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Ms. Valley from Springfield OH is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let Science Take Flight in Fourth: Birding Inquiry

My students need a class set (18) of field binoculars to closely observe birds and their ecosystem.

  • $558 goal

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My Students

Our school community is situated in the heartland of Ohio between Dayton and Columbus. Similar to many schools, our students come from diverse homes and backgrounds, and we love creating a school family that encourages differences, the pursuit of passions, and risk-taking. We know kids enjoy 21st century opportunities for entertainment and learning via the internet and gaming; however, we also know that our kids still love to get outdoors and explore. We appreciate their zest for life, curiosity, play, and engagement in the community and hope to continue to foster this in the upper elementary grades and beyond.

My Project

These binoculars will give our fourth grade scientists a unique learning opportunity this fall as we investigate habitats and ecosystems in our own neighborhood. Birds will be the vehicle for inquiry as our students delve into a true scientific investigation. Without even realizing it, our young scientists will learn the power of the scientific method while making observations, gathering questions, figuring out how to answer their questions, and ultimately sharing their results.

Our scientists will utilize their binoculars to investigate birds in our own school backyard, nearby nature trails, and a local bird sanctuary.

The binoculars will help students literally zoom in on elements of a habitat, animal adaptations and behavior, and overall functioning of an ecosystem. As our students view birds up close, they will have the opportunity to share their wonderings and observations and even design their own experiments. Plus, our students will engage in true citizen science as they record their bird and species data onto This platform accumulates data on an international scale and uses it for further research, conservation, and education efforts.

Most importantly, this project will be an authentic learning experience that makes connections among all subjects. Students will:

*Study the geometry found in Charley Harper's bird artwork

*Analyze migration patterns and explore regional geography of the U.S.A.

*Connect literature to science with The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

*Engage in research and writing by answering their observation questions and reporting experimental results

The possibilities are limitless and we can't wait to see where our students' interests and ideas take this project even further... but we would love having these binoculars to help create that initial spark of joyful learning!

Ms. Valley
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 70 students.

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G4Free 12x25 Compact Binoculars(BAK4,Green Lens),Large Eyepiece Super High-Powered Field Surveillance Binoculars • Amazon Business $24.29 18 $437.22

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