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Mrs. Woolley from Tampa FL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mad Scientists: Taking Science Into Our Own Hands!

My students need 9 Science materials that can bring what they are reading about to life!

  • $501 goal

This project expired on June 28, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every first grader is a scientist waiting to happen! They live for discovery and literally gasp with delight when they participate in hands-on science investigations. The cost of many of these materials many times exceeds our school budget and there is the challenge!

I have a classroom of curious first graders waiting to get their hands dirty with science!

The diversity in my classroom is huge ranging from autism to gifted--each one of them loving the challenge of science investigations. I have found that these hands-on activities are motivating for all learners. They allow for each individual to make discoveries appropriate to their level of learning. Our school embraces the scientific process and we begin even in our preschool program inviting that curiosity that is involved with hands-on learning. With the state of the economy, these experiences have become less frequent due to the cost of science materials. My students light up at the mention of science, and if experiments, manipulatives, or hands-on equipment are involved there are actual squeals of delight!

My Project

If I am provided with these materials, I will be able to transform an empty back counter into a science lab! Curious first graders will be given the opportunity to perform science investigations instead of just reading about them. Students will be able to explore with a microscope, watch the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies, create volcanic eruptions, and choose from a variety of other science projects. Critical thinking skills will be put to the test as they grab their science journals and learn to put their observations and actions into real life play. They can test their questions and hypotheses with items such as magnets. Their hands will lead the way on this one!

Think of your own child.

Remember the days of true experimentation? Did it involve something from the kitchen or the backyard? How many hours could they keep their attention focused on an activity that delighted their imaginations? Hands on science in the classroom seems to close the gap between above level learners and below level learners. They all come together in one mad lab to collaborate on scientific discoveries. The excitement trickles over into our literature and writing as well.

Mrs. Woolley
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FS161 - Geodes Discovery Set • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
GR700 - Life Cycle Sequencing Kit • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
LC66 - The Butterfly Nursery • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
FF986 - Plants Activity Tub - Gr. 1-3 • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95
RR152 - Scientific Classification Center • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
FS491 - Human X-Rays - Set of 18 • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
DA106 - Big Screen Microscope • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95
EE512 - Lakeshore Magnet Kit • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
LL765X - Feel & Discover Science Bags - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95

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