More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Making Science Sensational in First Grade
My students need equipment, like a class set of magnifiers and goggles, a weather activity tub and other hands-on materials to enhance and support our new science units.
Science is important. That is a fact I want each of my students to understand even as early as first grade. But with a 30 minute science block, it's hard to make science come alive and feel as valued as it should be.
My students are hard working and eager children.
They jump at the chance to get their hands on learning and love doing centers. Our school is warm and welcoming, and we really need to be because we serve one of the highest poverty areas in our county. Many of my students come from homes where the parents do all they can to support education, but are often limited in time and resources to really expand on what we are doing in school. Specifically, as a first grade teacher, my students are willing learners, and as their teacher it is my job to keep that love of learning strong as they pass through my classroom.
I am requesting goggles, magnifiers, microscopes, and slides for our unit on being a scientist and the power of observation. This will enhance the unit by giving students more than a single plastic ant to observe.
A life cycle theme box for our unit on nature and life cycles will help my students compare the life cycles of butterflies, frogs, and plants.
The magnet kit will provide independent activities that expand on what our magnet unit already teaches.
And finally, the weather kit will allow me to set up a student weather station to collect daily data for our weather unit and also let students actually use the tools we read about in our unit (specifically an anemometer!)
The first grade units were new last year; I want to make these units into fun and exciting units that students will look forward to and remember.
This project is important because my first graders today will need science for their future.
They will have jobs and work with tools that I can only imagine. As technology and innovation take off at exponential rates, my students need to have scientific minds if they are going to succeed. Your donations will help me inspire and ignite that curiosity and thinking to take them into later grades and beyond. This project will show my students that the 30 minutes after lunch really matter.
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