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Dr. Tarshes from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Physical Science + Picture Books

Help me give my students engaging physical science lessons this semester! Fiction and nonfiction books and materials, like thermometers and mirrors, will help engage students in our topics from energy transfer to pushes and pulls to chemistry!

  • $598 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Little people are busy and keeping them engaged in learning can be a challenge but with hands-on STE(A)M lessons linked to great literature, even the youngest of students can experience rich classroom learning. Our school is a Title I school and the student population is very diverse. While a large number of students are Hispanic, we also have students who identify as Southeast Asian, African, African American, and Caucasian. As my site's Science Enrichment teacher, I see all of our students from transitional kindergarten, first, and second grades - almost 300 altogether!

My students come to me excited to DO science!

This is why STE(A)M in my classroom is so great. It not only provides students with the opportunity to build on their English and math skills, but to use science learning to participate in an engineering activity. Through developing skills as they work like scientists and engineers, these little learners are also learning how to work in groups, share materials and make compromises. Every day they learn something new that helps them to become better students and future citizens of the world!

My Project

I have an amazing teacher resource that provides some amazing suggestions for hands-on physical science based STE(A)M lessons for elementary students that are tied to fiction and nonfiction texts that engage students in complex topics and support student understanding. I need your help to make these lessons come to life!

My students are eager to learn and I want to help develop their passion for science and engineering- asking questions, investigating, and solving problems!

I have taught a few lessons with picture books and have seen an amazing response in my students. With this project, I will be able to complete our physical science units with the books and materials I need to engage all my students in learning about energy, forces, magnets, inventors, and materials science!

Dr. Tarshes
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Infrared Thermometer, Helect Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58°F to 1022°F (-50°C to 550°C) with LCD Display • Amazon Business $14.95 4 $59.80
Children Warm Magic Gloves Teens Winter Gloves Boys Girls Knit Gloves(7 to 16 years old) (Yellow) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
A Drop Of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
To the Stars!: The First American Woman to Walk in Space • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Acerich 600 Pcs Assorted Colors Pipe Cleaners DIY Art Craft Decorations Chenille Stems (6 mm x 12 Inch) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Heal the Earth (Julian Lennon White Feather Flier Advent) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Me . . . Jane • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Safari Ltd Dogs TOOB With 11 Hand Painted Toy Figurines Including A Dachshund, Dalmatian, Retriever, Sheepdog, Collie, Shepherd, Beagle, Boxer, Great Dane, Doberman, And Bulldog For Ages 3 And Up • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
I See Myself (Vicki Cobb Science Play) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Brooklyn Bridge: The story of the world's most famous bridge and the remarkable family that built it. (Wonders of the World Book) • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
Young Thomas Edison • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
ETA hand2mind Plastic Mirrors, 4" x 6" (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Just a Dream • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Acids and Bases (Why Chemistry Matters) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Pond Walk • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Graphs With Giraffes (Animal Math) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
The Great Graph Contest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Reaching for the Moon • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Measuring Penny (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
In the Woods: Who's Been Here? (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
06/29/1999 • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mirette on the High Wire • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Weslandia • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
So You Want to Be an Inventor? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Engineering in Our Everyday Lives (Engineering Close-up) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Why Should I Save Water? (Why Should I? Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Why Should I Save Energy? (Why Should I? Books) • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography) • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
How Do You Know What Time It Is? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series) • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Floating in Space (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Animals in Flight • Amazon Business $5.86 1 $5.86

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