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Ms. Staley from San Lorenzo CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Nonfiction and the Solar System

The cost of this model of the solor system and books about it is $953, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am currently a fourth and fifth grade combination teacher at Grant School in San Lorenzo, CA. I am interested in creating a science unit for my students about the solar system. Fifth grade students are now required to take a science portion of the California Star Test, and I want to make sure they are prepared. The solar system unit I would like to teach would be a balance of hands on experiments and nonfiction reading and discussion. I find that our textbooks are often too difficult for students to comprehend and I am left without adequate nonfiction resources to help my students. I would like to develop a classroom library of nonfiction books that would support this unit. These books would span topics such as the planets, the sun and our solar system. The books would be able to meet the needs of the different reading levels as well as being engaging to grab students' attention. In addition, I would like students examine the concepts of series and parallel circuits, solar energy, wind power, motors, generators, and gear ratios while building a solar racecar. Also, I would like to teach my students about UV rays and the dangers of sun exposure using UV sensitive beads and paper. By doing experiments such as these, I believe my students will be engaged in science and more eager to learn. We have 3 fifth grade classes (apx. 90) students that would share the materials. I would need 35 books, 6 solar racecar kits, 500 beads and 100 sheets of UV sensitive paper. I have found that around fifth grade students begin to become turned off of science. I would like to help reverse this trend by providing stimulating expirments and texts that will allow students to take their desire further. Thank you, Ingrid Staley

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SOLAR MARS RACER,EXPER KIT • Carolina Biological Supply Company $38.95 6 $233.70
The Solar System Paul B. Sipiera • Barnes and Noble $22.50 6 $135.00
Don't Know Much About the Solar System Kenneth C. Davis, Pedro Martin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 6 $86.34
Sun Print Paper (30 pack) • Steve Spangler Science $12.50 3 $37.50
UV Changing Beads • Science Kit & Boreal Laboratories $9.95 4 $39.80
There's No Place like Space!; All about Our Solar System Tish Rabe, Dr Seuss, Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Solar System Manufactured by Scholastic Inc. Staff, Stuart Atkinson, Scholastic, Andrew Peters (Illustrator), Sebastian Quigley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 6 $32.10
The Planets in Our Solar System Franklyn M. Branley, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Solar System Carmen Bredeson, Orsola De Marco, Katy Kane • Barnes and Noble $4.45 6 $26.70
Solar System Gregory L. Vogt • Barnes and Noble $3.59 6 $21.54
The Solar System (FlashCharts Series) FlashKids Editors • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55

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