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Mrs. Sexton from San Ramon CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Modeling Is Key to Understand Processes, Structures and Scales!

Help me give my students basic supplies to build models, a key scientific practice to understand processes, scales, structures and functions. With over 525 students per week, we need supplies for opportunities to engage them!

  • $280 goal

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My Students

In our STEAM lab, over five hundred 1st through 5th ‘little scientist/engineers’ come to find about the world around them, and to share ideas and inquiries from multiple backgrounds and experiences.

My students challenge me to be innovative, to provide the best possible opportunities for each, and to build meaning from our hands-on activities, our discussions, readings, and investigations.

Their curiosity and eagerness to find about the world is harnessed and put to action through group work, creativity, research, investigations and integration of literacy, mathematics, art, technology, and engineering.

Our parent community is representative of Hispanic, Asian, African American, White, and Pacific Islander backgrounds. My students love to work on projects, use technology to research and deliver ideas, and capture nuances in slow motion. They use maker materials to build models of physical processes and Earth’s features, and love sharing during our Family Science Night.

My Project

Our projects include building models to understand the world. As we design and explore ideas, supplies are needed to investigate how something works, or to use creativity to solve a problem, we need a model or prototype to envision how it will help!

Our students love being engaged in creating, sharing ideas and visualizing how a process works, or to make a small model of something we could not possibly view with our bare eyes, or too big and expensive; so, modeling allows our imaginations to soar, and our creativity to design better understandings of our world.

With over 525 students and five different grades, there are plenty of opportunities for us to replicate in different scales a real object, to put together parts to make a whole, to make a flow chart with interactive parts, and to design new ideas. With your assistance, we'll have the basic supplies we need to grow our understanding and to own our learning!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Model Magic Pastel Colors Modeling Material, Assorted Colors, 2lb Bucket, 4 - 8oz Bags (BIN232235) • Staples Advantage $18.89 3 $56.67
Staples Cardstock Paper, 110 lbs, 8.5" x 11", White, 250/Pack (49701) • Staples Advantage $8.03 5 $40.15
Astrobrights Vintage Cardstock Paper, 65 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Assorted Colors, 250/Pack (21003/22003) • Staples Advantage $13.77 2 $27.54
Staples Cardstock Paper, 110 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Ivory, 250/Pack (49703) • Staples Advantage $9.73 2 $19.46
Light Duty Manila File Folders, 1/3 Cut, LETTER-size Holds 8 1/2" x 11", 100/Bx • Staples Advantage $18.99 1 $18.99
Staples Invisible Tape, 3/4" x 1,296", 12/Pack (52380P12) • Staples Advantage $17.99 1 $17.99
Staples Standard Staples, 1/4" Leg Length, 5000 Staples/Box, 5 Boxes/Pack (10807) • Staples Advantage $7.13 1 $7.13

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