • AKJ Books $16.50 1 $16.50
Alaska''s Three Bears • AKJ Books $8.02 2 $16.04
National Geographic Kids Mission: Polar Bear Rescue • AKJ Books $15.99 1 $15.99
Caribou • AKJ Books $15.56 1 $15.56
Seals • AKJ Books $15.56 1 $15.56
Peter and the Seal • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
Yasutomo Student Origami Paper - 6" x 6" Sheets, Class Pack Assortment, Package of 500 • Blick Art Materials $14.88 1 $14.88
Winnie the Pooh • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Finding Winnie • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
Paddington • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Corduroy • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Winnie • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Duck, Duck, Goose • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Paddington Bear in the Garden • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Bear & Hare Snow! • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Polar Bears • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Grizzly Bears of Alaska • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Bear Has a Story to Tell • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
A Pocket for Corduroy Don Freeman, Don Freeman (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Goldi Rocks & the Three Bears • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Andre the Famous Harbor Seal Fran Hodgkins, Yetti Frenkel (I • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Bear Can Dance! • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Polar Bears and the Arctic • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
My Art Book: Animals • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Corduroy Lost and Found • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Bear and Bird • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Seal Pup Grows Up • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Origami Animals • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
A Coyote Solstice Tale • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
A Coyote Solstice Tale • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Origami Activities for Children Chiyo Araki • AKJ Books $8.96 1 $8.96
Yasutomo Student Origami Paper - 4" x 4" Sheets, Class Pack Assortment, Package of 500 • Blick Art Materials $8.08 1 $8.08
A Bear Called Paddington • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Bear in a Square • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Seals and Sea Lions Bobbie Kalman, John Crossingham • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Fold''ems Fold-by-Number Origami Paper - Wild Animals • Blick Art Materials $3.58 1 $3.58
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $0.00 1 $0.00

Materials cost

$998.63

Vendor shipping charges

$17.00

State sales tax

$14.98

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,075.59

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$189.81

Total project goal

$1,265.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,265.40

3 Donors

-$397.41

Donations toward project cost

-$367.80

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.61

Matching donations from our partners

-$832.69

Match offers toward project cost

-$707.79

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$124.90

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$35.30

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$0.00

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